Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in his weekly interview on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed the flurry of Celtics activity at the trade deadline, in which the team came close to deals that would have broken up the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett before ultimately keeping that group together (along with Rajon Rondo).
Allen was the closest to going, as the Celtics nearly had a deal that would have sent the shooting guard to the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick. It had reached the point where GM Danny Ainge -- not Rivers -- called Allen to inform him that the deal was almost certainly going down, before an 11th hour change of course.
"Usually that's my job [to call a player before he is traded], and I was instructed to, but I never did. Danny did, or talked to him. But no, I didn't have to do that," said Rivers. "The best news was talking to him that we're not doing anything, when he pretty much knew we were. ... I was happy with the way he handled it. Ray, he's such a pro. You know how feelings get hurt. Ray was great."
Meanwhile, a rumored deal in which Paul Pierce would have been traded to the Nets for the expiring contract of Mehmet Okur (and his expiring contract) and New Jersey's lottery pick in the upcoming draft was not close, in Rivers' estimation.
"That wasn't close at all," said Rivers. "That had no chance."
Rivers understood why the team considered trading the veterans, including Allen.
"You have to look at the future as well, so I understood that," said Rivers. "It was hard, but I understood that."
However, he was relieved when the deals did not transpire.
"That would have been a very hard day if we had to pull the trigger and do those things," he said. "I just like our guys. Obviously, you've got to do what you've got to do and business is business, but Ray, Paul and Kevin, as far as I'm concerned, the longer we can keep them together, the better. That may be the best for the team. It may not be. But I just like them."
While Rivers and the Celtics are mindful of balancing short-term and long-term interests, the coach suggested that it would have been nearly impossible for the team to enjoy its current late-season surge towards the playoffs had it made one of the rumored trade night deals.
"No, I don't think so," Rivers said of whether this run would have been possible after a deal. "Just with new guys on a team, that would have been difficult."
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
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Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
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Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
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Mark Dondero of WPRI came in studio for the final hour and addressed his odd question to Bill Belichick.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex Reimer react to the Peter King interview on Dale and Holley.
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer joined Gerry and Kirk to discuss his story on Chris Mortensen.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
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