NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley joined the Dale & Holley show with Michael Smith on Wednesday. Among the things discussed were the "shaky" refereeing, the Celtics struggles against the Lakers in the finals, and where Paul Pierce ranks among the Celtics greats.
"It has been mediocre at best the first three games of this series," Barkley said of the officiating. "Really nobody has played well because they've got no chance of getting in a rhythm. Every foul has [gone] back and forth.
"If a star player is standing close to a guy, they'll give a foul to somebody else, everybody knows that. If a guy shoots a shot and he makes it, they won't call a foul. If he misses it, they call it a foul. There's always been late whistles."
Barkley said that as a result of the inability for players to get comfortable, the finals has been a display of...
Phil Jackson said after Game 3 that Andrew Bynum's status for Thursday's Game 4 was questionable and it appears the Lakers are taking a day-to-day approach with their center who is playing on a torn meniscus. "We won't be able to have any kind of answer on that until [Thursday]," Jackson said after the Lakers conducted practice at the Garden. But, Jackson is optimistic that he will play. "He's been able to overcome those odds almost all the way through these playoffs, ever since [the injury occured against] Oklahoma. So, we're really optimistic that he'll be able to find a way to do that."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday from Cleveland and addressed some off-field issues that have been oft-discussed in the media.
Regarding the Jacoby Ellsbury situation, Francona said he wasn't bothered by the fact that Ellsbury sought out a second and third opinion on his injured ribs. Said Francona: "I've had numerous conversations with [agent] Scott Boras and they've all been good. No, this is a good thing. You can't let your ego get in the way. Whether it's medical people or players or managers, we just want what's best for our players. However you've got to go about it, we're willing to do it."
Added Francona: "This kid wants to play. He came back, he was swinging a bat. … He wanted to be back in there playing, and he didn't feel like he could successfully."
With Victor Martinez teaming up with Daisuke Matsuzaka in Monday's win,...
Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Red Sox drafted in the supplemental first round (No. 39 overall), told WEEI.com that he will pitch pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League before he sits down with the club to negotiate a contract to begin his professional career. The 20-year-old entered 2010 regarded as perhaps the best college player in the draft, but injuries, performance struggles and signability concerns moved him down to the Sox' third pick.
Ranaudo, who will be advised by agent Scott Boras in negotiations with the Red Sox, performed well at the end of the college season, and said that he is healthy and looks forward to cementing his credentials as a top prospect this summer.
"The strides I made at the end of the season were significant. I feel like I’m pitching the best I pitched for a long time," Ranaudo said. "Hopefully I can go to the Cape, prove myself more and show the baseball world...
According to a tweet from The Recruit Scoop, Brady Heslip's former AAU coach, Ro Russell, said the 6-foot-2 guard has committed to Baylor. Heslip, who joined the BC program as a freshman in the middle of last season, decided to transfer after the Eagles fired coach Al Skinner and hired Steve Donahue. The Canadian sharpshooter visited Georgetown last week and also reportedly had a standing offer from Utah State.
Heslip is one of three players to transfer from BC this offseason, along with Evan Ravenel (Ohio State) and Rakim Sanders (Fairfield).
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk about what the Patriots need to do to turn things around before Sunday night's game against the Bengals.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
The guys opened the show discussing the coaches less than amicable conversation with Dale & Holley.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.
A bill in California has been signed into law, banning stores from using plastic bags. A Canadian football player talks trash into a hot microphone shortly before an in-game interview. The FCC is looking to ban the word "Redskins" from television and radio.
The fallout from Monday night continues as former Tedy Bruschi criticized Tom Brady's play over the first 4 games. The show re-visits Rodney Harrison's comments from yesterday, specifically, that Brady is "scared to death" in the pocket.
Abandon ship! The dynasty is over! Is the Patriots blowout loss an indication that this is the beginning of the end of this era? We discuss it with you.
We tackle four Patriots stinkers in which they bounced back and rebounded from getting smoked the week before.
Mikey, Villani and a double dose of Lenny. Lenny Megs and Lenny Clarke are in and talking about where the Patriots went wrong on Monday Night Football, and taking predictions on this Sunday's Pats-Bengals game and talking about why they think certain scores may hold up better than others.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the issues the Patriots defense faced against the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in the running game.
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mut and Price talk about how the Patriots were exposed in all aspects of the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Angel, John McDonald to discuss were his team stands heading into the postseason, his thoughts on its opponent, the Royals, and what the Yoenis Cespedes trade might have meant the A's. McDonald also bemoans the loss of the television show, 'The Baseball Bunch,' which was alive and kicking during Kansas City's last playoff run.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.More from this show