NBA TV analyst and Celtics legend Kevin McHale joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about NBA trade week as well as the Celtics' prospects for the rest of this season. McHale said he's waiting to see if the C's can turn it on, and he's not overly concerned with what happened prior to this point. "They just have not hit their stride this year," McHale said. "They had a couple of periods where they've played really well and I started thinking, 'OK, here they go.' But I think for a championship-caliber team it's really how you play after the All-Star break." Added McHale: "I think they're set and poised for a push right now. But sometimes when you get older and you're looking for that push, it just never materializes."
McHale said the Cavaliers had already become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference before adding Antawn Jamison this week. "I think you could have said that starting about six weeks ago, really," McHale said. "Cleveland really started playing much better. ... Right around Christmas, I saw them really come out and play some defense. They got up, they got their energy going. They looked like a different team to me."
Commenting on the rumored trade of Eddie House to the Knicks for Nate Robinson, McHale said: "I actually have always liked Eddie with the Celtics, because he's a great finisher as far as making shots. ... It's always great to have guys that can just knock down shots, and I think Eddie's done that for them. I think with Nate, he's a little bit more of a dynamic player, he can do a few more things than Eddie. But I still think Eddie's a better shooter than Nate Robinson. But to be truthful, I don't think that's a big deal. I think a much bigger deal is getting [Kevin] Garnett playing better, getting Rasheed Wallace playing a lot better, getting Ray Allen playing better, getting Paul Pierce healthy, that's what's really going to happen for those guys, and getting Marquis Daniels acclimated, playing better. ... They've got to start jelling and playing well together. If they're playing this way going into the playoffs, it won't be good."
As for the recent debate about whether Paul Pierce belongs on the list of five greatest Celtics, McHale said: "That's so hard to say. Who are you going to kick off that list? You've got [Bill] Russell, [Bob] Cousy, [John] Havlicek, [Larry] Bird — there are so many great players that have come through there. I long ago stopped comparing eras." Added McHale: "The guy [Pierce] can really score the ball and they won a championship there, so he's definitely in the discussion."
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
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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
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Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
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DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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