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

It Is What It Is Cast: Lo…

It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Parcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

Celtics President Danny A…

Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Lupita Nyong'o is the Most Beautiful Woman 4-24-14

Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

Daily Diamond: NY's react…

Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.

Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Dave O'Brien with Dale an…

Dave O'Brien with Dale and Holley 4-24-14

Sox Broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins us for his take on Pinetargate.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Cheater Edition - 4-24-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by Pinetargate at Fenway and cheating in Pro Sports.

Previewing the rest of the Bruins-Red Wings Series with the great Jack Edwards of NESN 4-24-14

Dale and Holley preview the rest of the Bruins-Red Wings Series with the great Jack Edwards of NESN

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

Fantasy Football Off-Seas…

Fantasy Football Off-Season Podcast 4

The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

Pine Tar Finally Catches …

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

More from this show

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox ha…

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox haven't been able to replace Ellsbury, 4-23-14

Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Colbert introduced on Letterman

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

More from this show

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

More from this show

Brad Marchand is a floppe…

Brad Marchand is a flopper 4-23-14

The guys opened the show by discussing Brad Marchand's flop and the Bruins win last night.

More from this show

Weei Writers