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Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis is still ripping Doc Rivers

03.01.17 at 2:40 pm ET
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Glen Davis played under Doc Rivers with the Celtics from 2007-2011. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Glen Davis played under Doc Rivers with the Celtics from 2007-2011. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Glen “Big Baby” Davis continues to attack his former coach, Doc Rivers.

In an interview on NBA Insider Chris Broussard’s podcast two weeks ago, Davis called Rivers “overrated” and said he was “lucky as hell” to win a championship with the Celtics in 2008. As a guest on FS1’s “Undisputed” Wednesday,” the ex-LSU star took his criticisms of Rivers one step further.

“I think that he’s so caught up in being the president that hey, you need to be the coach. Danny Ainge was the president, and he got everything done the way it was supposed to be done,” Davis said. “He didn’t have to worry about that. Coach the game like you know how to coach. You’re an X’s and O’s coach. Get a great defensive minded coach like [Tom] Thibodeau once again.”

It’s been an up-and-down run for Rivers with the Clippers, who acquired him from the Celtics for a first-round pick in 2013. Though the Clippers have won more than 50 games in each of Rivers’ three seasons, they’ve failed to advance past the conference semifinals. Perhaps their biggest playoff disappointment came in 2015, when they blew a 3-1 lead against the Rockets. Davis says that series solidified his feelings about Rivers being overmatched in his role as Clippers coach and president of basketball operations.

“So I’ve seen the process. I know. I’ve been in the locker room when it was 3-1 against Houston and we lost. So, I see it. It’s just the fact, does he see it? Does he see it?,” he asked.

Davis’ apparent animosity towards Rivers dates back to his ankle injury in 2015, which he says was misdiagnosed. The 6-foot-9 forward hasn’t played in the NBA since.

“When you win a championship with somebody, you don’t treat nobody like that,” Davis said on Broussard’s podcast last month. “No matter if it’s a business or not, because it’s bigger than basketball between us, Doc. I’ve never left you at the altar. I’ve never left you at the altar. I never left. You got get Spencer Hawes, he does nothing, you gotta trade him. You got me on the bench, knowing that I could play, but you still go play Spencer Hawes … you’re just trying to cover your own butt because Spencer’s not panning out the way you want him to pan out, and I just don’t like that.”

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Katie Nolan is overrated

03.01.17 at 12:37 pm ET
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Katie Nolan is reportedly on the cusp of receiving a major push at FS1. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Katie Nolan is reportedly being wooed by ESPN. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Katie Nolan is a superstar within the echo chamber of Twitter. But outside the cozy confines of social media, she’s a relative non-factor.

With 18 months left on her exclusive deal with Fox Sports, Nolan is reportedly being groomed for a larger role at the network. An unnamed FS1 executive told Sporting News last week the Framingham native’s TV exposure is going to increase “five-fold” following the cancellation of “Garbage Time,” her irreverent and lowly rated late-night talk show. But FS1 may have some competition for Nolan going forward. According to Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, ESPN is wooing her for a role at the WorldWide Leader, perhaps to take part in a new national morning program with Mike Greenberg. The “Mike and Mike” co-host inked a new mega-contract with ESPN last year that will reportedly pay him $6.5 million annually.

Nolan, 30, first rose to prominence three years ago when she released an introspective commentary about the NFL’s gross mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. In it, she recounts her decision to pull back from asking Roger Goodell about the leniency of Rice’s original two-game suspension at a Fox Sports event, out of fear it would anger her superiors. Nolan chides herself for staying silent, and vows to be a leading opinionated female sports voice.

“It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table,” she says. “And not where their presence is a gimmick or a concept. Just a person who happens to have breasts offering their opinion on the sports they love and the topics they know. Because the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn’t. I’m ready when you are, Fox.”

Roughly six months after the Rice video, which has been viewed nearly 388,000 times on YouTube, Nolan launched “Garbage Time” in March 2015. But outside of a blistering rant about the media’s coverage of Greg Hardy’s return to the NFL, she failed to make noise on her weekly show. Last spring, SportsTVRatings calculated that “First Take,” the often mocked shout fest on ESPN, was nearly 14 times more popular than “Garbage Time.” Nolan averaged roughly 32,666 viewers per episode for her first three shows this year, drawing about one-third of the audience that Skip Bayless’ Undisputed attracted last week –– during the doldrums of the sports calendar. (More recent “Garbage Time” viewership data isn’t available.)

