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ESPN’s Bomani Jones appears to suggest Boston would’ve been too racist for DeMarcus Cousins 02.23.17 at 2:25 pm ET
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The Celtics reportedly weren't interested in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sport)s

The Celtics reportedly weren’t interested in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sport)s

ESPN’s Bomani Jones appears to be slandering Boston again.

During a recent edition of his radio show, “The Right Time,” Jones was talking about teams that were linked to center DeMarcus Cousins, who was traded to the Pelicans Sunday. He says Cousins is fortunate he didn’t wind up in Boston, because it wouldn’t have worked for him here.

“I think all of us can say: DeMarcus Cousins in Boston probably wouldn’t have been the best idea.” Jones said. “For a number of reasons, it probably wouldn’t have been the best idea. Right?””

The possible reasoning behind Jones’ proclamation is ambiguous on the surface, but not difficult to surmise once you consider his history. Last month, Jones strongly hinted Celtics fans cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward because he’s white, saying no other fan base would’ve reacted to him that way.

“Is there another arena in the whole country that would get this charged about Gordon Hayward maybe coming as a free agent? Clapping for Kevin Durant is one thing. But if you put Gordon Hayward on the same level as Kevin Durant, you might be the city that had the Kevin Love welcoming tour when he wasn’t even a free agent yet,” he said.

From a basketball standpoint, there’s little reason to think Cousins wouldn’t have fit with the Celtics. Head coach Brad Stevens has never publicly disparaged the three-time All-Star, and point guard Isaiah Thomas, who was teammates with Cousins in Sacramento, said last year it would be “really good” to play with him again.

Given the lack of convincing on-court evidence, it seems like Jones is once again needlessly introducing race to the conversation. Cousins has 17 technical fouls this season and is one of the most demonstrative players in the NBA. Jones, with his comment about Cousins not working in Boston for a “number of reasons,” appears to suggest Celtics fans would reject a passionate black player.

Jones isn’t the first ESPN host to allude to this point. In a podcast earlier this year, NBA analyst Amin Elhassan curiously said Celtics fans wouldn’t take to Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, presumably because he’s an outspoken black athlete.

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Isaiah Thomas tweets out another mysterious emoji, is almost certainly trolling us 02.22.17 at 2:52 pm ET
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Isaiah Thomas is a great point guard. But he’s an even better Internet troll.

Two days after his eyeball emoji sparked chaos across the basketball world, Thomas is back at it again. On Wednesday, he tweeted out an hourglass. No word on whether this message will propel 20 reporters to contact Celtics general manager Mike Zarren, like the last one did.

With the NBA trade deadline coming up Thursday, the Celtics remain immersed in rumors. General manager Danny Ainge is reportedly still considering a deal for Carmelo Anthony, and the team has been linked to forwards Paul George and Jimmy Butler as well. With that in mind, perhaps Thomas’ hourglass means a blockbuster acquisition is imminent. Or, more likely, it means nothing. NBA players have taken to trolling the media recently.

Last week, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving told reporters he thinks the earth is flat. The inane assertion dominated headlines throughout All-Star Weekend, with every major sports blog publishing stories on the matter. When Irving was asked about his comments Saturday, he hinted he was trying to prove a point about contemporary media coverage.

“I think that there’s just so much, I guess — I don’t know if you can even call it news — there are so many real things going on, actual, like, things that are going on that’s changing the shape, the way of our lives,” he said, via ESPN. “And I think it sometimes gets skewed because of who we are in the basketball world, and, ‘Oh man, what does he actually think? Oh, no, I don’t like hearing … the world is flat, or he thinks the world can’t be round.’ You know, I know the science, I know everything possible — not everything possible — but the fact that that actually could be real news, that people are actually asking me that — it’s a social phenomenon.”

Whenever a famous person does something, it will get covered, regardless of how silly the action is. Pistons center Andre Drummond proved this Tuesday, when reporters swarmed him after he had retweeted Thomas’ eyeball emoji and –– get this –– tweeted his own, too.

Since there’s a small chance Drummond’s emoji sharing was a covert message, Pistons reporters can’t be blamed for asking him questions about it –– just like Celtics beat writers rightfully followed up with Zarren Monday. NBA players seem to know they have a captive audience on social media. They’re proving it one tweet at a time, with Thomas leading the charge.

(By the way, for more coverage of Thomas’s mystery tweet, check out John Tomase on the Green Street Blog.)

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With a single tweet, Isaiah Thomas exposed the stupidity of sports news in 2017 02.21.17 at 2:41 pm ET
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All it took was one emoji to expose the soul-sucking nature of covering sports today, where grown men and women with college degrees are forced to chase after inanity.

