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Mayor Menino Refers To Kevin Garnett As ‘KJ,’ Rajon Rondo As ‘Hondo’

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20:  Caroline Kennedy, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Thomas Fitzgerald prepare to throw out the first pitch  during 100 Years of Fenway Park ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park April 20, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 20: Caroline Kennedy, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Thomas Fitzgerald prepare to throw out the first pitch during 100 Years of Fenway Park ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park April 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — When the local teams are on a major national stage, it’s generally just a matter of time before Boston mayor Thomas Menino starts talking sports.

And much of the time, it’s inevitable that he’ll mispronounce a player’s name or get the player wrong altogether.

That was the case on Wednesday, when Menino was asked about the current Celtics run.

“There’s a lot of heart on this team,” Menino said. “KJ is great, but Hondo’s really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team.”

When saying “KJ,” it’s safe to assume Menino was referring to “KG,” or Kevin Garnett, and not Kevin Johnson, the former NBA player and current mayor of Sacramento, Calif. And while Hondo is the nickname for Celtics John Havlicek, he is not the man playing point guard for the Celtics this year. That job belongs to Rajon Rondo.

Menino On “KJ” And “Hondo”: 

Of course, this is nothing new for Menino. In the past, he’s mistakenly credited Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek with kicking a Super Bowl-winning field goal, a job that was done by Adam Vinatieri. This year before the Super Bowl, he mispronounced Wes Welker as “Wekler” and Rob Gronkowski as “Grabowski,” and in a less egregious offense, he also referred to the old Bruins as the “Lunch Bucket Brigade” rather than “Lunch Pail Brigade.”

Menino responded Thursday morning with a Tweet:

Things could get even more interesting this year, too. If the Celtics win either Game 6 on Thursday or Game 7 on Saturday if it’s necessary, they’ll move on to face the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team with a roster that includes Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka.

98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich had some fun with it:

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