In addition to draft picks JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, the Celtics also have undrafted University of Pittsburgh guard Gilbert Brown in town to meet with the coaches.
Brown told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that Celtics head of basketball operations Danny Ainge contacted him shortly after the draft to say that Boston would be interested in signing the fifth-year senior, who averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a fifth-year senior for the Panthers.
"I'm definitely encouraged that the Celtics were interested," Brown told the Post-Gazette. "I was talking to them all day. They said it was the flip of a coin [between Moore and Brown] when it came time to make the pick."
Contracts for undrafted free agents will not be offered, however, until the NBA's labor situation is resolved, and so Brown is planning...
The Celtics introduced their two draft picks at Edison Elementary school in Brighton on Monday and both JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore said they are ready to do whatever it takes to help the team. Both players spent four years at Purdue and both earned their degrees. Celtics president Danny Ainge said the experience will help both players.
"These guys have both improved a lot over the course of their college careers," Ainge said. "They’ve played a lot of big games in a lot of hostile environments. I think that can only help."
Johnson, who stands at 6-foor-10 but only 220 pounds said he will look to add weight to stand up to the rigors of the NBA. Both he and the team see him as a four-man as opposed to a center. "I can run the floor, rebound, defend and be able to knock down that 15-18 foot shot pretty consistently," Johnson said. "That’s what I can bring to the team."
Former Red Sox star Wade Boggs, whose most famous television acting gig was a guest spot as himself in an episode of "Cheers" in the 1980s, appeared in the Syfy channel's original movie "Swamp Shark," which debuted Saturday night. Boggs plays "dimwitted lawman Deputy Stanley," who helps an evil sheriff cover up the accidental unleashing of a gigantic man-eating shark into the Louisiana Bayou. Boggs explained that he based his character on Yankees pitching legend Ron Guidry, aka "Louisiana Lightning."
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Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early 2010, was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday and optioned to Double-A Portland, for whom he will make his first start tonight. To make room for Tazawa on the 40-man roster, left-hander Rich Hill (who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month) was placed by the Sox on the 60-day disabled list.
The 25-year-old, who signed as an amateur out of Japan, had a rehab assignment with Hi-A Salem that commenced last month. In six outings, he was 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA. However, both his velocity and results improved as he worked his way through the rehab assignment. After getting shelled for 12 runs in his first two outings, he allowed just one run in 12 innings over his next four starts, striking out 10, walking one and allowing seven hits in that span.
That, in turn, positioned Tazawa -- who was named to the All-Star Futures Team in 2009 -- to be activated and then...
PITTSBURGH -- After his team's 4-2 win over the Pirates, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz recounted his race home that led to the Sox' fourth run Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
The score came when Ortiz tagged up on Kevin Youkilis' fly ball to right field, narrowly hitting home plate before Pittsburgh catcher Eric Fryer could apply the tag. Ortiz went into a partial slide, while also making contact with Fryer with the baserunner's left shoulder.
"I went with everything I got, man," he said. "The thing is his left leg was on the other side of the line and that's where you go through. But things happen in the game. It was good it wasn't anything bad, just a little touch and the contact you have with the catcher, but no collision."
Asked if he thought Fryer might be frightened seeing Ortiz barrel down on him, the Sox' designated hitter joked, "He took it like a man."
Ortiz, who pinch-hit for Red Sox starting...
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.
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Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
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