Former NBA coach and current ABC/ESPN analyst Avery Johnson joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Johnson said the Celtics need their offensive leader to return to form. "Paul needs to play like Paul Pierce," Johnson said. "With him guarding Ron Artest quite often and not Kobe [Bryant] as much as he did with LeBron James, you expect more offense out of Paul Pierce. This team has always been successful when he's been the leading scorer, when he's the guy. ... I think the key is, I haven't seen Paul Pierce with the type of aggressiveness and knockout-type of look in his eyes, where he's trying to knock a guy out. He's been jabbing, to take a boxing term, in this series, and he hasn't been trying to knock guys out with his scoring. For the Celtics' sake, we'll see if that changes."
Johnson was asked about Rajon Rondo appearing tired at times. Said Johnson: "It may be a little bit of fatigue. But at the same time, this is not the time of year to really get tired. Especially a young guy like Rondo. He's supposed to be in tip-top shape. I just think more than anything, it could be mental. ... We've seen him have those types of stretches where he just looks a little disinterested, he's not aggressive, he's real passive on the floor." Johnson also speculated that Rondo's troubles at the free throw line might be affecting his decision-making in terms of driving to the basket.
Johnson said the referees weren't the deciding factor in Game 3, and the coaches will handle that situation in their own way. "You've got two of the smartest coaches in basketball involved in the finals," Johnson said. "They know how to navigate those situations and send subtle messages to their players and especially officials."
Johnson, who is trying to work his way back into an NBA head coaching job, said he doesn't expect the Celtics will have an opening this offseason. "I don't see [Doc Rivers] walking away," he said. "I see him coming back next year."
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.