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).
For more BC news, check The BC Blog.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show