Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Paul Flannery » Paul Flannery Archive
About Paul Flannery

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.

 
COLUMNS
Paul Flannery
02/23/2011 - 3:30am
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Rajon Rondo were allowed to play in a wide-open Western Conference system, you got your answer Tuesday night.
Paul Flannery
02/20/2011 - 9:51pm
Put yourself back in October and try this scenario on for size:
Paul Flannery
02/17/2011 - 12:59am
Of all the things that mystified and befuddled the Celtics last season, it was their curious inability win games at TD Garden that bothered them the most.
Paul Flannery
02/15/2011 - 9:10pm
There were only a few minutes left in practice and Delonte West was about to pass through his final test before making his return to the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/14/2011 - 8:13pm
Back on Jan. 19, Magic general manager Otis Smith called out the Celtics with a comment to the Orlando-Sentinel that hit them right where they live. “They act tough,” Smith told the paper in part of a wide-ranging interview. “They’re not really tough.
Paul Flannery
02/13/2011 - 8:50pm
Rajon Rondo does so many unusually freakish things on the basketball court that the part that escapes most casual observers is his intelligence. “He sees things I don’t see and never would have been able to see,” Doc Rivers said.
Paul Flannery
02/12/2011 - 6:12pm
Practice has been over for an hour, but there was Rajon Rondo working on his jump shot. From angles and distances all over the court, Rondo took shot after shot, being fed a steady supply of passes from assistant coach Armond Hill.
Paul Flannery
02/11/2011 - 2:09am
Give the Celtics credit for this much. They had a ready-made excuse for their second-half crash and burn against the Lakers. With only 10 players available at the start of the game, and two of them rookies, their numbers took another hit when Nate Robinson left the game late with a bruised knee and didn’t return. But they wouldn’t bite.
Paul Flannery
02/09/2011 - 8:30pm
It was only a week and a half ago that the Celtics and Lakers met, but so much has already changed.
Paul Flannery
02/08/2011 - 8:44pm
When it comes to Marquis Daniels, there are simply too many unknowns right now, both for him and the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/07/2011 - 1:36pm
In the summer of 1996 the Milwaukee Bucks had a decision to make. They had a new coach in Chris Ford and the fourth pick in a stocked draft.
Paul Flannery
02/06/2011 - 8:57pm
Of all the things that make Rajon Rondo the most uniquely-interesting member of the Celtics is that we still don’t know what he is really capable of doing.
Paul Flannery
02/05/2011 - 1:57am
There are some losses that reveal a deeper meaning. A hidden truth, perhaps. Or maybe a loss exposes a closely-held flaw that suddenly blossoms into a full-scale problem.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 7:27pm
On Thursday, the NBA will announce the reserves for the All-Star teams as voted on by the coaches.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 2:47am
Of all the things Doc Rivers set out to accomplish this season, coaching the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game ranks low on the list. He’d be the first one to tell you that whatever success the Celtics have had in their first 48 games of the season is directly related to his team’s relative good health.
Paul Flannery
01/30/2011 - 10:46pm
To watch the Celtics play at their best is to wonder how they ever lose. How can a team with this many weapons, that is this unselfish, that plays this kind of defense ever come up short? The obvious reasons include health, focus and the unrelenting NBA schedule.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2011 - 2:58pm
The Celtics will never get over Game 7.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2011 - 3:42am
Here was a night when the Celtics offensive machine was spinning its wheels like a Prius in a snowbank. It was a night when the factors in the C's usual formula for disaster — low shooting, high turnovers and lots and lots of offensive rebounds for the other team — were all happening at once.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 8:01pm
The Celtics are about to head out on their first west coast swing of the season where they will play four games in six night starting Thursday night in Portland. While trips to the opposite coast are never easy, this one figures to be particularly grueling.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 1:17am
Kendrick Perkins couldn’t sleep Monday night. After seven months away from the game and just a little over six months removed from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, Perkins was just hours away from making his long-awaited return. So, he went to the gym around 10 p.m. and stayed there until Monday became Tuesday.
Paul Flannery
01/24/2011 - 10:42pm
There hasn’t been much to worry about with the Celtics this season, even with all the injuries. One way or another they have managed to patch up the lineup with a Semih Erden here or a Luke Harangody there and continue to roll right along.
Paul Flannery
01/22/2011 - 1:06am
There are times when Glen Davis wants it all and he wants it now. In a perfect world he’d be a starting power forward, getting 10-15 shots a game and putting up big numbers. The memories of his run as the Celtics power forward during the 2009 playoffs still run strong with Davis.
Paul Flannery
01/20/2011 - 1:36am
Let’s start with the obvious: The Celtics had no business winning this game. They shot 45 percent, missed 10 of 14 3-pointers, turned it over 18 times and clanged 11 free throws. Not that the Pistons were much better, but they were the ones with an eight-point lead and less than eight minutes to play.
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 7:47pm
All things considered, the Celtics have had an extremely successful first half of the season. They sit atop the Eastern Conference with a four-game edge in the loss-column on the Miami Heat (and three on the Lakers).
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 2:56am
For 29 minutes or so, Kevin Garnett looked every bit the player he was before he strained his calf muscle two and a half weeks ago against Detroit. He was active on the glass, smooth with his jumper and had more than a few words for everyone in an Orlando uniform.


Audio On Demand

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

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.

Sox Manager John Farrell …

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

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

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Hillary Clinton wants to change the Redskins mascot 7-30-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on th…

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Making sense of all the trade talk with WEEI.com's Alex Speier

We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

Waving goodbye to the ol' Lefty? Jon Lester appears headed out of Boston

We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.

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.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Producer's Podcast-Is Leb…

Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

More from this show

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

More from this show

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

More from this show

Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

More from this show

Jon Lester scratched 7-30…

Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

More from this show

Weei Writers