WALTHAM -- With training camps opening around the league and roster uncertainty tearing apart would-be trades of superstars, several veterans on the Celtics echoed a sentiment among many in the NBA that the league is rushing its players toward the start of the season.
"I feel very rushed," Ray Allen said at the team's media day on Tuesday. "I can't say I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks but I think everybody is in the situation where we just have to do the best with what we have and we have to adjust to the situation at hand and it's a challenge for all of us and we're all going through it.
"There's nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally. Young guys, carry them along with us. For the veteran guys, we have to be ready for difficulties and great challenges."
Captain Paul Pierce pointed toward the league's...
Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since his sideline spat with quarterback Tom Brady, and said both of them are over it and have moved in to concentrate on this week’s opponent, the Broncos.
“I heard from my mom, [to] watch my language,” he said with a laugh. “It (was) just two competitive guys that want the best for the team. We’ve moved on to Denver and are getting ready for Denver now.”
Asked about the exchange, O’Brien talked about communication between players and coaches.
“When you walk in the door here and you work with Bill Belichick, you’re going to learn how to coach and you’re going to learn how to play,” he said. “That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on here, both coaches and players looking to improve every day and communicate with each other day. Sometimes communication...
WALTHAM -- Sounding an urgent tone about his team, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he is getting a message through to his team that now is the time to make one final run at an NBA title with the core of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo still in tact.
"We're not goofing around," Rivers said at Tuesday's team media day at the practice facility. "We want to win now. Literally, our window is closing. There's no doubt about that so we have to take advantage of this year."
Pierce echoed those comments when he said he feels much better about the team's bench this season than last year, a group Pierce labeled Tuesday as "immature."
Rivers said Tuesday that his team has a ways to go to be where it needs to be when it opens the 2011-12 season in New York against the Knicks.
"Had a good practice [Monday], scrimmaged, knew half the guys' names," Rivers said. "That was terrific...
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes Tuesday as the Bruins take on the Kings at TD Garden. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that he intends to play Thomas Wednesday against the Senators.
Gregory Campbell was not on the ice for the morning skate. He will miss Tuesday's game and will "probably not" play Wednesday, according to Julien. Campbell is dealing with a foot injury, and Zach Hamill is expected to center the fourth line in his place.
Daniel Paille, meanwhile, underwent a neuropsych evaluation Monday. The winger said the team was still awaiting results on the test, with Julien adding that he could play if he is cleared before the game.
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with catcher Kelly Shoppach on a one-year, $1.35 million deal. The contract is guaranteed. News of the agreement was first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via twitter)
Shoppach, taken with the Sox' top pick in the 2001 draft, hit .176 with a .268 OBP, .339 slugging mark, .607 OPS and 11 homers in 87 games with the Rays last season. It marked the third straight season in which the 31-year-old has seen declines in his average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS since a career-best 2008 season in which Shoppach hit .261/.348/.517/.865 with 21 homers for the Indians.
Shoppach made his big league debut with the Sox in 2005, playing nine games in the majors and going 0-for-15. He was traded that offseason to the Indians as part of the deal that resulted in the acquisition of center...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show