Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly Thursday visit and talked about the win over the Pistons, trash talk coming from Orlando, and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal. "He woke up young yesterday," Rivers said. "It was nice. We needed it. We don't win that game without Shaq's energy."
Rivers was asked if he played an active role in recruiting O'Neal, but really it was the other way around. "He kind of recruited me," Rivers said. "Shaq was on our radar, but we were actually talking to other guys. I got a call from Shaq out of the clear-blue sky. He wanted to meet." Rivers flew to Orlando and, "Ten minutes later he's literally at my house, sitting in my office at my house and we talked about coming to Boston. I was asking him more questions. Would he be able to do this? Is he capable of not being the guy, being a role player, limited minutes, not starting? He was...
LOWELL -- Speaking prior to being honored at the Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner at Tsongas Arena on Wednesday night, Clay Buchholz said that the Red Sox have yet to approach him about a contract extension.
"I haven't spoken money with anybody," said the 26-year-old Buchholz. "It's been basically go out and play until somebody approaches me about it. That's sort of how I'm looking at it."
Buchholz is closing in on the same service time teammate Jon Lester found himself with when agreeing to his five-year, $30 million contract extension prior to the 2009 season, his last campaign before becoming arbitration eligible.
"They've got a lot more on their plate then to worry about me," Buchholz said. "They don't have to do anything with me. That's the way I'm looking at it, and if something happens and they want to talk about it I'm sure I'll here about it."
In the wake of his surgery, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will “take a couple of months” before he’s 100 percent again, but there shouldn’t be any worries about him being ready for training camp, according to noted sports injury expert Will Carroll.
In an e-mail exchange with WEEI.com, Carroll sounded a relatively optimistic note about Brady’s upcoming surgery on his right foot, saying it’s similar to the process that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent for his foot injury.
“This one’s double-duty — if it is a Navicular fx (and pretty much all sources say it is) — then you’re looking at the same thing Pedroia had done,” writes Carroll. “They’ll make sure it’s lined up, put in a pin or screw if needed, and it should take a couple months to be 100 percent. Just as I don’t expect Pedroia to have any issue once he comes back after...
Shaquille O’Neal has made a living off coming up with new slogans, and Wednesday night was no different. Following an ugly 86-82 Celtics victory against the Pistons, he invented a nickname for himself and Rajon Rondo, along with the Big Three.
“You got any one of the Big Three and ‘La Odda Dos’ -- me and Rondo -- that can take over a game at any time," said O'Neal. "We’ve just got to continue to play hard. We’ve got to learn to get up for everybody.”
Shaq probably meant “La Otra Dos,” the Spanish translation for “The Other Two,” but he stressed that this new nickname is spelled L-a O-d-d-a D-o-s, and who's going to argue with the 7-foot-1, 325-pounder? O’Neal produced on the floor, too, for all 25 minutes. One of few Celtics to play inspired basketball throughout the game, he recorded a season-high 12 rebounds —...
Steelers linebacker James Farrior, a former Jet, said Wednesday that he was looking forward to hearing his old team talk trash in the lead-up to Sunday's AFC championship game and he's disappointed in the silence. "It is always funny to hear those guys talk," he said. "They do a lot of trash talking. If you really look at it, those guys really do a good job of backing it up. They talk a lot. I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. If you fall into it and you believe the stuff that they are saying, you'll get beat."
Also in the news, the NFL is defending itself after news broke that players often are given advance notice of drug tests. Plus, former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin, fired last month after making a sexist comment, is suing the network.
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The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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