Nolan’s abysmal ratings may be more of a commentary on FS1 than her. The network also cancelled “Fox Sports Live” last week, after the highlight-centric show with Canadian anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole couldn’t attract an audience in four years. FS1’s lack of live game coverage at night gives it a dramatic disadvantage against ESPN, which owns rights agreements with almost every major sports league. With the absence of a strong lead-in, it’s difficult for FS1 studio shows to gain traction. This was evident last fall, when the station fell from first to 60th among cable networks in primetime ratings after the World Series had started airing exclusively on Fox.

It’s apparent that Nolan is talented and deserves the opportunity to have a bigger platform. Fox Sports missed a chance to do that at the Super Bowl, when it relegated her to social media segments during pregame coverage.

But make no mistake: Nolan is far from a TV star. As she demonstrated with her viral videos about Rice and Hardy, it’s possible to gain traction with a limited platform. As long as the content is good, people will generally find it. But it’s been more than one year since Nolan has factored into the news cycle. Perhaps her most recent notable bit was a crowdfunding effort last summer to buy David Ortiz a bench to put in Central Park –– a lame gimmick that doesn’t seem befitting for somebody who says she wants be a leading female sports voice.

It’s probably tempting for ESPN to throw millions at Nolan and thrust her into a leading role. She’s shown flashes of brilliance, willing to buck conventional wisdom and condemn the usually staid sports media industry. But right now, outside of the insulated world of social media, Nolan is a fringe player. She’s more notable in theory than reality.

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Draymond Green continues his feud with Paul Pierce by taking a shot at his Celtics career

03.01.17 at 9:43 am ET
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Paul Pierce is in a war of words with Draymond Green. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

Paul Pierce is in a war of words with Draymond Green. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

After withstanding a Twitter beatdown from Paul Pierce last week, Warriors forward Draymond Green has fired back with vengeance.

The latest chapter in the Pierce-Green feud happened Tuesday, when Green took a shot at Pierce’s career with the Celtics on his podcast.

“People tend to forget he was struggling to to get to the playoffs … Then all of a sudden Ray Allen and KG showed up. Let’s not forget that,” he said. “Just because you were scoring points don’t mean you were carrying the team. If you couldn’t get anywhere and you couldn’t do nothing, where were you carrying them to? … Pierce had had an amazing career. He was a beast. But how far was he carrying those teams? If you weren’t carrying them that far, I guess we’re in the same boat.”

During the Warriors-Clippers contest last Thursday, Green told Pierce, who’s in his final season, he’s not deserving of a farewell tour. That prompted Pierce to remind Green about the Warriors’ collapse against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last season.

While Green has a point about Pierce needing Kevin Garnett and Allen to reach the promised land, that’s hardly a negative commentary on the Truth. It takes more than one star to achieve success. Just ask Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who’s averaging a triple-double this season and will be lucky to win a first-round series.

The Clippers and Warriors don’t face each other again this season, so if Pierce and Green are going to continue their beef, it will likely have to wait until the playoffs.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Florida State player sort of gets revenge on Grayson Allen; Budapest pulls out of 2024 Olympic bid

03.01.17 at 9:19 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Exhibition: Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Miami vs. Houston, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Exhibition: LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College basketball: Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. ESPN2
College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: BC at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM 850)
College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Louisville at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: BC vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes was one of the players that was tripped earlier this season by Duke’s Grayson Allen and he may have got his revenge on Tuesday night.

In the Duke-Florida State matchup at Cameron Indoor Tuesday, Rathan-Mayes fell to the floor and when Allen stepped over him, he fell down himself. Likely not intentional, and probably a bit of an acting job on Allen’s part, but likely made Rathan-Mayes feel like he got a little revenge.

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Curt Schilling tries to flaunt his military credentials on Twitter, gets smacked down by an U.S. army veteran

02.28.17 at 12:04 pm ET
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Curt Schilling is no stranger to Twitter wars. (David Manning/USA TODAY Sports)

Curt Schilling is no stranger to Twitter wars. (David Manning/USA TODAY Sports)

It’s been a rough stretch for Curt Schilling on Twitter. Last week, he defended right-wing troll Milo Yiannopoulos, then retreated after hearing the former Breitbart editor’s rationalization of pederasty. But that fleeting moment of embarrassment pales in comparison to the pummeling Schilling took Tuesday, when he tried to explain away Donald Trump’s degradation of the U.S. military.

