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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 - N…

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?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

Pablo Sandoval Player Of …

Pablo Sandoval Player Of The Game Interview 6-28-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox third baseman, who hit a homer and knocked in two runs in the win in Tampa Bay.

Mookie Betts Player Of The Game Interview 6-21-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox center fielder, who was a single short of the cycle in the blowout win in Kansas City.

Bob Kendrick, President of The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City

Joe Castiglione talked to Justin Masterson and Bob Kendrick after the annual team trip to the museum.

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!

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Ted 2 struggles at the box office 6-29-15

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

Can the Red Sox move on from Hanley Ramirez? 6-29-15

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The Bruins are a laughingstock 6-29-15

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Bruins fans: Your team is…

Bruins fans: Your team is in a complete "re-building" mode, 6-29-15

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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports assesses Don Sweeney's first draft as GM of the Bruins, 6-29-15

Pierre McGuire joined the show to talk about Doug Hamilton and Milan Lucic being traded, the 3 picks the B's made in the first round, Adam McQuaid, and generally what the front office may be thinking with this approach.

Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy, discusses Don Sweeney's poor draft and trades, 6-29-15

Greg Wyshynski talk about the negative reviews of the Lucic and Hamilton trades, and the subsequent draft picks on Friday.

Bruins blow up the team, …

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They're the topic of the town again, and probably for the wrong reasons. Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss where the Bruins went wrong, what direction they may be heading, and how it may or may not get better.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 06-29-15

We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the weekend.

View of the Bruins from Canada with John Shannon of RogersSportsNet

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

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Planet Mikey & Greg Dickerson on the Celtics drafting Terry Rozier

Minutes after the Boston Celtics selected Louisville guard Terry Rozier with the 16th pick in the NBA Draft, WEEI's Greg Dickerson joined Mikey Adams, Chris Villani, and Lenny Megliola to give their thoughts.

Red Sox Farm Report Podca…

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We Love Anthony Davis - Confusing Celtics Draft 6-26-15

After a disappointing and confusing NBA Draft, Chris Forsberg joins Sam to discuss the draft and the Danny Ainge's strategy moving into Free Agency.

Wrestlecast 6/25

Mike Mulloy is back to talk Raw and vent some frustrations with the current state of affairs.

Where is Minihane? 6-29-1…

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Kirk was told to stay home after his crossover with Fauria.

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