Hours after the NBA entered a lockout at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, news emerged that some owners were willing to lose the entire 2011-12 season to get their way in the collective bargaining negotiations, and Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is one of those owners, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
"He's one of the owners believed to be willing to lose the next season, along with Phoenix's Robert Sarver," wrote Adrian Wojnarowski.
Should the 2011-12 season be lost, Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen would become free agents, and the team's owners would save the $31.2 million worth of salary the all-star duo is due this coming season.
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who won the 2010 Home Run Derby at last year's All-Star Weekend festivities in Anaheim, will take part in this year's competition and also serve as the captain of the American League team on Monday, July 11. In that capacity, not only will Ortiz hit in the derby, but he will also select the other three AL participants in the competition. Those three players don't necessarily need to be participants in the All-Star Game.
From the Major League Baseball press release:
Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox have been named the first-ever captains of the National League and American League squads for the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby. Ortiz is the defending champion, having won the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby in Anaheim, while Fielder won the previous year in St. Louis. The 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix...
Former Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, hours after being designated for assignment, told the Boston Globe that it was a part-time role, rather than age, that led to his lack of production. Entering the year, the Sox and Cameron anticipated that the veteran right-hander would get roughly 350-400 plate appearances in his part-time role. Instead, through roughly half of the Red Sox schedule, Cameron stepped to the plate just 105 times, hitting .149 with a .212 OBP, .266 slugging mark and .477 OPS.
Cameron suggested to the Globe that he does not intend to walk away from the game. Instead, he suggested that he will look for an opportunity to play.
“I need to sort some things out,” he said. “But if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much this year. Rest assured I’ll be back. People...
In an attempt to strengthen his arthritic right knee, Lakers star Kobe Bryant reportedly went to Germany and had a procedure similar to platelet-rich plasma therapy. However, the procedure may be more of a gamble than a proven fix, as there is not enough scientific evidence that the soon-to-be-33-year-old will get better.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed after his team's 5-2 win over the Astros that Adrian Gonzalez will get the start in right field Saturday, with David Ortiz playing first base. The Sox will be going against Houston lefty starter J.A. Happ, who has allowed left-handed hitters a .328 batting average, with righties batting .261.
It will mark the second time this season Gonzalez will man right field, having gotten the start in right Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Gonzalez didn't get any chances in right during his start against the Phillies, which was the first time he has played the outfield in a big league games since 2003. The first baseman claimed the go-ahead double Friday night.
After striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday night, Ortiz is now 0-for-8 on the road trip, having not claimed a hit since June 20.
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Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
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.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
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!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show