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02/09/2012 - 6:41pm
Ainge: Pierce 'one of the greats'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the team and forward Paul Pierce. The 34-year-old Pierce surpassed Larry Bird for second in all-time points for the C's this week. 

Ainge called Pierce "one of the greats," and noted that the small forward has been underrated in his career. 

"Because he played with bad teams for most of the early part of his career -- I mean, look what he did past his prime," Ainge said. "Everyone wants to say he was MVP of the finals, but no, he outplayed LeBron [James] in Game 7 in that Cleveland series. What he did in that playoff run was spectacular, and thats what it takes to be a championship-caliber team."

The C's have won nine of their last 10 games, and Ainge said the way the team plays in the weeks leading up to next month's trade deadline will determine which moves he might make.  

"We have a long...

02/09/2012 - 5:27pm
Ochocino will change back to Johnson

Come this summer, there will be no more Chad Ochocinco.

The Patriots wide receiver tweeted Wednesday evening that when he marries his girlfriend Evelyn Lozada on July 4, he will return to his original last name, Chad Johnson. After being called Chad Johnson for 30 years, he changed his name on Aug. 29, 2008, while with Cincinnati. (He indicated at the time that the name would be temporary.) In his first season with the Patriots, the receiver finished with 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


02/09/2012 - 5:02pm
Thomas walks out on reporters
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas really doesn't want to get into his political statements and he made that clear Thursday. 

Per the Boston Globe, Thomas walked out on reporters after they repeatedly asked him about his most recent political statement, which he posted on Facebook about the Catholic church. 

"From now on, first question I get on it every day, I'm done interviewing for that day," Thomas said.

When a reporter followed with another question about the post, Thomas reportedly said, "I'm out. Peace," and walked away.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins

 


02/09/2012 - 4:40pm
Brandon Jacobs apologizes to Gisele

Appearing on The Doug Gottlieb Show, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs apologized for a remark he made regarding Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, following his team' Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots.

Jacobs had told reporters Tuesday that Bundchen should "stay cute and shut up," referring to the model's comments caught on video immediately after the Super Bowl in which she said, "My husband cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."

Wednesday night, Jacobs backtracked.

"Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," he said. "It's his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else."

Jacobs...

02/09/2012 - 2:19pm
Pagliuca: Celtics can still draw top players

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, in an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show, suggested that the Celtics remain an attractive destination for marquee players despite the fact that David West chose to sign with the Pacers over the Celtics and Magic star Dwight Howard has suggested that the Celtics are not on his desired list of teams to join.

"We just have to make our club attractive for players to come to. It’s been attractive. We attracted Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. We think we’ll attract players in the future," said Pagliuca. "We still think it’s an attractive place. We have a great coach in Doc Rivers. We have Rajon Rondo, who’s a fantastic point guard who people want to play with. You see the young guys playing really well right now. We have two first-round draft picks in the next draft. It’s going to be an attractive place to play. When players come in and see those banners up there, they...

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