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.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.More from this show
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show