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02/01/2011 - 7:04pm
Magic: Celtics showed Lakers need trade

Former Lakers great Magic Johnson told ESPN.com that Los Angeles' loss to the Celtics on Sunday demonstrated that the Lakers need to make a trade in order to position themselves for a run at a title.

 

"Unfortunately we're looking old and we're playing old," Johnson said in the article. "We're not responding to the more athletic teams and the quicker teams. So we must change something. I think we have to now look at this team and maybe say we're not good enough. Things might have to change.

 

"We have to do something," he added. "The Lakers are not responding and two things showed me that -- the Miami Heat Christmas game and then the Boston Celtics game [on Sunday]. When you don't get up for your two biggest games during the season and you have flat...

02/01/2011 - 4:20pm
Maddon: Manny 'has something to prove'

Rays manager Joe Maddon was a guest of The Big Show on Tuesday, the same day a press conference was held in St. Petersburg introducing Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon as the newest members of Maddon's squad. Maddon was asked about the addition of of Ramirez, now 38, who played in a career-low 90 games in 2010.

 

"I had dinner with him last night, as you know he's actually a very ingratiating fellow," said Maddon of Ramirez, who had off-season surgery to repair a sports hernia. "We had a good conversation, I explained to him about the Rays and how we do things here and he just continued to repeat the mantra that at seven o'clock he's going to play hard and compete. And he said that to me several times. So I think he's at the point where he feels like he has something to prove. He's lost some weight, he's in great shape, he's been working out with Evan Longoria and some other fellows. It was great to see them [Ramirez and Damon]...

02/01/2011 - 3:46pm
Ochocinco: 'Huge respect' for Belichick

Chad Ochocinco, in Dallas for Super Bowl media day, was asked by the Boston Herald on Tuesday about his Tweets regarding the possibility of coming to New England. One recent Tweet from Ochocinco called the potential pairing of he and Bill Belichick "epic." 

 

“I wouldn’t call it flirting,” Ochocinco told the Herald. “Just saying hello. Just saying hello. That’s all. I have a huge amount of respect not just for Bill (Belichick) but the entire Patriots organization, as well as I do the Bengals. Any time you play against an opponent, that’s just me showing love. And of course, it’s me, so it’s going to get taken out of context. But my rights are owned by the Bengals and will be until they say otherwise.”

 

For more Patriots news visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


02/01/2011 - 2:47pm
Van Gundy: Celtics 'execute great'

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday to talk about the Celtics’ victory over the Lakers on Sunday, the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Garnett and other NBA topics.

 

Van Gundy was asked for his take on the Celtics, who now stand at 36-11 after Sunday's win. 

 

"The Celtics to me, are the best executing team at both ends of the floor right now," said Van Gundy. "The best balance between really good offense and playing really stout defense. The only thing to me that ever gets in their way? Back-to back games, where they may have less energy, playing a lesser opponent, sometimes they might take some possessions off, and rebounding. From a basketball standpoint, that and turnovers are the only things that get in their way, because they execute great, shoot it well and defend like heck."

 

As for the...

02/01/2011 - 1:42pm
Wilfork: '18 games don't make no sense'

Speaking to the Boston Herald, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said that he is not in favor of the NFL's proposal that the regular-season schedule be expanded to 18 games.

 

“It’s going to do whatever the NFL wants to do, anyways. It’s one of those things where you just have to sit and see what happens,” Wilfork first said with respect to a lockout. “But I can tell you one thing, 18 games don’t make no sense. Eighteen games turns into 20 games because the two preseason games you have to play your veterans and your starters. So that’s 20 games.

 

“If you look at it from that standpoint, it’s a stupid thing. It’s just too stupid to be adding games.”

 

Regarding the proposed expanded schedule, Wilfork also expressed concerns...

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