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Paul Flannery began his journalism career answering phones at the Boston Herald before embarking on a cross-country odyssey that included stops in Oregon, Virginia and Philadelphia. He then returned home to Boston, where he was the online editor at Boston magazine and began covering the Celtics in 2008. Flannery also contributes to the Phoenix and teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

 
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Paul Flannery
11/07/2009 - 8:41am
In the NBA it never pays to look ahead, but it is sometimes instructive to look back. The Phoenix Suns came into the TD Garden Friday night licking their wounds after an embarrassing loss to the Orlando Magic Wednesday night.
Paul Flannery
11/04/2009 - 12:07am
Paul Flannery
11/02/2009 - 6:51pm
Paul Flannery
10/31/2009 - 9:46am
The other night the Celtics were lamenting how much further they had to go before they could say that they had played a complete game. The offense was a step or two behind the defense, they said, and not yet operating at peak efficiency.
Paul Flannery
10/30/2009 - 5:06pm
Having had 48 hours to digest the excerpts from the unpublished manuscript of jailed former ref Tim Donaghy that were leaked to Deadspin and the reaction to said leaks, a few patterns have emerged: 1. Nothing in the excerpt is really shocking to people who watch the NBA on a regular basis.
Paul Flannery
10/29/2009 - 5:40am
The Celtics didn’t just beat up on the Bobcats in the C's home opener Wednesday night. They demoralized them.
Paul Flannery
10/27/2009 - 10:48pm
If there has been one constant of the Big Three era in Boston, it has been a relative absence of crazy. Sure, little things have flared up from time to time, but unlike almost every other NBA locker room, there have been very few non-basketball items on the agenda.
Paul Flannery
10/26/2009 - 10:21pm
On the eve of another NBA season, we convened our expert panel to talk about the Celtics, their quest for Banner No. 18 and the league at large. Our panel agreed on some things (LeBron for MVP) and disagreed on others (just what position does Marquis Daniels play, anyway?) and one of us thinks the Magic and Nuggets are on a collision course for the NBA Finals. A DOZEN FOR THE DOZEN
Paul Flannery
10/25/2009 - 11:35pm
WALTHAM — Much has been made about the empty banner that hangs in the corner of the Celtics practice facility.
Paul Flannery
10/23/2009 - 7:36am
The big question facing the Celtics this preseason — really the biggest preseason question in the whole NBA — concerned the health and well-being of Kevin Garnett. Those questions appear to be answered. KG is back.
Paul Flannery
09/18/2009 - 2:17pm
Every year in the NBA as a new crop of first-year players take the floor, veteran players can’t wait to test them. Can they handle themselves on the block? How do they react to the pick and roll? If there’s a weakness in their game it will be exploited over and over again. It’s no different in politics, especially here where campaigns are treated like blood sport and the old Massachusetts maxim holds true: Our three obsessions are sports, politics and revenge.
Paul Flannery
09/13/2009 - 11:46pm
 In any given week in the NFL there are approximately 2,000 plays run from scrimmage. On each one, 22 players move in a convoluted dance of finely orchestrated chaotic violence. Within every off-tackle run and each play-action pass there are individual matchups to be won and lost and snap decisions that have to be made. Each offensive play is carefully scripted and then broken down and diagnosed to produce a defensive counter with principles attached to every subtle movement. Even within that strict construct, the possible outcomes are limitless.
Paul Flannery
08/13/2009 - 9:50pm
Like snowflakes or Rajon Rondo jump shots, no two NBA offseasons are exactly the same. The summer of 2009 was supposed to be the prudish precursor to the wild hedonism of 2010 when teams with oodles of cap space and money to burn would cash in on the greatest free agency class ever. Throw in an underwhelming draft class and this summer should have been more about maintaining the status quo. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.
Paul Flannery
08/10/2009 - 6:00pm
In the end the anticipated bidding war for Glen Big Baby Davis never really materialized, and if there was going to be one the Celtics did a good enough job of making sure other teams knew it would be a waste of their time to start one in the first place.
Paul Flannery
07/22/2009 - 10:38am
It was a few minutes after Rasheed Wallace’s introductory press conference and Paul Pierce was talking about the need to cut down on his minutes. It was no secret during the playoffs that Pierce was operating at something less than 100 percent. Whether he was injured – and Pierce swears he wasn’t – or just wiped out from logging more than 3,000 regular-season minutes (something he hadn’t done since the 2005-06 season), something had to be done about the Captain’s workload.
Paul Flannery
07/14/2009 - 8:32pm
