Talking during his weekly radio appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that center Jermaine O'Neal will be able to offer some value to the team after taking time to rest and rehab his injured knee.
"I'm not as concerned as I was before," Rivers said of O'Neal. "I think he has a really good chance of getting healthy now that he's taking a break. He's going to take a break. I do think he'll be able to give us something. The key for us and the key for him is to get healthy where he doesn't have to play three games and have to go out. So I think what we're doing right now is the right thing.
"With Jermaine, he needed this. His knee was hurting a little bit from training camp and it continued to hurt. The doctors looked at it and he needed a little rehab, he needed a lot of rest, and we're going to give him both."
Rivers said that his goal was...
Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to preview Sunday's game between the Patriots and Colts. Kravitz said Colts fans are resigned to the fact that their injury-depleted team, despite being 6-3 and leading the AFC South, faces a difficult challenge in Foxboro.
"I think there's a feeling, especially around here, that this team is just trying to hold on for dear life until guys come back and are healthy," Kravitz said. "I think people around here are sort of ready to take their lumps against New England and just hope they can hang on long enough to get some guys back and make a run at the playoffs."
Kravitz said it wouldn't be fair to assign blame to Peyton Manning for any offensive struggles, as the veteran quarterback can't do it all by himself. "I think he's been as good as he's ever been for the most part," Kravitz said....
The Jets are 5-0 on the road but just 2-2 at home. Rex Ryan hopes to change that trend, starting with Sunday's game vs. the Texans, and he's asking for the fans' help. The Jets coach on Wednesday said he wants his team to get off to a fast start, and the crowd can help by ending the tailgating early enough to be seated in the stadium before kickoff. "I’m just asking that we start tailgating earlier so by the time the introductions come out, we’ve got a butt in every seat," he said.
Added Ryan: "I’m challenging our fans. I’m challenging everybody, myself included, to start fast," he said. "Let [the Texans] know we’re here. Our team is going to let Houston know that we’re here and our fans will also.
“The last time we played Houston [last season’s opener in Texas], they had a ‘white out.’ Everybody was wearing white. I’m not calling...
The Red Sox spent much of 2010 having to explain what GM Theo Epstein meant when he described the season as a "bridge year." On Wednesday, team chairman Tom Werner, during an interview on The Big Show, wanted to make clear that 2011 will not be treated as a bridge but instead as a goal and destination.
Werner, who is in Orlando at the owners' meetings, said that the Sox are committed to a goal of winning the World Series in 2011. He anticipates that the team will sign "a significant free agent" and "make a trade to improve ourselves" with that target in mind.
"I want to assure everyone that there is no bridge year here this year. In 2011, we’re committed to win," said Werner. "I think Theo would have been the first to say that he was excited about the prospects we had coming up through our system. I think he made a very rare mistake saying that. After that, we...
According to FoxSports.com, which cited major league sources, the Red Sox' talks with the Diamondbacks about outfielder Justin Upton are now on "the back burner" after the two sides were able to achieve "little momentum for a trade." The report suggested that the Sox appeared to be an early frontrunner for the outfielder, but that their negotiations had slowed.
The teams were discussing three- and four-way trades, with the FoxSports.com report suggesting that a direct deal between the two clubs would require the Sox to include a combination of Daniel Bard, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Kalish and Casey Kelly. The report indicated that 15 teams have expressed interest in Upton, and that an unspecified team was making a push for the 23-year-old, five-tool talent.
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Brick joined the show to talk about the couple players that the B's added. He noted that the lack of subtractions means that the front office trusts the core group.
The Red Sox entire team wore the number 3 to honor Pete Frates. The HS team that was suspended for trying to bring awareness to breast cancer have been allowed to play. Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley are bad at karaoke, but not as bad as Joey and Christian.
With the Patriots focusing on CB Darrelle Revis, it's likely that the team will lose safety Devin McCourty or Brandon Browner. Or both.
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.
Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's
Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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