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.
Greg and Chris discuss the Pats kicking the tires on Rolando McClain, something that shocked both of these guys. They also get into the Aaron Hernandez trial and Robert Kraft appearing as a witness last Tuesday. Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders, called the show to talk offseason free agency, Pats HOF/Parcells and more. The guys also got into the NFL schedule coming out soon and who the Pats will open with.
The intelligent and knowledgeable Aaron Schatz calls the boys to discuss the Patriots offseason, how some teams don't need to make moves in free agency to improve, the Pats HOF debate and much more.
In hour 1 on this fine Easter Sunday, Greg and Chris discuss the Patriots Hall of Fame - who's in, who's not and who should be? They also get into the NFL draft and discuss some particular names Pats fans should keep in mind with WEEI.com's Mike "Trags" Petraglia.
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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
Xander had the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th to get the Red Sox on top of the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, he talked with Joe and Dave after the game about what his thought process during the at-bat was and the excitement of a walk-off.
Buster Olney of ESPN joins the guys to talk about the first two weeks of the baseball season. They discuss the struggling Red Sox rotation and the potential of the high-powered offense.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan after the Red Sox come back to beat the Nationals 8-7.
Cominf off a terrible game agaisnt the Capitals, Pierre McGuire discusses Claude Julien's decision to mix up the lines as well as the Bruins two remaining games.
We talk all things Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN as they prepare to take on the Capitals.
In hour 2 of the Easter edition, the Sunday Skate crew discuss Reilly Smith and how he is struggling to get on track. This leads to a discussion of his much disputed new contract and Chiarelli's way of conducting team business. They get in Gregory Campbell's role on the team and if he still deserves as much ice time as he has been getting. More line discussions and a look at the B's playoff push ensue.
The latest edition of Answer The Question Kirk with Rob Bradford and Gary Tanguay.
The Celtics president of basketball operations joined the show to preview Cavs Celts.
The guys discussed the Pats draft with Todd McShay.
Kyle Draper and Sports Radio Hack Lou Merloni make up after beefing earlier in the week, Aaron Hernandez gets taken down by Larry Willmore, and our very own Christian Fauria makes his Country Music Debut
Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman joins the guys to defend his prediction of Celtics in 6.
After some suspicious outfield play from Red Sox Left Fielder Hanley Ramirez, the guys question whether or not he has what it takes to play in the outfield, a position he has never played before.
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss this year's Celtics as they enter the playoffs to take one of the best teams in the East in the NBA Playoffs.
We discuss the Britt McHenry suspension from ESPN, and the incident itself, and whether or not we've all had an incident like this, and whether her response was in any way appropriate.
We wrap up the day with some of the best sound of the day and the week.
Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Ben and Sam are joined by Julian Edlow from WEEI.com to give their predictions on every series in the NBA Playoffs.
Jerry is joined by hockey writer Brian "Rear Admiral" McGonagle of Barstool Sports to perform a post-mortem on what happened to the 2014-15 Bruins, who's to blame and where the team goes from here.
Ben and Alex break down Leg 1 of the quarter finals of the Champions League and talk about some of the most interesting transfer rumors.
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