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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Siena at Quinnipiac, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Harvard at Cornell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Cleveland State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in NBA history when he appeared in a game for the Washington Capitals in 1950, died Thursday at the age of 86.

Tweeted Grizzlies forward Vince Carter: RIP to Mr. Earl Lloyd you opened that ever so important door for all African American athletes. Thank You!!!!

Lloyd was one of three black players to start the 1950-51 season in the fledgling NBA. The Celtics started the ball rolling, drafting Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 draft. The Capitals then took Lloyd in the ninth round and the Knicks signed Harlem Globetrotters star Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.

The Capitals opened the season on Oct. 31, 1950, one day before the Celtics and four days before the Knicks, allowing Lloyd to play first. He was inserted into the game in the second half of a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals in upstate New York and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points. The move did not have anywhere near the same impact as when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier three years earlier.

“In 1950 the NBA was like 4 years old. We were like babes in the woods,” Lloyd said in a 2008 Boston Globe story. “We wouldn’t say it was ho-hum. But it didn’t get the type of coverage that Major League Baseball got.”

Lloyd credits the Celtics for paving the way for him to play in the league.

“I truly believe this, that if the Celtics did not draft Chuck in the second round, you could not tell me that the Washington Capitols in 1950 were going to make me the first black player to play in this league. No way. … The Boston Celtics had a tremendous influence on my acceptance in the NBA.”

The Capitals folded in January of that season, but Lloyd went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals — helping them win the 1955 NBA title — and Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. A 6-foot-5 forward known as a standout defender, the former West Virginia State star finished his career averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 games.

Lloyd coached the Pistons for just over a season in the early 1970s — becoming the second black NBA head coach after Celtics legend Bill Russell — and then served as a scout for Detroit for five years.

The Virginia native was living in Tennessee at the time of his death.

Richard Hamilton, the former UConn star who went on to play 14 years in the NBA, officially announced his retirement Thursday.

“Today is a very special day for me because today is the day that I take my shoes … and I find a little street corner down the street and throw my sneakers on the power lines because today I officially retire from the NBA,” Hamilton said on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show.

Hamilton, who spent nine of his 14 NBA seasons with the Pistons, including 2004 when he helped Detroit upset the Lakers in the NBA Finals, had not played since the 2013-14 season with the Bulls. He explained that he took last season off in order to let his body recover, but when he suffered a freak foot injury in October he started to realize his career was over.

“I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘Hey, you know what, it might be my time,” Hamilton said. “I’ve got a lot of miles on my body, I think I just need to let it go.”

A three-time All-Star, Hamilton finishes with a career average of 17.1 points per game. Prior to entering the NBA, he helped UConn win the 1999 NCAA title and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four that year.

— Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stalling was upset at one of his players who taunted an opponent after Thursday night’s victory over Tennessee. How he handled the situation put him in a negative light as well.

After being informed by an assistant coach that Wade Baldwin IV was misbehaving — apparently not for the first time — Stalling confronted Baldwin while they went through the handshake line and loudly berated him, saying among other things, “I’m going to [expletive] kill you.”

“I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration,” Stallings told ESPN. “Having said that, and it may seem as though I’m trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I’ve never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That’s not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.”

Stallings also apologized in a school press release about an hour after the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 27, 1983, which Bruin recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Whalers in Hartford and in the process became the sixth player to score 250 goals in a Bruins uniform?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “First thing I would do would be cancel the replay thing. That takes a lot of time. When you have to review a play that just happened, man, sometimes that takes forever. If you call safe or out, they should just leave it right there like it used to be. It’€™€™s taking forever, and we’€™€™re talking about shortening up the time.” Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, on MLB’s attempts to speed up the game

STAT OF THE DAY: 43 – Age of Jaromir Jagr, who on Thursday was traded from the Devils to the Panthers despite not recording a point in his last eight games, the longest drought of his 22-year NHL career

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Andre Iguodala shows off a nice crossover and behind-the-back pass to David Lee for a layup during Thursday’s loss to the Cavaliers.

Red Wings forward Luke Glendenning spins and lifts a no-look backhander past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with 1:15 remaining to give Detroit a 3-2 victory.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Middleton

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Josh Groban was born on this day in 1981.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.

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Michael and Dale discuss the re-emergence of the Celtics in the public's eye, especially since the trade to bring in Isaiah Thomas. The grit of this young team just might be contagious.

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Michael and Dale discuss the re-emergence of the Celtics in the public's eye, especially since the trade to bring in Isaiah Thomas. The grit of this young team just might be contagious.

