Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined Mut & Merloni at the team's Shamrock Classic golf tournament on Tuesday to discuss what the upcoming season will hold for a team that came a game away from the NBA Finals.
The C's lost Ray Allen as a free agent to the Heat this summer and added the likes of Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. While the roster has undergone some changes, Ainge noted that one of the bigger differences from seasons past is that Rajon Rondo, entering his seventh season in the league, stands alone as the team's best player.
"What you saw in the playoffs is what we've known for a little while about Rajon, is Rajon -- a lot of people will say Rajon's had success because he's had there superstars and Hall-of-Famers playing with him -- and what we saw in the playoffs is that Rajon's the best player on the team. Even the game that Paul fouls out, Rajon goes and scores nine straight...
Tom Brady was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday. Brady was asked for his thoughts on Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Ravens, a loss that dropped the Patriots to 1-2 on the season, the first time the franchise has been under .500 since 2003.
"It's a bit frustrating to come up on the losing end," Brady said. "To have a nine-point lead with half a quarter left, to think that we would lose that game would certainly not be the outcome that we would have thought, liked or hoped for. But that's the situation we're in, and we have to start figuring out how to do better so we can start winning these close games."
A huge story in the game was the replacement officials, who struggled throughout the contest to keep control of the players and with several key calls on the field. With the blown interception call at the conclusion of Monday night's Green Bay-Seattle game -- costing the Packers a victory -- the officials...
BOLTON -- New Celtics guard wasted no time ingratiating himself to his new hometown when he was asked about the prospect of starting or coming off the bench.
"My mission is to kill," Terry said. "Whoever that is, whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers. Hopefully both. That’s my mission and that’d what I’m here to do."
The former Sixth Man of the Year indicated that he would have no problem coming off the bench and that seems the way coach Doc Rivers is leaning. "I’m pretty sure," Rivers said. "I think I know, but you get in the gym and guys change your mind."
"We have tons of talent," Terry said. "It’s just a matter of Doc putting it all together and us buying into our roles. He hasn’t told me specifically what my role is, but whatever that is, I’m going to go out there and play it to the fullest."...
The league has issued a statement in the wake of the wild finish of Monday night's contest between the Packers and Seahawks:
"In Monday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Seattle faced a 4th-and-10 from the Green Bay 24 with eight seconds remaining in the game.
"Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
"While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.
"When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and...
BOLTON -- Keyon Dooling's retirement may have caught many off guard, but the Celtics had a decent idea that he was leaning in that direction. Dooling's absence opens the door for one or more of their young players to make the roster during training camp and team president Danny Ainge said the team isn't looking to bring in another veteran.
"We probably won’t bring anyone else in," Ainge said. "We like our young guys. We like Kris Joseph and Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith and they’ll be competing for that last spot."
All three players will arrive for training camp on non-guaranteed deals. Joseph, a second-round pick out of Syracuse, is signed to a two-year deal with neither year guaranteed. Christimas, who opened eyes with his play in summer league, has half his deal guaranteed and may have a leg up on the competition entering camp. Smith is the only pure guard of the bunch and his chances shouldn't be...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
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.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
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HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 1. Gerry tells Kirk that the trip to the White House may not happen for them. Mut takes his shirt off to prove how well the gym has worked. The guys read an old email from Dino.More from this show
Hour 2. Headlines with Kirk. Kirk and Gerry give Mut a hard time for his workout notebook.More from this show
Hour 1. With Kirk out, Gerry is joined by Trenni and Tomase. In the first segment, Trenni, Gerry, and Tomase talk food, NBA players using Tinder, and NFL commercials. Next, the hosts agree Lonzo Ball has to come to Boston both for his skill and entertainment value. Finally, Trenni reacts to Kirk’s take on Comcast.More from this show