TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)
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♦ Cross one name off the list of potential Celtics coaches: Brian Shaw is slated to be introduced Tuesday as the new coach of the Nuggets.
Shaw, a 1988 first-round draft pick of the Celtics who played 2 1/2 seasons in Boston and for eight teams in 14 seasons, has been an NBA assistant for the last decade. He assisted Phil Jackson with the Lakers for six years but was passed over for the lead job when Jackson retired in 2011. Shaw, 47, spent the last two seasons as Frank Vogel‘s top assistant for the Pacers.
“I feel like I’ve waited and paid my dues,” Shaw told The Denver Post.
“So great to see Brian Shaw rewarded with this long-overdue opportunity,” Vogel texted The Associated Press. “Congrats to Brian and the Nuggets. Denver just got one of the best head coaches this league will see for years to come.”
In Denver, Shaw replaces George Karl, who led the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 games this past season but was not retained after the team’s first-round playoff exit.
“I look at the positive things that they did, the things they did well under George Karl, and try to continue to build on those,” Shaw told ESPN. “And in some of the areas where they could use improvement, try to improve in those areas. I want to put my own spin on things, push the right buttons and find the right combinations.”
♦ The Heat are in celebration mode after winning their second straight NBA championship, but they’re already working to keep together their lineup for an attempt at a three-peat. Ray Allen can opt out of the second year of his two-year contact and enter free agency for the second straight year.
Allen, who joined the Heat after five seasons in Boston, isn’t saying much, but his teammates have made it clear what they think.
“He’s coming back,” Chris Bosh said. “There’s really nothing else to think about. We respect each other’s space, but there’s only one decision to make. So, it’s easy.”
Allen, 37, hit the game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation of Game 6 to force overtime and save the Heat from being eliminated.
“I have to say that was the greatest shot I ever hit in my career,” he said.
♦ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced Monday that he has been pronounced cancer-free after jaw surgery and won’t need chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
“From what I’ve been told, everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back,” Kelly said at his football camp in Buffalo.
Kelly said he learned of his prognosis last Wednesday, less than two weeks after he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth in that area removed in surgery. He’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 25, 1997, the NBA draft was held in Charlotte. Despite having the league’s worst record, the Celtics did not win the lottery and missed out on the chance to select Tim Duncan with the No. 1 pick. However, they did have two high picks: No. 3 and No. 6. Which players did they select?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We did it to Toronto, so I guess we get a taste of our own medicine here. It sucks.” – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, after the Bruins’ Game 6 collapse Monday night vs. the Blackhawks
STAT OF THE DAY: 17 – Seconds in which the Blackhawks scored two late goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory that clinched the Stanley Cup
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): During the Heat’s victory parade Monday in Miami, LeBron James and friends have to duck to get under a couple of overpasses while riding atop an open double-decker bus.
Dwyane Wade‘s fifth-grade son, Zaire Wade, takes after his father on the basketball court.
Meanwhile, 11-year-old VanAubrey Thomas, from LeBron James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, also has a pretty impressive game.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Chauncey Billups (3) and Ron Mercer (6)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Michael was born on this day in 1963.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about the Patriots clinching homefield advantage and who the AFC is contenders.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the Patriots' approach for Sunday's game against Buffalo, a game rendered essentially meaningless now that the Patriots have clinched the No. 1 seed.
Bruschi joins the conversation on the Patriots win over the Jets and other games over the weekend.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Just like on a Sunday morning in the summer, Butch Stearns and Steve Buckley hit the airwaves to talk about the Bruins win last night, and Patriots possibly resting starters against Buffalo this Sunday.
Nancy Frates called in to discuss her son Pete and her granddaughter Lucy.
Tom joined the show to discuss the close win over the Jets and Rex Ryan's comments.
A Christmas eve edition of "The Price is Right," Chris Price of WEEI.com makes some predictions for the Patriots Sunday afternoon tilt against the visiting Buffalo Bills.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about the Bruins, who are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. The team clearly has deficiencies and may need to make a few moves before the deadline.
Bradford asks everyone who will listen, "Who's the most famous person to use your bathroom?"
Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.
For each of the 4 major sports teams, we give our naughty and nice lists.
Jerry and DJ are out to prove that this Christmas classic is one of the creepiest songs of all-time
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
DJ and Scott reveal the greatest Christmas song of all time: Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They also discuss the Christmas outrage of Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs" being left off Rumours.
Scott McLaughlin of WEEI and Chris Peters of CBS’ Eye on Hockey preview this year’s World Junior Championship and break down Team USA’s strengths and weaknesses. The U.S. opens the tournament against Finland on Friday.
Sam and Ben react to the Rondo trade and talk about the top 5 players in the NBA. The Celtics get their 2014 superlatives.
NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, joined the show to talk about how he doesn't think Bill Belichick should rest the starters in week 17. He also warned against falling asleep on the Denver Broncos, Brady's durability, the Bengals and the Seahawks.More from this show
Jackie MacMullan, ESPN, talks with Tim and Steve about the Patriots resting the starters in Week 17. Jackie's argument is that they have a bye, so they're gonna be rusty REGARDLESS of whether or not they play in week 17, so keep them safe. She also spoke about Peyton's MNF performance, and how the Celtics have looked since the trade of Rajon Rondo.More from this show