All around the league, power forwards are finding new homes, or returning to their respective franchises. Rasheed Wallace, Brandon Bass and Antonio McDyess all found new addresses and Anderson Varejao, Carlos Boozer and Zaza Pachulia elected to stay put. Meanwhile, Utah’s other free agent big man, Paul Millsap, signed an offer sheet with Portland.
Paul Flannery
07/09/2009 - 9:14pm
WALTHAM -- There were six microphones set up on the dais, which seemed an extraordinarily large amount for an introductory press conference for one player, even one as important as Rasheed Wallace. So, as the time crept past the scheduled 4 p.m. start time, the question was: Who would be joining Rasheed? The mystery was soon solved as one by one, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and yes, Kevin Garnett, joined Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge on the podium with Wallace.
Paul Flannery
07/06/2009 - 7:58pm
When Rasheed Wallace was a freshman at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, he could already do just about everything on a basketball court. Well, there was one thing that gave him trouble. “Rasheed couldn’t make a lefty layup to save his life,” said his coach Bill Ellerbee, a legend in high school coaching circles. “He would go off the wrong foot all the time.”
Paul Flannery
07/02/2009 - 11:30am
When you look at Rasheed Wallace what do you see? •A 6-foot-11 player who shoots 3’s and owns a volcanic temper? •A versatile big man who can defend power forwards and centers? •A 14-year veteran who has logged over 1,000 games and is coming off a down season statistically? •The best value for the Celtics to use their mid-level exception?
Paul Flannery
07/01/2009 - 8:42am
 This is a test
Paul Flannery
06/26/2009 - 5:44am
True to their word, the Celtics were merely bystanders in what most observers called the weakest draft since 2000, holding steady with the 58th pick where they selected Lester Hudson from Tennessee-Martin. But the draft was merely a sidebar on a day when the top contenders in the East added mega-watt star power as Cleveland grabbed Shaquille O’Neal and Orlando traded for Vince Carter. Add in Washington’s moves earlier in the week to get Mike Miller and Randy Foye, and suddenly, the Eastern Conference got a whole tougher.
Paul Flannery
06/23/2009 - 10:57pm
So, heard any good rumors lately? The NBA silly season is in full swing and as more names get leaked into the blogosphere it seems fitting that the kickoff to what promises to be one of the odder NBA offseasons in recent memory features a draft with more questions than answers and more smoke than a Cheech and Chong marathon. This is what we know about the NBA Draft on Thursday. •Blake Griffin will go No. 1 and unless he succumbs to the Clipper Curse he will be a productive All-Star caliber player for a decade, if not a franchise maker.
Paul Flannery
05/21/2009 - 8:01pm
PAUL’S OPENING SALVO So in a span of 72 hours, Boston went from being the only city to have both its winter sports teams still alive in the playoffs to having none of its winter sports teams still alive in the playoffs. And to make things worse, the Celtics and Bruins lost to a couple of made-up franchises that didn’t even exist when we started following sports. (Yes, I know the Hurricanes are the descendants of the Whalers, but the Whale died forever for me when Peter Karmanos moved them to NASCAR country.)
Paul Flannery
05/18/2009 - 1:55am
Before the Celtics' final game of the 2008-09 season, Doc Rivers was asked if this was enough. Was it enough to win 62 games, beat back the Chicago Bulls in an epic seven-game series and take the Orlando Magic to another grueling seven-game series without their best player and best backup big man?
Paul Flannery
05/15/2009 - 12:48am
Here’s the thing with Game 7’s. As Paul Pierce likes to say: “Anything can happen.” You might get a wide-eyed blowout a la the Hawks last season and you might get one of the best one-on-one duels the sports has ever seen like when Pierce and LeBron James went toe-to-toe.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk cleared as Pats prepare for start of training camp

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Starbucks tattoo 7-23-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Jake Peavy is done 7-23-14

The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

Three For All: Landscaping goats, 7-23-14

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

John Farrell: No thought …

John Farrell: No thought of taking Jake Peavy out of the starting rotation at this point

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Sidney Rice chooses his health over everything else with retirement announcement, will this continue to be a trend in the NFL?

We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Patriots Preview Edition - 7-23-14

We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Danny O Show - Canelo vs Lara recap, Ronnie Shields

Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

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The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

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We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

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Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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