Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday. Ainge was first asked about Greg Oden, who will will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and miss the rest of the season. Oden -- the first pick of the 2007 NBA Draft -- has played in just 82 regular-season games in his career. Many thought that the Celtics would have selected Oden if they had landed the top pick in the 2007 draft lottery.
"I have never spent much time [thinking about Oden]," said Ainge, "I have spent time watching Kevin Durant play the last couple of years, wondering what would have been, because he's such a special player. But not much time, no. We're very grateful for how it all turned out."
Ainge was asked if, in fact, the Celtics had secured the top pick of that 2007 draft would they have picked Oden or Durant.
Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about the early-season struggles of the Miami Heat. It was Van Gundy in August who claimed that the Heat would have "a great chance" to break the 1996 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season. With the Heat at 7-4, Van Gundy is willing to reconsider his offseason prediction.
"Well, I'm gonna downscale my prediction due to the Mike Miller injury and some unforeseen losses, and I'm going to put them in the mid-60s [for wins] now," said Van Gundy. "I do believe Miami is going to figure it out, play better and better as the year goes on. Nothing troubles me like their statements. You had LeBron James come out a couple of games back and say 'I played too much.' I never, ever heard a great player say 'I played too much.' And Bosh after this great game last night, he says 'The coach wants us to work and we want to...
FOXBORO — The Colts, who had nine players miss Wednesday's practice because of injury, saw those numbers dip slightly on Thursday, as a handful of players — like Dwight Freeney and Reggie Wayne — practiced for the first time all week on Thursday. Here’s their complete injury report:
Did Not Practice
LB Gary Bracket (toe)
TE Brody Eldridge (rib)
RB Mike Hart (ankle)
DE Robert Mathis (rested)
DB Bob Sanders (biceps)
LB Clint Session (elbow)
DB Justin Tryon (foot)
RB Joseph Addai (neck)
DB Kelvin Hayden (neck)
WR Austin Collie (concussion)
WR Blair White (shoulder)
DT Dwight Freeney (rested)
WR Reggie Wayne (knee)
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FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady was back at practice on Thursday, but was still limited. Here’s the rest of the Patriots injury report for Thursday.
Did Not Practice
S Jarrad Page (calf)
DT Myron Pryor (back)
Limited Participation in Practice
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
G Stephen Neal (shoulder)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
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Felix Hernandez was named the winner of the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, receiving 21-of-28 first place votes to easily outdistance runner-up David Price of Tampa Bay.
Hernandez won just 13 games for the Mariners in 2010 -- the lowest total ever recorded by a Cy Young winner in either league for starting pitchers in a full season -- but he led the AL with a 2.27 ERA in his 34 starts. He also paced the league in innings pitched (249.2) and his 232 strikeouts trailed only Jered Weaver's 233.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia was third in the voting, with Jon Lester finishing fourth. Lester's became the first left-handed Red Sox pitcher since 1989 (Bruce Hurst) to land a top-five finish in Cy Young voting.
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Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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