Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he got in touch with struggling Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez a couple of days ago, trying to boost the confidence of the third baseman who was batting .130 in this year's playoffs before being benched for Tuesday night's Game 3 of the ALCS against the Tigers.
"I just said to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,' " Bryant said after scoring 31 points in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Jazz. "I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it,' and just do your thing.
"Hopefully the next game they'll kind of give him a chance, maybe put him back at third and let him respond to the pressure, which I think he'll do."
Bryant, who expressed his displeasure after A-Rod was...
Paul Pierce drained six of his first seven 3-point attempts and finished with a team-high 29 points, but the Celtics blew a late lead and lost to the Nets, 97-96, Tuesday night in preseason action at TD Garden. With guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith cut before the game, Rajon Rondo played a preseason-high 35 minutes and finished with five points and 11 assists. The Celtics led 95-86 with 3:16 left before the Nets went on a 10-0 run to take the lead with 40 seconds remaining.
Pierce -- who made 10 of his 17 shots and finished 6-of-8 from long distance -- played 27 minutes and started the game with regulars Rondo and Kevin Garnett. Rookie Jared Sullinger and newcomer Courtney Lee filled out the starting lineup for Doc Rivers, who was not on the bench for the second half. Michael Longabardi and Armond Hill took over for Rivers in the second half. Sullinger had six points, nine rebounds and five personal fouls in 30 minutes of action, the most time...
Eddie Yost, who played in the big leagues for 18 years and then spent another 22 seasons as a third-base coach for the Senators, Mets and Red Sox, passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 86.
Yost, who made his big league debut as a 17-year-old with the Senators in 1944, earned the nickname "The Walking Man" for his extraordinary ability to draw free passes. Yost hit just .254 in his career but managed a .394 OBP thanks to a career total of 1,614 walks, which ranks 11th all-time. He led the AL in walks six times.
After playing for the Senators (14 seasons), Tigers (2 seasons) and Angels (2 seasons), he served as a third-base coach with the Senators (1962-67), Mets (1968-76) and then the Red Sox (1977-84) under Don Zimmer and Ralph Houk. He then retired to his home in Wellesley.
Yost is survived by a son, Mike, and daughters Felita and Alexis.
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In a surprise move prior to the Celtics' fifth preseason game -- and first at TD Garden -- against the Nets, the C's waived guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, trimming the roster to 16 with four games to play before the regular season.
Both players participated in all four preseason games for the C's, although neither made much of an impact in limited minutes. Still, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who has expressed concern at the lack of depth behind point guard Rajon Rondo, hinted over the weekend that the team would wait to make any roster moves until later this week.
So, the cuts of Christmas -- whose summer league success and early call off the bench in Monday night's loss to his hometown 76ers seemed to give him a leg up on his competition -- and Smith -- whose ballhandling ability also appeared to give him an inside edge -- come as a surprise. While the C's still could be looking to add veteran point guard depth behind Rondo and Jason Terry...
In Jackie MacMullan's latest column on the maturation of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, one of the most revealing quotes comes from Keyon Dooling, who discussed the relationship between Rondo and former teammate Ray Allen.
"Ray was great in many ways," Dooling told MacMullan. "Rondo learned a lot from him -- how to prepare, how to take care of his body, how to be professional.
"But the way Ray led was different than how Rajon did it. Not wrong, just different.
"Ray didn't know how to communicate with Rondo the way some of us could, like myself, like KG, who fully embraced Rajon.
"I love Ray. I love his family. He's a true pro. But it's unfair how this all came out. Ray had such a good relationship with all the reporters and Rondo was so quiet. So who gets all the good press?
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
Lou interviews JBJ, who talks about playing in a young outfield, and why he changed his number.
David Aldridge appeared on NBA TV to say that the Bulls don't want to trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for just picks. They want Jae Crowder, too.
Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report, thinks that the GM's around the league are positioning to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
Based on this string of tweets and his desire to fully test the free agent waters, it certainly seems logical that Marty Bennett will not remain with the Patriots for next year.
Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Ken Laird is in Boston, Chris Curtis in Ft. Myers and the guys find a way to produce a Tuesday post-show recap of K&C on location at Red Sox camp
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
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John Provost defends the decision to discontinue High Five Fridays.More from this show