In a speech Monday about his plans to increase defense spending, President Trump said U.S. soldiers are hapless in combat.

“We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they can be to deter war, and when called upon to fight in our name, only do one thing: win,” he said. “We never win and we don’t fight to win. We don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or don’t fight it at all.”

After those remarks, former Missouri Security of State and Afghanistan war veteran Jason Kander condemned Trump on Twitter. Schilling fired back, saying Trump was talking about military leadership, not the troops on the ground.

Trump routinely lambasted the U.S. armed forces during his ascent to the Oval Office. Last year, he claimed to know more about defeating ISIS than our country’s generals. He’s extended his ire towards the intelligence community in recent months, comparing it to Nazi Germany.

Later in the unsolicited Twitter exchange, Schilling cited his military credentials, saying he once spent 18 days with troops in the Middle East. Kander, who was a decorated intelligence officer in the Army National Guard, responded in kind.

Stop the match. Kander wins in a knockout.

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Adidas NFL combine island prize is more burden than reward

02.28.17 at 11:51 am ET
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Sporting News Athletes participating in this year’s NFL Combine will have a chance to own their own island, thanks to adidas.

The footwear company will offer up a piece of paradise to anyone who can break Chris Johnson’s legendary 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds. The record, which was set in 2008, is going to be hard to beat, but maybe the prize will push an athlete to new limits.

There are a few rules to this, though. The athlete has to break the record wearing adidas shoes and must agree to an endorsement deal with the company before the start of the upcoming NFL season. The company will select the island, and there is a maximum value of $1 million.

Making the record based around a 40-time is of course going to be unfair to the offensive linemen and punters at the event, but tough luck, I guess.

Even if a record isn’t broken, adidas is willing to pay $10,000 to the athlete (wearing adidas shoes) who gets the fastest 40 time.

This sounds way better than it actually is.

There’s no guarantee the island will be “a piece of paradise.” Just as some deserts are made of ice, so are some islands. It could be an Arctic island or an island in outer space. The terms and conditions are very vague.

Most decent islands cost well over what Adidas is willing to pay, but here are some islands you can buy for under $1 million. A couple of them are OK but keep in mind adidas is picking which one you get. That’s a big catch here. Plus, the rules state Adidas will provide the island “as soon as reasonably possible,” which could mean anything.

The island probably won’t have running water or infrastructure so you’re going to have to bring that there yourself and those costs are not included in what Adidas is covering. And you have to travel there which will cost money, as will getting supplies for daily life shipped to the island. Kind of a hassle. Unless you want a deserted island, you’re going to have to shell out a lot for this “prize.” And pay taxes on it.

Of course, if you were in the market for an island already this isn’t such a bad deal.

In general, if an island is ever in your choice of prizes, your best bet is usually to take whatever else they’re offering.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Connecticut aquarium names seal after Trey Flowers; ESPN reportedly looking to woo Katie Nolan from FS1

02.28.17 at 9:30 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Exhibition: NY Yankees at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Arizona at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Colorado at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Golden State at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Charlotte at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Buffalo at Ohio, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Ohio State at Penn State, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fresno State at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 


— Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium is honoring the Patriots’ Super Bowl win by naming a rescued seal after a member of the championship team.

Each year the aquarium has a naming theme for its rescue seals and this year’s theme is flowers. Fittingly, it decided to name one of the seals Trey after Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers. Trey is expected to be released back into the wild after he completes his rehabilitation in two to three weeks.

Before the Super Bowl, Mystic Aquarium made a bet with the staff at the Georgia Aquarium that whichever aquarium’s team lost the Super Bowl, the staff must perform the sea lion show in the opposing team’s jerseys. Georgia’s staff fulfilled the bet while the sea lions performed “Under the Boardwalk” last week.

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There’s nothing funny about Rob Gronkowski’s ’69’ jokes

02.27.17 at 4:05 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski appears ready to embark on another wild summer. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski appears ready to embark on another wild summer. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Back when Rob Gronkowski was just beginning his NFL career, there was an endearing quality to his sophomoric sense of humor. He seemed to be genuinely juvenile, such as when he told a Spanish reporter “Yo soy fiesta” in response to a question about his post-AFC championship game party plans.

