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07/09/2010 - 12:49pm
Merloni: Lee to NY a nightmare scenario

Lou Merloni of WEEI.com weighed in with his thoughts on the rumored trade that would send Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee to the Bronx. While Merloni notes that the Red Sox would still have the league's best left-hander in Jon Lester, Lee (a former teammate of Merloni in Cleveland) would bolster the Yankees rotation and make the Sox' challenge to get back into the race that much more difficult. Check out Merloni's piece at the Full Count blog.


07/09/2010 - 12:46pm
Celtics drop summer league finale

ORLANDO -- The Celtics lost to the Nets, 86-68, on Friday to finish their 2010 NBA Summer League with a 1-4 record.

 

The Celtics dressed just seven players in the loss. Jaycee Carroll, Ryan Thompson, DeShawn Sims and Matt Janning flew Thursday to Las Vegas for another NBA Summer League, and Semih Erdin is back in Turkey for the FIBA championships.

 

Luke Harangody completed an impressive week with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Rodney Green chipped in with 12 points and Oliver Lafayette had 10 assists.

 

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

 

 


07/09/2010 - 11:41am
LeBron's decision gets big TV ratings

LeBron James' one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night to announce that he would be playing for the Miami Heat next season drew a 7.3 national rating, according to early reports. That means that about seven of every 100 television sets in the nation's 56 biggest cities tuned in to watch "The Decision." For a little perspective, the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals this year averaged a 7.6 but had four games below a 7.3. In fact, ESPN NBA writer J.A. Adande said on Twitter that "LeBron in 07 Finals got a 6.2." Sports Illustrated writer Stewart Mandel also noted that the offseason program's figure was higher than "95 percent of actual NBA games." It is expected to be ESPN's highest rating for a news program in the network's history.

 

For more offseason NBA news, check out the Green Street blog


07/09/2010 - 10:49am
Van Gundy: Heat 'different' than 2008 Celtics

ORLANDO -- Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told WEEI.com Friday that although the 2010-11 Miami Heat will feature a trio of All-Stars they will be 'different' than the 2008 Celtics. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have all used the 2008 Celtics as an example when asked how the three would be able to work together on the court. 

 

"Well, there are some differences," said Van Gundy Friday at the 2010 NBA Summer League. "I think that the Celtics guys were a little older when they got them. You've got three guys just entering their prime. I mean, the youngest of the three Boston guys, Pierce was going into his 10th year. These guys are all going into their eighth year. So things are different. They are younger, in their prime. They are going to be an outstanding team, but you still have to play all the games every night."

 

Van Gundy was asked if the Celtics were still the favorites in the...

07/09/2010 - 10:23am
Bruins re-up blueliner Stuart for one year

WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday that the team had re-signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a one-year deal. 

 

Stuart, 26, is a veteran of 252 NHL regular season games and has 12 goals, 23 assists for 35 points and 261 penalty minutes in those contests. He also has 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, with two career assists in those 22 games.

 

Last season, Stuart played in 56 games for the Bruins, with two goals and five assists. He was sidelined for 26 regular season games and eight postseason contests with a broken left pinky finger and a subsequent infection within that finger.

 

During his 2008-2009 campaign, Stuart set career highs in goals, assists and points as well as tying his career high in games played, registering 5-12=17 totals in 82...

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