Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for not making himself available to the media after the Celtics' Game 7 loss to the Heat. Garnett's contract expires on June 30 and he can become a free agent. His silence has fueled speculation that he may retire, but it's worth pointing out that he also skipped talking to the media after the Celtics were eliminated in 2011 and he didn't make himself available at all after he was injured in 2009.
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With trade rumors swirling around Kevin Youkilis, Sox manager Bobby Valentine told WEEI's The Big Show that he had a recent conversation with the third baseman about it.
"Kevin and I basically talked about that yesterday and it's not an easy situation," Valentine said. "It is part of the baseball world. Every team every year basically every month of the season have some designated person where trade rumors swirl around and I feel for Kevin to have to be distracted by them. I feel for him to have to answer questions that no one is able to answer. Whether he's affected by them when he goes out on the field I really couldn't tell you, but I can tell you that his effort and his preparation and his desire is there every second of the day."
Valentine said that it was a "juggling act" to find spots for Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks, but the players have handled it well.
Appearing on Mut & Merloni on Wednesday afternoon, ESPN's baseball analyst Buster Olney voiced disapproval with manager Bobby Valentine's tirade about umpires.
"That's not necessarily a place where I would go and I think a lot of mangers would not want to go there," Olney said. "I was surprised that he did go there because of the fear that people have that there's going to be some kind of retribution at some point. Also, given the dynamics we've seen in baseball, there really is not a central authority in baseball [like what] we've seen in the NFL, where if a referee has a bad Sunday he's out on Monday. That's just the way it works in that league. In baseball, it doesn't work that way. You're not going to get change by talking to reporters. Either change is going to happen over years -- Larry Lucchino said to me baseball moves like a dreadnought, one of those giant warships that takes a long time to turn. That's why I don't...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick was asked several pointed questions before Wednesday's minicamp practice about the Patriots claim Tuesday of former Giants tight end Jake Ballard, who caught the game-winning catch against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in early November. Ballard had to have surgery after tearing his ACL and suffering a microfracture injury in the Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots.
Belichick was asked if there was any "unwritten rules" for claiming another player that was placed on waivers while rehabbing an injury.
“There are no unwrittens.” Belichick said when asked about unspoken agreements between teams. “You can’t negotiate a contract with a player while he’s under contract. You can't negotiate a contract, release him then renegotiate another contract with him that was already done in advance. I'm sure the Giants weren't doing that. [When] a player is on waivers, he’s on...
Appearing on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning, NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy said the constant arguing with the umpires is just one of a few things negatively affecting the Red Sox at this point in the season.
"It's gotten way out of hand and I think it eventually hurts you," Remy said. "You're going to have individual battles with umpires in a game, that's commonplace, that happens all the time. But to come out and just completely rip them all and have this constant battle going on, I mean, look, these guys are human, too. They read the same things that we read and they hear the same things we hear. I don't know how close calls can go either way when you're out there publicly ripping an umpire.
"Quite frankly, I've had enough of it and I think it doesn't suit the team well at all to continue ripping umpires because it's not going to help you. I know that they're professionals, they're...
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 Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
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.
Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.
Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.
Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.
HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Tuukka's rebound game last night against the Predators, Glenn had a squirrel moment when ESPN started talking about Joe Mixon, Tom Brady was compared to Kobe Bryant, and Holley says the Celtics can win the title.
HOUR 3 - Did Butler's camp screw up Butler's situation? Glenn exposes one of Fauria's verbal crutches. The guys try to come up with some new podcast names and ideas.
HOUR 2 - Fauria struggles to read the "Trending Now." Dave Dombrowski is getting defensive about the fact that all his free agent pitching acquisitions are getting injured. Hanley forgets which shoulder he hurt 2 years ago. Lou loses it when John Farrell makes up some new baseball lingo.
The NFL commissioner is claiming that he will attend the opener at Gilette Stadium next fall... does this put Deflategate to bed finally? Or will Roger find a way to duck out of his verbal commitment?
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots off-season and it becomes a conversation about longevity for Brady and Belichick, and which will be around longer for this team.
Dale, Michael and Rich discuss our guest Michael Irvin being implicated in a sexual assault case - important to note that details are scarce at this time and no charges have been filed to this point.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
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 the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.
Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Hour 2. Kirk responds to Keefe’s shot at him. Alex says America is to blame for 9/11 in Headlines. Alex says the U.S. should let as many people in as possible.More from this show
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.More from this show
Hour 1. Roger Goodell is going to New England, Belichick wore the same clothes, and O’Reilly commented on Maxine Waters’ hair. Renee Graham, from the Boston Globe, thinks Boston is racist.More from this show
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).More from this show
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.More from this show