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."
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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