Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to discuss the Celtics and the NBA draft.
The Celtics drafted Providence star Marshon Brooks at No. 25 but then sent the pick to the Nets for the 27th pick, which they used to select Purdue's JaJuan Johnson. Mannix said he initially was excited about the Celtics grabbing Brooks.
"Last year, I thought the Celtics majorly whiffed on not taking James Anderson, and taking Avery Bradley instead of him," he said. "Because James Anderson was one of those complete college players. Even though he had an up-and-down season in San Antonio, battling through injuries, I think he's going to be a legitimate 2 guard in this league, while I still don't know what Avery Bradley is going to be. I saw Marshon Brooks as a similar type of player, an accomplished college scorer who, over a couple of years working under the tutelage of a guy like Ray Allen, could...
The Red Sox announced that the May 17 contest against the Orioles, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up as the first half of a day-night doubleheader against the O's on Monday, Sept. 19, at 1:05 p.m. The two teams will play the night half at 7:10 p.m., as originally scheduled.
Fans holding tickets to the May 17 rainout (Game #23) may use those tickets for the 1:05 p.m. game on September 19.
From the press release:
"The decision to reschedule the game for this date was made collectively by the MLB Players Association, Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox; the Red Sox could not make the decision unilaterally. Many teams throughout the league, including the Orioles and Red Sox, are dealing with an unusually larger number of weather-related rescheduling issues this season, and this decision came after taking into account the number of day-night doubleheaders both teams already have scheduled...
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, the day after he selected two Purdue players in the NBA draft.
The C's first-round pick was 6-foot-10 JaJuan Johnson, and Ainge sounded cautiously optimistic that Johnson can help the Celtics immediately.
"I think he can contribute," Ainge said. "I always hate to put too many expectations on guys before the draft and after the draft. I think that sometimes we get all excited and get carried away on the draft. Historically, there's just not that many guys that come in on a good team, on championship-caliber teams, that are able to contribute. Well have three or four young guys on our roster this year, and one or two of them might contribute day in and day out. The others will have to find their spots through injuries and opportunities in other ways.
"Size is hard to find. I think that his size gives...
Lakers guard Ron Artest, whose actions helped spark the most embarrassing brawl in NBA history in 2004, is changing his name to Metta World Peace. Metta is a Buddhist term meaning loving-kindness. Artest's attorney filed a petition in court, and it will be considered on Aug. 26.
Also in the news, Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge, who made news earlier this year by disclosing the depths of his addiction to drugs and alcohol, said that he is done with football. Ainge, the nephew of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, explained that injuries to his right foot and throwing shoulder are too much to overcome at the age of 25. "This isn't the next step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt," he said.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup...
The Celtics had three players targeted in the first round. One was Boston College guard Reggie Jackson, but when he went to Oklahoma City with the 24th pick in the first round -- one spot ahead of the Celtics -- they decided to move on the big man they liked, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson. In the second round, the Celtics went with another Boilermaker when they chose guard E'Twaun Moore.
"We’re very fortunate," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. "We got two really good, productive college players. Mature kids, great character and attitude. We got some shooting. We got some length, and they’ll be a good fit for us."
Both players were four-year players at Purdue, and Ainge said that both are capable of competing for playing time next season.
"There’s not many rookies that contribute to championship-caliber teams," Ainge said. "We know that going in. We’ve got...
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.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
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.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
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!
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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