Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly visit Thursday and touched on a number of topics, including the win last Sunday over the Lakers and the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Garnett.
Ainge was asked if Garnett -- who was ejected for a low blow on Channing Frye in last Friday's loss at Phoenix -- is the "most despised" player in the NBA today.
"I don't think so," said Ainge of Garnett, who was suspended for a game in the 2010 playoffs for an elbow to the face of Miami's Quentin Richardson. "You know, I think KG, first of all, plays for Boston. Everyone wants to beat you, it's always a full house everywhere we go. And KG is just kind of building a reputation of a guy who is talking a lot of trash … I don't think KG has really changed his act and he's been playing this way his whole career. But yeah, no one really cares if you do that in Minnesota as much."
Many believe the Celtics lost Game 7 of last year's NBA Finals vs. the Lakers due to a lack of rebounding. The Lakers out-rebounded the Celtics 53-40 in the 83-79 victory, including a 23-8 edge on the offensive glass. The Celtics, however, were able to total 43 rebounds to the Lakers' 30 in last Sunday's 109-96 win. Ainge was asked if he feels more confident about the Celtics' chances vs. the Lakers in a playoff scenario following the victory.
"I never had questioned that, especially with the roster we put together this summer even last year," said Ainge. "We were able to rebound against the Lakers until Game 7. A lot of people want to talk about Perk not being there, I don't even think that was that big an issue. That guy that was really killing us [in Game 7] was [Ron] Artest. Artest killed us on the offensive boards in that game … But our offensive rebounding, these guys see it every night. That's our weakness, we give up too many easy ones. But we are focused, our transition defense and our rebounding, you can really tell when our guys are ready. Those are two things that stand out on a good Celtics team that we have right now."
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
Just like Bill Polian did last week, two more ESPN personalities took clear stances on an issue, only to soften their stance the next time around. On Sunday, both Carter and Jackson were very critical of Adrian Peterson after reports of his indictment regarding alleged child abuse. The next night they were singing very different tunes on the same subject.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
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