As Curtis wrote, "you can squawk about impartiality, but that's not homerism. That's a different approach." Paul Westphal said that Ryan, "loved the Celtics and what they stood for and what they meant to basketball. But, he loved basketball more. Which I think was fair enough." Ryan, as Curtis explains, "was the kind of Celtics fan who demanded good play and personnel management. Anything less he took personally — and litigated it in the Globe."