Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.

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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona, 1:08 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Dream at Sparks, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: European Championship quarterfinals, Poland vs. Portugal, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)
Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC)


Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

— The Knicks continue to be busy this offseason, reportedly closing in on an agreement with Bulls free agent center Joakim Noah that will pay him $18 million per season.

Noah, a two-time All-Star and former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, would rejoin former Bulls guard Derrick Rose, whom the Knicks acquired in a trade on draft day, and shore up a frontcourt that was depleted when New York sent center Robin Lopez to Chicago.

“Oh, I want him,” Rose said of Noah during his introductory press conference with the Knicks last week. “I think his family knows that. I think everybody knows that.”

The 31-year-old Noah averaged 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 29 games this past season — starting just twice as Bulls coach Fred Holberg moved him to a bench role — before he had season-ending shoulder surgery in January. A native of New York, he is close with Rose and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Free agent deals can’t be signed until July 7, but verbal agreements can be made starting Friday.

The Knicks reportedly also plan to add a shooting guard, with Courtney Lee and Eric Gordon said to be among their targets. Signing Noah likely would take them out of the running for Kevin Durant, but they reportedly are not one of the teams Durant had agreed to meet as he heads to free agency.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are expected to also lose Pau Gasol in free agency as they start to rebuild around All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

— The Thunder reportedly are attempting to make a play for Hawks free agent center Al Horford, offering other teams players such as Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler to clear cap space.

Horford, who played for Thunder coach Billy Donovan in college at Florida, winning two NCAA championships, has played all nine of his NBA seasons with the Hawks. After Thunder star Kevin Durant, he is likely to be the most highly sought player in free agency.

A four-time All-Star, Horford averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds while playing all 82 games last season.

— Michael Phelps became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics when he won the 200-meter butterfly at Wednesday’s U.S. Olympic trials.

The most decorated athlete in Olympic history, Phelps appeared to be done with competitive swimming after the London Olympics, especially after his well-documented troubles that included a second drunk driving arrest. But Phelps, who turns 31 Thursday, committed himself to turning things around.

“With everything that’s happened and being able to come back, that was probably harder than any swim I’ve had in my life,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 30, 1993, the Celtics had the 19th overall pick in the NBA draft, which they used to select which center from Iowa who had an unremarkable pro career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I need to pitch better. It’s nothing else, it’s not bad luck — it’s me. I’ve got to get better. … I’m just putting us behind the 8-ball in a lot of games. I’m not setting the tone the way that I need to. It’s crushing me right now, but I’ll get there.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, after Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Rays dropped his record to 8-5

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Runs scored in the ninth inning Wednesday by the Yankees, as they rallied for a 9-7 victory over the league-leading Rangers

‘NET RESULTS: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo gets an inside-the-park home run when the Reds outfielders can’t corral his fly ball to left-center.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Florence Ballard, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for her days with the Supremes, was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
In the 2nd and final hour, Danny shifts some focus over to the Celtics and all the free agent rumors that surround them. He also addresses some of the big trades that went down today in the NHL. Inevitably, there was still plenty of Red Sox talk as well.
Danny opens up hour 1 talking about how bad David Price has been in his last 2 starts. Throughout the hour he takes plenty of calls on the struggling pitcher and his manager, John Farrell.
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Glenn and Lou to talk about the B's waiving Dennis Seidenberg, and the Jacob Trouba rumors.

[0:01:17] ... noting. That we considering the savings of buying out genocide number. His roster spot will not be filled for free should the Bruins replaced Seidenberg with a cheap bottom six lefty. In the one to two ...
[0:01:57] ... his victory is that this deal UT campus for the next four. Car wreck. Me and lets you know you give anomalous money out of the vibe we don't know what you're spreading it over the ...
[0:05:31] ... you have open to a contract that you didn't want to give Doug Hamilton. The Bruins would credit give Jake a true about seven million club the year in although water ignoble wondered also about ultimately what they jerk here. They never offered more than six million dollars a year that. That whole thing just screen to be out all the way. This Roy and his the other part that makes absolutely no sense that you're gonna give away first. For round draft picks if he's the one player that put you over the top where you're gonna win the cup and you're gonna be drafting ...

In the final hour, Christian takes a mixed bag of phone calls on all Boston sports, but the focus remains heavy on the faltering Red Sox.
After Farrell and David Price seemed to not feel the same way about today's game, Christian takes calls and debates if firing Farrell is the right move for the Red Sox.
In hour 2, Christian addresses the off-seasons for both the Celtics and the Bruins. Inevitably, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard are names kicked around regarding the C's.

[0:00:23] ... wanna get to the Celtics. In this new piece of info regarding Dwight Howard who is a free agent in who if you ask Vegas. Better than even odds that he signs with the Celtics. Our ...
[0:01:23] ... A lot of press to solve this by saying that I hate Dwight Howard. I think Dwight Howard represents almost everything I dislike about modern pro sports. The entitlement. This constant whining. The inability to and relate to his teammates ...
[0:02:04] ... dominant force that you watch what once was but make no mistake. Dwight Howard before I don't know two years ago was on pace all of same page. No question. Is rebounding and defense speaks for itself even in this later state of his career. And here's the other thing. The Celtics. They don't have any better options right now. If it cost you know players or picks or something exit to trade for Dwight Howard I would say how old now. God no no way but if you have to spend money. And you're keeping the rest of the team largely intact. Think of it this way. You're upgrading Jared so injured Dwight Howard. Or Tyler Zeller to Dwight how are Amir Johnson or whoever the hell you want. Port for your big man to juries because it was never even really the same guy ...
[0:03:33] ... was not feeling good about it when I first heard the name Dwight Howard I instinctively recoiled in terror because they just book art the way our. What a pain in the ass that guy is. But is there a better option. For one year. I'm not sure there is and I'll be honest with you folks look at the Eastern Conference Dwight Howard might not be much anymore. In fact I think he's a shell of his former self even if he does get healthy. ...

Christian opens hour 1 by recapping the Red Sox 4-0 loss to the Rays, and takes calls on John Farrell and David Price.

[0:00:28] ... lousy start. Some bad decisions on the base pads. Knoll. Situationally hitting Hanley Ramirez with the bases loaded swinging so hard he pulled a muscle in his back. Just a bad bad series part of a ...
[0:18:20] ... had compelling reason it's sort of rabbit you also haven't proven that John Farrell's fall. In out John Ferrell isn't just some you know. Is now like he's Tinker Bell and you can just railroad you ...
[0:19:16] ... helping him now is the and everybody wanted to blame this on Carl Willis have up blaming it on the 31 at million dollar a year pitcher. Who has Spanish. Very disappointing. That's that's where the ...
[0:23:24] ... here for talking about. You know pitching mechanics and stuff lady called Curt Schilling for that that's not that tsunami. And allies when you when I found out Dustin Pedroia had noticed some hitch in his. ...