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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...

07/09/2010 - 9:58am
Post's Sherman on D&H: Lee deal 'on brink'

New York Post baseball writer Joel Sherman joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the potential Cliff Lee trade. Sherman's story early Friday morning indicated that the Yankees are close to acquiring the standout left-hander from the Mariners.

 

"All sources continue to tell me what people were telling me last night: It's on the brink of occurring," Sherman said.

 

Lee is scheduled to start against the Yankees Friday night at Seattle's Safeco Field. Sherman said there appears to be a gentleman's agreement that if the deal goes down prior to the game, New York will not pitch Lee against the M's in this weekend series.

 

The key prospect in the trade would be Triple-A catcher Jesus Montero. Sherman noted that catcher is the Yankees' deepest position in the organization, making Montero expendable.

 

Assuming the deal goes through, Sherman said he expects...

07/09/2010 - 8:46am
Coroner: NBA alum Turpin's death a suicide

Authorities in Lexington, Ky., confirmed the death of former University of Kentucky star and NBA player Mel Turpin, and the county coroner said the 49-year-old had committed suicide.

 

Turpin's body was discovered by police Thursday afternoon at his home after a personal injury call. Turpin's sister, Margaret Burrus, told reporters outside her home that her brother was diabetic and trying to keep it under control. "I didn't know he was depressed or anything,'' she said. "I would have never said that he would have done this."

 

Turpin, a 6-foot-11 center, led Kentucky to the SEC title in 1984, averaging 15.2 points per game, and was the sixth overall pick in the draft that year by the Washington Bullets, who immediately traded him to Cleveland. He spent three seasons with the Cavaliers before ending his career with a season in Utah and one in Washington. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 361...

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