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02/17/2012 - 8:53am
Mashup: LeBron would consider Cleveland

LeBron James, back in his home state for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, said he would not rule out returning to Cleveland later in his career, despite the messy breakup two years ago.

"I don't know. I think it would be great," he said. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

"And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me."

James said he has no bitterness toward Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but he said he has not spoken to Gilbert since James last met with the team's management before he made his decision to sign a six-year contract with Miami as a free agent. Gilbert famously went on a rant after James' announcement and blasted the star forward.

"I don't...

02/17/2012 - 7:14am
Anderson shines, but BC falls to Maryland

Freshman Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent Boston College from dropping an 81-65 decision to Maryland on Thursday night in College Park, Md.

Fellow rookie Lonnie Jackson scored 19 for the Eagles (8-18, 3-9 ACC), who have lost all seven ACC road games this year.

ACC scoring leader Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points for Maryland (15-10, 5-6), including 19 in the first half as the Terrapins built a 14-point lead at the break. Stoglin scored 14 consecutive points early in the game -- including three straight 3-pointers -- as Maryland rebounded from a 10-4 deficit to take control.

BC next hosts fifth-ranked Duke on Sunday night.

For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.


02/16/2012 - 11:57pm
Inconsistent C's lose to Chicago

Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 23 points each to lead the Bulls past the visiting Celtics, 89-80, Thursday night in Chicago.

The game was tied at 69 before Chicago closed with a 20-11 run to pick up its seventh win in its last eight games.

The Celtics, who lost for the fourth time in the last five games, got another superlative effort from Rajon Rondo, who finished with a team-high 17 points, as well as eight assists and seven rebounds. The Bulls were without star Derrick Rose, who missed his fourth straight game because of back problems, but were buoyed by 15 points and 15 rebounds from Joakim Noah.

For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.


02/16/2012 - 8:26pm
Garnett returns, Rose out for Bulls

The Celtics will have Kevin Garnett back in the lineup against the Bulls on Thursday night after he sat out Wednesday's game with a hip flexor. It was the first game Garnett has missed this season, and the Celtics' defense suffered noticeably without him in a loss to the Pistons.

Bulls star Derrick Rose will not play on Thursday. The reigning MVP has missed the last three games with back spasms, including Sunday's game that the Celtics won, 95-91.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/16/2012 - 6:03pm
Ainge: Celtics had waiver claim on Lin

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on his weekly interview with The Big Show that the team put in a waiver claim on Jeremy Lin when he was cut by Golden State in December. The Rockets had priority on the waiver wire over the Celtics and won the claim, but Ainge said he didn't put in a claim when Houston waived the former Harvard star because the C's roster was set.

"We liked Jeremy Lin some but nobody could have predicted that he would be this good," Ainge said. "I always say it's an opportunity league. Not only did he get an opportunity to play, finally, but an opportunity to play in a system that does what he does best. I'm really happy for the kind. He really is a great kid. It really is a fun story."

As for his own roster, Ainge said that he was encouraged by his team's defense, but acknowledged that, "Our team has been very up and down, very inconsistent." 

"Our offense...

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