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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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02/26/15 12:07 EST
The Rajon Rondo trade is looking better and better. The latest incident involving Rondo and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle -- a shouting match that began on the bench, reportedly carried over into the locker room and resulted in Wednesday's one-game suspension for the point guard -- only reinforces what had already become increasingly clear in the two months since the four-time All-Star left Boston -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge out-sharked Mavs owner Mark Cuban in the deal. The Celtics were not willing to meet Rondo's asking price during free agency this coming summer and concluded their captain would walk at season's end, so they swapped a few more months with the lone player remaining from 2008 for what has since amounted to Jae Crowder, two future first-round picks and a pair of second-round selections. For those holding out hope Rondo is the same guy who averaged 17.3 points, 11.9 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals in the 2012 playoffs before an ACL tear
02/19/15 11:08 EST
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When free agency opened at midnight on July 1 this past summer, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge immediately phoned Isaiah Thomas. “Danny Ainge was the first person to call me at 12:01 a.m., so if that’s interest, then I guess so,” Thomas told WEEI.com when his Suns visited Boston in November. “I was interested in whoever was interested in me, so he was definitely a little interested if he was the first one to call me, but they went their ways and I went mine.” With Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley already in place for Boston, Thomas instead joined a crowded backcourt in Phoenix, signing a four-year, $27 million contract with Ainge’s protégé -- Suns general manager Ryan McDonough. Seven and a half months later, moments before the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday, Ainge finally got his man, swapping Marcus Thornton and Cleveland’s 2016 first-round draft pick -- a pair of pieces acquired from the
02/17/15 09:21 EST
In the next 48 hours, the Celtics will be linked to every NBA name rumored to be on the move by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, because Danny Ainge is doing his job. And because the C’s president of basketball operations has more assets at his disposal than any other organization in the league -- what with a cadre of first- and second-round picks over the next five years, a trio of high-priced expiring contracts worth $23.3 million and a handful of talented young players on affordable deals. Heck, one team even inquired about Gerald Wallace, if the Herald is to be believed. The real question is whether the Celtics are buyers or sellers over the next couple days. Plan A, by Ainge’s own admission, is reaching for the stars, but that’s probably pie in the sky, especially since arguably the two biggest names to change teams via trade this season -- Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green -- have both come from Boston. “He's pretty much set an NBA record for draft
02/05/15 03:17 EST
Given the current state of the Eastern Conference, the Celtics remain in the playoff hunt, but how many folks are clamoring for a first-round series against the Hawks? Despite a dismal record, the Celtics (18-30) join the Hornets (21-27), Heat (21-28), Nets (20-28), Pistons (19-31) and Pacers (18-32) in a battle for the East’s final two seeds. Boston currently trails eighth-place Miami by two games in the loss column. But before anyone gets too excited about the Brad Stevens era’s first playoff series, let’s make sure the C’s priorities are in order. First and foremost, the odds are stacked against them. Among the six teams vying for those two spots, the Celtics own the worst winning percentage (.229) against the 22 NBA squads still jockeying for postseason positioning -- by a significant margin (the Pacers are next at .286) -- and Stevens’ charges play 25 of their final 34 games against those 22 teams. Projecting the C’s current record against teams



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Jim Quirk, NFLRA Executiv…

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Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-5-15

WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.

Vince Wilfork with Dale and Holley - They can hate us now

Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.

SB Nation's Paul Flannery…

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

We Love Anthony Davis - Jessica Camerato joins us to talk Marcus Smart

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David Ortiz says remove i…

David Ortiz says remove instant replay to increase pace of baseball

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Blake Swihart sits down with Lou Merloni at Spring Training, 2-23-15

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Pierre McGuire: Chiarelli…

Pierre McGuire: Chiarelli needs to be aggressive at trade deadline 2-26-15

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Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy, joins the Sunday Skate crew 2-22-15

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Big John in Providence wants us to talk about sports 2-26-15

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Ben Cherington breaks down the Red Sox offseason with D&C in Fort Myers 2-26-15

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Xander Bogaerts admits he lost his confidence last season 2-26-15

Bogaerts sat down with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to talk about the upcoming season. He revealed that he lost his confidence last season after a tough start and is looking forward to settling into shortstop in the future.

Pierre McGuire: Chiarelli…

Pierre McGuire: Chiarelli will need to be aggressive at trade deadline 2-26-15

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How can the MLB become more popular? 2-26-15

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Ortiz: new pace of play rules are BS 2-26-15

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Don't look now, but the n…

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Bill "Spaceman" Lee talks Red Sox spring training andCuban baseball players

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