WALTHAM -- Often hesitant to heap praise on a Celtics rookie, both Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett went out of their way to compliment Jared Sullinger after their first practice since returning from Italy.
"He's probably the smartest rookie we've had since I've been here," said Rondo. "He's very intelligent -- high basketball IQ -- and he's very unselfish. He doesn't need a play called for him. He's just been getting his points off the little dirty work."
For those wondering, Rondo excluded himself from that "smartest rookie" conversation. "I think I'm the smartest player ever," he joked. "That's my problem."
This came on the heels of Celtics coach Doc Rivers explaining how he might start Sullinger, Brandon Bass or Darko Milicic, depending on the given matchup. After amassing 16 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench in the C's 97-91 loss to Istanbul Fenerbahce in their preseason...
WALTHAM -- Fresh off their trip to Europe, the Celtics returned to the practice court on Wednesday and when the curtain was raised, rookie Jared Sullinger was on the court with the other starters. Sullinger also started the C's final exhibition game in Milan and played well, scoring 25 points to go with 15 rebounds in the two games.
Coach Doc Rivers said he hasn't made any decisions about starters yet, but he suggested that he could use several different lineups depending on the matchup. In addition to Sullinger or Brandon Bass starting at the 4, Rivers said he could use Darko Milicic at center and slide Kevin Garnett back to his familiar turf.
"We can slide Kevin over to the four to start games. The first half of the year I don’t know if that’s a bad thing, so Kevin doesn't have a wrestling match the entire season with the bigs," Rivers said. "There’s a lot of thoughts. We may go to a transitional...
FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman (hand), Steve Gregory (hip), Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and Tracy White (foot) were absent as the Patriots took the field for Wednesday's practice. Edelman, Gregory and Hoomanawanui were all inactive for the Pats' win Sunday against the Broncos, with White leaving the game with a foot injury.
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According to a team source, the Red Sox plan to start interviews related to their managerial vacancy on Friday, a process the team plans to continue over the weekend and early next week. The source declined to identify the names of any candidates whom the team plans to interview.
The Sox are looking to make their second managerial hiring in as many years after Bobby Valentine was fired following the Sox' 69-93 record this season. A year ago, the Sox didn't conduct their first interview until Oct. 31, one week after Ben Cherington's introduction as general manager (following the departure of Theo Epstein for Chicago).
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ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about Red Sox and other MLB news.
Olney noted that at least some of the executives involved in the Red Sox' managerial search took some family time over the holiday weekend, and now they're returning their focus to trying to land John Farrell from the Blue Jays.
"I think when they got back after the holiday on Tuesday, I think a lot of the people involved went back to work," Olney said. "I would not at all be surprised if we hear something in the next 24-48 hours. Because let's face it: It's a pretty clear situation. If Toronto really values John Farrell, if they don't want to lose him and he's someone that they want to try to build around going forward, they're going to say no. If they have even lukewarm feelings about him, then they should aggressively move to make something happen. Because they know he's probably going to walk...
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