But now, after years of “69” jokes, the act seems fabricated. Gronk has jumped the shark.

The latest Gronkism came over the weekend, when he attended the Daytona 500 for Monster Energy, a sponsor of the NASCAR cup series. In an interview on Fox, Gronkowski tried his damnedest to get one of the Monster Energy Girls to say “69.” It didn’t work out.

“Hey Ashley, what’s your favorite speed limit out there?,” he asked. “I hope it’s somewhere around 70 or something.”

“I am hardcore. I like to go as fast as possible,” she responded, seemingly unaware of Gronkowski’s dimwitted obsession with “69” humor –– if there is such a thing.

There’s this notion that Gronkowski acts spontaneously, often blurting out the first thing that comes to his mind. But that doesn’t give him enough credit. There’s an apparent savviness to Gronkowski’s brand of inanity. At 27 years old, he’s crafted, and profited off, an amiable frat boy persona. Look no further than his line of party limos, which are supposed to bring the “the Gronk Bus experience to you in a Gronk’d up way.” Last year, roughly 800 people set sail on Gronk’s three-day party cruise, paying up to $1,100 for a balcony room.

There’s nothing harmful about Gronkowski’s schtick. But that doesn’t make it entertaining. Within the last couple of years, he’s taped No. 69 on the back of his practice jersey, worn a No. 69 jersey to a Super Bowl parade, almost keeled over in laughter after a reporter said “69” during an interview, and snickered at the podium when talking about his 69th career touchdown. Even Andrew Dice Clay’s routine had more variety.

The moment an act becomes brand-driven, it usually loses its luster. At the Daytona 500, Gronkowski was flanked by the Monster Energy Girls. Not so coincidently, the Gronk party buses are all stocked with Monster Energy drinks. Gronk’s latest “69” joke appears to be nothing more than sponsored content, designed to circulate around the blogosphere.

And that makes it lame. Very, very lame.

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Kevin Garnett modeled his workout routine after Beyoncé

02.27.17 at 1:52 pm ET
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Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA last season. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA last season. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Garnett stayed in impeccable shape throughout his 21-year NBA career, remaining an elite defender until the end. Apparently, Beyoncé was one of the reasons why.

In an appearance last week on Bill Simmons’ podcast, Clippers guard J.J. Redick said Garnett told him he modeled his work-out routine after the pop icon. Garnett said singing and dancing at the same time, just like Queen Bey herself, would help him keep his energy up for the entire game.

“One time I saw her working out, and she was doing her dances and she was singing while she was doing her dancing,” Garnett said to Redick. “So then I’m thinking to myself, ‘Maybe I should run and sing at the same time.’ So in the offseason, I would go to Malibu and I would go down to the beach, and when I run on the beach I would be like ‘Lalala lalala lalala,’ while I’m running. So then, when I get on the court and I’m getting back on defense and I’m talking on defense, I don’t get tired.”

Now that Garnett has joined the Clippers as a consultant, perhaps he’ll share his Beyoncé-inspired training methods with even more players. Advice like that is too good to keep to yourself.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox upgrade sleep room at Fenway for players to nap; ESPN’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’ wins Best Feature Documentary Oscar

02.27.17 at 9:30 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S MORNING MASHUP:
MLB:
Exhibition: St. Louis at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: NY Yankees vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA:
Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Indiana at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 9 p.m. ESPNU
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Connecticut at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: TCU at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. (FSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— When the Red Sox players return to Fenway Park this spring, they will find some major improvements to their team nap room.

The 145-square-foot sleep area is undergoing renovations after the Red Sox reached a deal with custom-made bedding company Bedgear this season. The room will now be equipped with performance bedding, including cool-vented pillows. It will also have oak floors, exposed brick and more beds.

“Every little edge you can get on your competition, if it’s one game or even an extra out, it matters,” Red Sox head athletic trainer Brad Pearson told the Boston Globe. “We’re always looking for ways to get better. This is one way.”

“How many hours can I sleep without waking up, that is the big thing for me,” Hanley Ramirez said. “It changes the way you play. It’s unbelievable. When you’re young you don’t think about stuff like that.”

Players tested mattresses and were fitted for pillows during spring training last week. They were also able to select their own luxury sheets and blankets.

The upgraded sleep room will be ready by Opening Day.

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