Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. Asked about the Celtics' reputation as trash-talkers — three Celtics ranked in the top four of a recent Sports Illustrated players poll about the league's top yappers — Rivers said he once tried to limit the talk but learned the hard way that it negatively affected the team's play, so he allows it. "It's who we are, and I'm not going to try to change it," Rivers said. "It's part of their DNA."
Rivers defended Kevin Garnett, who landed at No. 1 in the trash-talking poll (with Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce not far behind). "The thing with Kevin is, Kevin talks the whole game — to himself, us, to his teammates and to the other team," Rivers said. "So, I don't know where and who he's talking to. And I don't think the other team does as well." Added Rivers: "I don't really think Kevin is a trash-talker. Of the three, I would say Kevin is a talker. You know: 'Get that stuff out of here.' I don't even consider that trash-talk any more. He yells more at the atmosphere, let's say. I mean: 'We're going to win,' 'We're playing hard.' Stuff like that. It's not really directed at anyone. ... The great teams don't pay any attention to it, because they do it themselves."
Rivers said he doubted the Celtics would make a trade in the immediate future. "I don't think so. I really don't," he said. "I've heard some silly talk of late, over the last two or three days, about trades we've been discussing. ... Obviously, if we can improve our team, we're going to. But do I think there's a trade out there that we can pull off? I don't. And I don't think we mind if we don't."
On the topic of Trail Blazers center Greg Oden's nude cellphone picture, Rivers said he immediately thought of former Atlanta Hawks teammate Kevin Willis as the player most likely to commit a similar transgression if the technology existed 20 years ago. "That's Kevin right there. He would do that," Rivers said. "And Dominique [Wilkins], maybe." Rivers was asked about the craziest players he's played with or against. Said Rivers: "Well, Chris Washburn, I don't know if he was crazy, I think it was more of the drugs. I don't know if you remember Sly Williams, he was pretty wild at the time that we had him. I would have to nominate him up there. And then that entire Knick team which I loved playing for. I don't know if they were crazy or tough, but when you have Anthony Mason, John Starks, Charles Oakley, Greg Anthony, Anthony Bonner on the same team, you've got a pretty nutty basketball team."
Our NFL insider Adam Schefter joined the show to discuss the latest in free agency. He said that the Patriots are one of the favorites to land Darrelle Revis.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com joins the Chris Villani Show to discuss day one of NFL Free Agency and possible moves for the Patriots.
Rick joined the show to discuss the impending release of Revis from the Buccaneers. He said that Revis is far superior to Aqib Talib both on the field and off.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
LB gives his thoughts on the Bruins
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Chelsea Handler's interview with Piers Morgan.
The guys opened the show by discussing day one of NFL free agency. The natives are getting restless.
Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds getting into the Hall of Fame. Also, Red Sox and making Opening Day a national holiday.
Chris Price of WEEI.com joins the show to discuss NFL free agency and potential moves for the Patriots.
Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Andy Hart talk about the deluge of moves as NFL free agency opens up, and why the Patriots have yet to make their splash.
We tackle four topics all prompted by the start of the free agency in the NFL.
Salk and Holley's Boston Blitz - 3/11/14
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Dale, Michael and Andy Hart answer your questions and talk about some bear named Bubba.
Salk and Mikey OUT... Dale and Ryder IN.
Holley, Tom E Curran and Mikey Adams answer it all!
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