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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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06/26/15 04:15 EST
Not so psyched about how the Celtics fared in the NBA draft? Well, there’s still time to salvage this summer in free agency. For various reasons, the Celtics won’t land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade or Brandon Knight, but there are plenty other players to be had when the clock strikes midnight on July 1. Mock drafts were fun -- even if Terry Rozier wasn’t listed at No. 16 by any sane person -- so we put together a draft board for the C’s in free agency, putting the 30 players we’d most like to see in Boston next year in numerical order. 1. LaMarcus Aldridge | PF/C | Portland Trail Blazers | 29.3 years old | 6’11” | 240 pounds Status: Unrestricted Current salary: $16.0 million 2014-15 stats (71 games): 23.4 points (52.8 true shooting percentage), 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 35.4 minutes per game (22.8 player efficiency rating) He’s reportedly told
06/26/15 02:25 EST
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What the hell just happened? The 2015 NBA draft began for the Celtics when they picked a kid who’s scared of squirrels and ended with Danny Ainge conceding, “We don’t have room on the roster for all four guys, and we may even be buying another pick before the night’s over.” They used their first and fourth picks on point guards when their two best players -- Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart -- are ... point guards. Most prognosticators predicted the player they selected at No. 28 would go in the middle of the first round, and the two guys they drafted at Nos. 16 and 33 were projected closer to 28th. And the kid they picked at No. 45 shares a name with a guy they traded this past season. In the end, despite Ainge twice assuring everyone he wasn't disappointed by his failed attempts to trade into the top 10, he was decidedly disappointed. He had publicly expressed his desire to move up before the draft, tried desperately to land the No. 9 pick (presumably to
06/25/15 09:37 EST
If you believe what you read on the Internet, the Celtics are currently attempting to: A.) swap Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk and the No. 16 pick for Nerlens Noel and No. 3; B.) move up to select Willie Cauley-Stein, Myles Turner, Justise Winslow or Mario Hezonja; C.) trade for DeMarcus Cousins; D.)recruit Kevin Love, Robin Lopez and Paul Pierce as a bizarro big three; E.) and/or pursue LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews in free agency. Draft day oughta be fun. In fact, if even one or two of those rumors turns out to be true, this entire summer promises to be a spectacular one. The Summer of Ainge has finally arrived. The Celtics have been linked to nearly every major move rumored in the past several weeks, and that’s because Ainge put his team in position to do just about anything when Thursday's draft kicks off the NBA offseason. With countless picks, a wealth of cap space and a roster full of valuable contracts, the C’s could look entirely different
06/18/15 06:18 EST
We already covered the odds of Celtics president Danny Ainge trading up in the draft, but given his unpredictability you would think he’s just as likely to trade out of the first round entirely, as he did when acquiring Ray Allen for the fifth pick in 2007. Think again. Most often, first-round picks are dealt for other first-round picks, either packaged along with assets to move up (as the Celtics did in 2013 with the 16th pick and two second-rounders to grab Kelly Olynyk) or traded down for more assets (as the C’s did in 2014 with the 25th pick for No. 27 and a future second-rounder). There are a slew of teams that traded top-10 picks for already established talent, although few have worked out as well as Allen. (For example, the Knicks traded No. 7 pick Nene Hilario, Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson to the Nuggets for Antonio McDyess, Frank Williams and future second-round pick Maciej Lampe.) Except, the Celtics don’t own a top-10 pick. So, we looked instead at teams



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NFL Sunday with Dickerson…

NFL Sunday with Dickerson and Price -- Reaction to Don Banks and more on Deflategate - 6-28-15

The guys react to what Don Banks had to say and get into some more thoughts on Deflategate. Are McNally and Jastremski ever going to break their silence and give their side of the story? Price says yes ... eventually.

Don Banks, SI.com, joins Dickerson and Price on NFL Sunday - 6-28-15

Don Banks talks with the NFL Sunday boys about his reaction to Brady's appeal, where we go from here and the NFL's motives and decisions throughout the process. He also gets into the Pats offseason so far and their weakness at CB. Don gives his take on the AFC East this year and how some of the Pats' rivals have improved.

NFL Sunday with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- Reaction to news from Tom Brady's appeal on Tuesday - 6-28-15

Greg and Price discuss their thoughts on some of the reports that have leaked after Tuesday from Brady's appeal hearing. The boys talk about what the reaction will be if Brady decides to accept a 1-game suspension. Fans want a complete exoneration, but there's a good chance that they won't get that - how will they react? They also talk with Mike Petraglia and get his thought on the appeal and more.

We Love Anthony Davis - A…

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

We Love Anthony Davis - NBA Finals Breakdown 6-13-15

Sam is joined by Jared Weiss from The Garden Report and CLNS Radio to breakdown game 4 of Cavs-Warriors, preview game 5 on Sunday, and analyze the Celtics needs this off-season.

Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Clay Buchholz Player Of T…

Clay Buchholz Player Of The Game Interview 7-04-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who threw a much-needed complete game win against the Astros at Fenway Park.

Alejandro De Aza Player of the Game Interview07-02-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza about the Red Sox solid road trip and offensive outpouring in a win against Toronto.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We discuss the state of the Sox, specifically Rick Porcello, with Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Tanguay and Volin on the …

Tanguay and Volin on the Patriots off-season 7-3-15

Gary and Ben on the Pats.

Larry Lucchino on Rick Porcello. 7-2-15

The guys discussed the latest Red Sox news with Larry.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Dukes of Hazard pulled by TV Land 7-2-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Gary Tanguay.

Three For All: Conor McGr…

Three For All: Conor McGregor calls out Mayweather & Joey Chestnut Vs. the field, 7-3-15

Conor McGregor has harsh words for Floyd Mayweather on Conan, Colbert hosts public access TV & will Joey Chestnut defend his title in Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Celtics Off-Season & how they can lure a star to Boston, 7-3-15

Discussing Greg Monroe signing with Milwaukee and debating if that gives hope to a cold weather city in Boston

Targeting pitchers the Red Sox should think about trading for, 7-3-15

Kicking around the dream of acquiring a pitcher like Sonny Gray and how much you would have to give up in order to acquire that caliber talent

Bradfo and Hart's Four at…

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Bradfo and Andy Hart with an early look at Patriots training camp

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Andy Hart of Patriots.com are in for Dale, Holley, and Thornton. Bradfo and Hart take some time to discuss the upcoming issues for Pats training camp, including what QB reps will be like between Brady and the backups.

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Planet Mikey: Rick Porcello Limericks and Red Sox Midterm Grades

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Danny Picard reacts to NBA Draft, 6-25-15

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SoccerCast - Revs Downfal…

SoccerCast - Revs Downfall & MLS Changing a Rule?

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss the Revs continued downfall & argue over The Mighty Ducks movie franchise

Red Sox Farm Report Podcast July 1st Edition

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We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Tanguay and Volin on the …

Red Sox Farm Report Podca…

Red Sox Farm Report Podcast July 1st Edition

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined by special guests Mike Mutnansky of the Red Sox Radio Network and Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers to talk Sox prospects. What do the struggles of Rusney Castillo and Rick Porcello in the majors mean? Also, the international signing period begins July 2, looking back at past Latin American signings. And June selections for affiliate players of the month

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Don Cherry joins MFB 7-2-15

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