[0:00:16] ... it. Well this is fond of historical. Yeah. Yeah bill I like Isiah Thomas better than Rajon Rondo. That is an enterprise product but I but I understand under here which is saying. It it was a great trade for ...
[0:00:57] ... Nam. He just got that he comes into the game so happy Rajon Rondo is is that you know that guy who brings up body your seat in he'll throw that 84 foot bounce pass or some that are jobless as at all bathrooms and and I think Isiah Thomas actually brings. A little more to the table. But our best but that history we shoot better than the rich on Ron there are no puts them. And it dark convince me why I should like Rajon Rondo more than Isiah Thomas body of work. And and that's the the big thing here why I think this is knee jerk I seem Rajon Rondo play for how many years here. I've seen Isiah Thomas played what three games here so far. Interesting little side bit stat. First three games of the Celtics career. The only guy who scored more points in his first three games in the Celtics uniform with Bob Mac it. He's court's 64 points in his first three games Isiah Thomas is now scored 61 in his first three. Another way of him as both governors are definitely a a couple of gutters ...
[0:02:31] ... and Antoine combined. So. I'm sure you're out of it promised that Rajon Rondo when when he's on his game and he's like an IMF and. Goats out but no he's that's the thing that there's there's baggage that comes with Rajon Rondo as well there are times when he looked like cubicle with a motions. You know when the bright lights court on in the national TV cameras weren't there there were some nights that he took off a little bit. There's you know of that. The diva stuff that drove doc crazy here probably RD drive and Rick Carlisle crazy there. Mean I don't know Isaiah Thomas well enough I don't know. You know what kind of guy he is I want pretend that I you know a comic Irish on Rondo is but in terms of how proud you are a little easier what you see ya on the court. Isaiah Thomas seems like a better teammate than Rajon Rondo. We have there's a lot to like Arnold he's a better point guard go or he's a better point carper for Rondo is game. When he's on a maybe that Rondo is is gone will will see. The injury may have taken a lot out of them but Rondo that game is setting people up regulating. The pace. You talk about pace of game of baseball out where Rajon Rondo is your is your pace of game commissioner. That's his strength it's unbelievable how when he's going. Everybody's better everybody gets the shot they want to get the ball where they want it well separate Allen. You know with it along but we always up for the most part can just set people up and wanna do. And that in and Isiah Thomas is more of a of a scoring point guard. More than any. Distributed so you had a tribute to can but. He ...
[0:04:45] ... little doesn't mean you're a pure point guard anyway another Washington got Nate Robinson. They were as they Robinson a pure point guard now is that a little guy a good score Isiah Thomas is a really really exciting. Good 59 basketball player who often has the ball when he has the ball he's probably gonna ...






After David Ortiz' comments yesterday, more players are weighing in on MLB's efforts to try and quicken the pace of games in 2015. We discuss it with you.

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After David Ortiz' comments yesterday, more players are weighing in on MLB's efforts to try and quicken the pace of games in 2015. We discuss it with you.

[0:15:24] ... I don't believe. And I want to get I would imagine. Yelp Vince Wilfork busted into up Belichick press served as they took and a half a sack away from Indiana like an incentive bonuses some ...



Dale and MIchael discuss the Patriots and the plethora of players popping up as available in the NFL right now. Are any of them a fit here? We discuss.

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[0:13:32] ... one of the things he wrote in there was cut dance. Cut Vince Wilfork. Because of the salary cap number and end he went out of his way to say how much he loves Vince as ...
[0:14:07] ... you know got an idea. Dale. We know this you can't have Vince Wilfork playing for that number in 2015. And it at Texas is that they let you guys are forgetting how good he was ...
[0:15:19] ... are reality of the business to OK let's disposables break it out. Vince Wilfork is a free agent on the market. Where does he go to get the money that the patriots would pay him. It ...






Dale and MIchael discuss the Patriots and the plethora of players popping up as available in the NFL right now. Are any of them a fit here? We discuss.

[0:10:14] ... even the Rodney Harrison group. Just nice. Signings nice up free agents. Reggie Bush if he's willing to play for short money and small money. Here's what chapter said about seven hours ago veterans released so far. Guys available to you Michael broker you build your team these guys are available Reggie Bush like him DeAngelo Williams. Now Jacoby Jones. AJ hawk. I hate the Ohio State scrambling a tie every window got. Basic did more to come to he writes maybe a loading ...
[0:13:32] ... one of the things he wrote in there was cut dance. Cut Vince Wilfork. Because of the salary cap number and end he went out of his way to say how much he loves Vince as ...
[0:14:07] ... you know got an idea. Dale. We know this you can't have Vince Wilfork playing for that number in 2015. And it at Texas is that they let you guys are forgetting how good he was ...
[0:15:19] ... are reality of the business to OK let's disposables break it out. Vince Wilfork is a free agent on the market. Where does he go to get the money that the patriots would pay him. It ...






With baseball trying to tinker with the pace of play, we propose four things that can improve the four major pro sports.

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[0:11:07] ... former excellent in so now you get. The guys still in the Kendrick Perkins like you know they every incompletion is somebody got. He taught me grabbed me and it's. It it makes the sport ugly ...
[0:12:27] ... eyeball was sent a one nothing win by the Bruins over the Tampa Bay Lightning was the best hockey game I've ever seen in my life. No penalties one nothing game it was unbelievable. By the same ...
[0:14:28] ... Several guys Sean Burke was with one of the first for the New Jersey Devils his equipment now he was a big guide to begin with like 63 or something but his equipment was huge. There there ...






With baseball trying to tinker with the pace of play, we propose four things that can improve the four major pro sports.

[0:05:02] ... pull up by the clippers. They were disappointed they didn't get freeagent. Kendrick Perkins. Out of I don't know I think are right I think they are they got Derek got Chris ball. They hardy got ...
[0:11:07] ... former excellent in so now you get. The guys still in the Kendrick Perkins like you know they every incompletion is somebody got. He taught me grabbed me and it's. It it makes the sport ugly ...
[0:12:27] ... eyeball was sent a one nothing win by the Bruins over the Tampa Bay Lightning was the best hockey game I've ever seen in my life. No penalties one nothing game it was unbelievable. By the same ...
[0:14:28] ... Several guys Sean Burke was with one of the first for the New Jersey Devils his equipment now he was a big guide to begin with like 63 or something but his equipment was huge. There there ...