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06/09/2010 - 1:43pm
Barkley on D & H: Refs 'mediocre at best'
By: DJ Bean

NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley joined the Dale & Holley show with Michael Smith on Wednesday. Among the things discussed were the "shaky" refereeing, the Celtics struggles against the Lakers in the finals, and where Paul Pierce ranks among the Celtics greats. 

"It has been mediocre at best the first three games of this series," Barkley said of the officiating. "Really nobody has played well because they've got no chance of getting in a rhythm. Every foul has [gone] back and forth.

"If a star player is standing close to a guy, they'll give a foul to somebody else, everybody knows that. If a guy shoots a shot and he makes it, they won't call a foul. If he misses it, they call it a foul. There's always been late whistles."

Barkley said that as a result of the inability for players to get comfortable, the finals has been a display of "really ugly basketball."

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06/09/2010 - 1:43pm
Barkley on D&H: Refs 'mediocre at best'
By: DJ Bean

NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley joined the Dale & Holley show with Michael Smith on Wednesday. Among the things discussed were the "shaky" refereeing, the Celtics struggles against the Lakers in the finals, and where Paul Pierce ranks among the Celtics greats. 

 

"It has been mediocre at best the first three games of this series," Barkley said of the officiating. "Really nobody has played well because they've got no chance of getting in a rhythm. Every foul has [gone] back and forth.

 

"If a star player is standing close to a guy, they'll give a foul to somebody else, everybody knows that. If a guy shoots a shot and he makes it, they won't call a foul. If he misses it, they call it a foul. There's always been late whistles."

 

Barkley said that as a result of the inability for players to get comfortable, the finals has been a display of...

06/09/2010 - 12:57pm
Bynum's status for Game 4 uncertain

Phil Jackson said after Game 3 that Andrew Bynum's status for Thursday's Game 4 was questionable and it appears the Lakers are taking a day-to-day approach with their center who is playing on a torn meniscus. "We won't be able to have any kind of answer on that until [Thursday]," Jackson said after the Lakers conducted practice at the Garden. But, Jackson is optimistic that he will play. "He's been able to overcome those odds almost all the way through these playoffs, ever since [the injury occured against] Oklahoma. So, we're really optimistic that he'll be able to find a way to do that."


06/09/2010 - 12:43pm
Francona on D&C: No issues with Ellsbury

Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Cleveland and addressed some off-field issues that have been oft-discussed in the media.

 

Regarding the Jacoby Ellsbury situation, Francona said he wasn't bothered by the fact that Ellsbury sought out a second and third opinion on his injured ribs. Said Francona: "I've had numerous conversations with [agent] Scott Boras and they've all been good. No, this is a good thing. You can't let your ego get in the way. Whether it's medical people or players or managers, we just want what's best for our players. However you've got to go about it, we're willing to do it."

 

Added Francona: "This kid wants to play. He came back, he was swinging a bat. … He wanted to be back in there playing, and he didn't feel like he could successfully."

 

With Victor Martinez teaming up with Daisuke Matsuzaka in Monday's win,...

06/09/2010 - 11:59am
Sox draftee Ranaudo discusses future

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Red Sox drafted in the supplemental first round (No. 39 overall), told WEEI.com that he will pitch pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League before he sits down with the club to negotiate a contract to begin his professional career. The 20-year-old entered 2010 regarded as perhaps the best college player in the draft, but injuries, performance struggles and signability concerns moved him down to the Sox' third pick.

 

Ranaudo, who will be advised by agent Scott Boras in negotiations with the Red Sox, performed well at the end of the college season, and said that he is healthy and looks forward to cementing his credentials as a top prospect this summer.

 

"The strides I made at the end of the season were significant. I feel like I’m pitching the best I pitched for a long time," Ranaudo said. "Hopefully I can go to the Cape, prove myself more and show the baseball world...

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