Duke guard Kyrie Irving was taken with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Thursday night, going to the Cavaliers. A 6-foot-3, 193-pound guard who only played 11 games this past season with Duke, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game with the Blue Devils. For more on the NBA draft all night long, check out the Green Street Blog all night long for updates.
Here are the statements made by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith made to reporters Thursday afternoon at the end of two days of talks between the players and owners at Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull:
Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”
Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined The Big Show on Thursday to discuss his decision to re-sign with the team and what was missing as the team failed to get past the Heat in the second round of the playoffs.
Rivers said that size, a replacement for Tony Allen and shooting will be required for the C's to be better next season.
"Not having Shaq [O'Neal] healthy was huge for us. It was a big loss," Rivers said. "The second thing is losing Tony Allen. I loved him. We needed a stopper. We didn't have a guy who you could say at the small positions -- at 1, 2 and 3 -- 'go shut him down.' We lost that that in Tony Allen. The third thing we have to add is, we have to keep adding shooting. I kept saying before the [finals], I picked Dallas. It didn't look good, actually. You could make the case Miami should have won in the first four games. I kept saying, 'If they start making shots like they're capable, of, this series is over, because...
Josh Beckett, who has been battling a flu-like sickness for the last week, won't pitch again until Tuesday. The Red Sox will still send out Jon Lester to pitch against the Pirates in the teams' series opener Friday night, with Tim Wakefield being bumped up to start Saturday, and Andrew Miller making his second start for the Sox on Sunday. Beckett had already been pushed back from his scheduled start last Tuesday and was slated to make his next appearance Saturday.
In other Red Sox pitching news, reliever Bobby Jenks, who has been recovering from strained intercostal muscles on his left side, will start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Saturday when they take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H. (7:05 p.m.).
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
Celtics CEO, governor and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck appeared on The Big Show Thursday to discuss the state of sports in Boston in Doc Rivers' decision to sign an extension to remain coach of the team this offseason. With the NBA draft set to take place Thursday night, the 2007 draft was brought up, as the team's failure in the draft lottery landed them the fifth overall pick despite the C's finishing with the second-worst record in the league during the season.
The Celtics ended up drafting Jeff Green and trading him to Seattle in the deal for Ray Allen. Grousbeck admitted Thursday that had the Celtics won the lottery and had the first overall pick, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's intention was "absolutely" to draft Texas' Kevin Durant over Ohio State center Greg Oden, the latter of whom was the consensus No. 1 pick and ended up being drafted first overall by Portland.
"I'll tell you, Danny was...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian examine the blow-back Michael Jordan is receiving for donating to both sides of the Police violence divide. OMF thinks he did the right thing.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to decide if Chris Sale is "Winning-obsessed" or "Fatal Attraction level crazy." But you still want him, right?
Lou doesn't want to make a big deal, or give up big time prospects. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss whether or not the Red Sox need to make any deal before Monday's deadline.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.
This week we look back at the Open Championship.
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.More from this show
"No credible evidence" frees Peyton Manning from any guilt in the NFL eyes on P.E.D usage, and Josh Gordon is reinstated into the league after multiple suspensions. John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Rob Bradford discuss.More from this show