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Born and raised in and around Boston, Ben Rohrbach finished third in WEEI’s Next Great Sports Blogger contest, but they hired him anyway. He’s covered Celtics basketball and the NBA for WEEI.com since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in ESPN.com, SI.com, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and The MetroWest Daily News, where he was honored among the New England Press Association’s best daily sports column honorees.

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09/29/14 10:16 EST
When Rajon Rondo slipped in the shower, any hope the Celtics had of a surprise playoff run shattered along with his left metatarsal on that windowsill, and people are manufacturing reasons to blame that on the All-Star point guard as I write. The Celtics stink, and Rondo hasn’t played an NBA game at full strength since Jan. 25, 2013 -- three weeks shy of starting in his fourth All-Star Game -- so let’s stop pointing the finger at the only player left with a 2008 championship ring, shall we? Every time Rondo appears in a headline, we hear the same stupid suggestions. He’s a jerk. They’re better off without him. He can’t shoot anyway. He’s a diva. And so on. Look at the first comment posted on the last three Green Street blogs about Rondo. “A fall? I have no problem seeing this guy in another uniform, provided we get a few bodies who might help us...” “RELEASE RAJON RONDO.” “After Rondo's boo boo to his hand
09/23/14 04:12 EST
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In his first media session since the night he drafted Rajon Rondo’s heir apparent, Celtics president Danny Ainge scoffed at a question about his All-Star point guard’s future in Boston, as if queries about the impending free agent weren’t coming. “We expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long-term,” Ainge said. “Does that need to be asked anymore by anybody ever again? He’s a free agent next summer. I expect this to be the best year of his career. He's worked really hard this year, and I think Rondo's going to have the best year of his life. That’s what I expect.” Ainge may not feel like facing the questions, but they’re only getting started. Wyc Grousbeck didn’t do Ainge any favors, telling a TV audience, Rondo’s “super stubborn. I don’t know how coachable he really is.” So, the questions persist. Brad Stevens countered, “He's a guy that I've really enjoyed coaching,” and the Celtics
07/24/14 06:23 EST
In memory of Danny Ainge’s pursuit of Kevin Love, let’s have a moment of silence. The only question now is just how long this mourning period will last in Boston. Wave the green flag. Love, at least from a Celtics perspective, is lost. Oh, how they’ll miss the days when Love was in the Boston air and puns were all the rage. Like most summer flings, though, they should have seen the signs. He was just using them. He dropped a hint back in February. “Boston is a great city,” Love said. The Celtics finally worked up the courage to call in May. And the Love affair began. They shared one magical weekend in Boston. It was Love at first sight. The Timberwolves played hard to get, flirting with offers from the Bulls, Cavaliers, Kings, Lakers, Nuggets, Suns and Warriors before declaring Love is not available. Sure enough, the less Flip Saunders seemed to care, the more teams came calling. The C’s crawled on their hands and knees, begging for one more chance.
07/17/14 01:38 EST
The fireworks Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck promised are nowhere to be seen and no showy display appears on the horizon, so Danny Ainge has come under some fire. But can you really blame Ainge? The C’s president made no such promises. NBA franchises aren’t rebuilt in a year. It’s a grievous process shrouded in assets and wealth management, and to give fans a reason to believe otherwise is misleading. As a venture capitalist, Grousbeck should understand. Behind closed doors, he must regret his now infamous vow. Obviously, C’s owners want a winning product even more than the most faithful fans, since a few more seats sold never hurts the bottom line, but Ainge isn’t about to let fandom get in the way of good business practice. Don’t get me wrong. Ainge’s offseason has been a dud. The lottery went off without a bang. The Kevin Love sweepstakes fizzled. His biggest move in free agency thus far has been a four-year, $32 million deal to retain Avery



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