In a cryptic tweet Monday, Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas shared an eyeball emoji. Chaos ensued, with assistant general manager Mike Zarren saying roughly 20 reporters contacted him to ask whether the team was acquiring a new player. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday.

The journalists who reached out to Zarren were doing their due diligence. In 2017, a player’s social media activity can serve as a harbinger of major trades or free agent signings. Last summer, Thomas tweeted out the same two-eye emoji before the Celtics inked Al Horford to a five-year contract.

Though it’s possible Thomas was sending out a covert signal –– the Celtics also followed Carmelo Anthony on Instagram Monday night, along with Taylor Swift and Nike –– he may have been trolling the media. That appears to be what Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was doing last week when he told reporters he thinks the earth is flat. In today’s hyperactive news cycle, seemingly anything a famous person says is considered news, regardless of how absurd it is. Even though the science definitively says the earth is round, Irving’s comment was perhaps the biggest story during NBA All-Star Weekend.

“I think that there’s just so much, I guess — I don’t know if you can even call it news — there are so many real things going on, actual, like, things that are going on that’s changing the shape, the way of our lives,” Irving said Saturday, via ESPN. “And I think it sometimes gets skewed because of who we are in the basketball world, and, ‘Oh man, what does he actually think? Oh, no, I don’t like hearing … the world is flat, or he thinks the world can’t be round.’

“You know, I know the science, I know everything possible — not everything possible — but the fact that that actually could be real news, that people are actually asking me that — ‘It’s a social phenomenon. What do you think about it? Are you going to try to protect your image?’ I mean, it really doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter. The fact that it’s a conversation? I’m glad that it got people talking like this: ‘Kyrie actually thinks the world is flat.'”

Sure enough, Thomas’ possibly innocuous tweet sparked headlines on countless sports blogs. We content curators are parasites, prepared to cultivate page views from meaningless drivel. It’s part of the feeding frenzy.

This phenomenon is nothing new. People have long been interested in what celebrities say and do. In today’s world, stars are more accessible than ever before. It makes sense for websites to report on nearly every detail of their social media activity. Thomas’ emoji may have meant absolutely nothing, but now, it’s a part of the Celtics trade deadline narrative. It doesn’t matter whether it actually is indicative of a forthcoming trade. He typed it with his thumbs, and that’s good enough.

Next thing you know, we’ll have a president who’s capable of controlling entire news cycles by firing off insane and erratic tweets. Oh, wait…

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Celtics center Fab Melo dead at 26; Jose Fernandez estate sued by families of other boat crash victims 02.13.17 at 8:23 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 BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: San Antonio at Indiana, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Atlanta at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: NY Rangers at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colgate at Bucknell, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Morgan State at Howard, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Texas at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: South Carolina at Connecticut, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Celtics and Syracuse center, Fab Melo, was found dead in his home in Brazil on Saturday.

According to reports, Melo went to bed Friday night and was found Saturday morning by his mother. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

“We don’t know the cause yet. It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day. He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to ESPN. He was referring to Melo’s academic ineligibility during his final season at the school. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid.”

Melo was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year during the two seasons he spent with Syracuse before he was drafted in the first round by the Celtics in 2012. He spent a year with the Celtics before he was traded to the Grizzlies. He then left the NBA in 2014 to play in Brazil.

Current and former Celtics and others around the sports world reacted on social media to Melo’s death.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly to speak at Republican retreat featuring Donald Trump; Celtics to wear GE patches on uniforms next season 01.25.17 at 8:30 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: Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Memphis at Temple, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at UCF, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: St. John’s at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida State at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: URI at Richmond, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boston College at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Iowa at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Nevada at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat in Philadelphia which begins on Wednesday.

Speakers at the retreat include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Before Super Bowl 50, Trump spoke about his admiration for Manning.

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” Trump said. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”

Manning has donated to many Republican campaigns in the past, most of them in Tennessee where he went to college.

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By wearing black, Wizards are paying Celtics highest compliment 01.24.17 at 4:05 pm ET
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In November, Wizards guard John Wall had to be restrained from going after the Celtics, including Marcus Smart. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

In November, Wizards guard John Wall had to be restrained from going after the Celtics, including Marcus Smart. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics scored their biggest victory of the season Tuesday before they even stepped onto the court. The Wizards plan to wear black to their game against the C’s, giving this team an aura of intimidation it has lacked since Kevin Garnett’s prime.

According to the Washington Post, Wizards guard Bradley Beal came up with the idea. Tensions between the two clubs rose following the Celtics’ victory over the Wizards earlier this month, when Jae Crowder and John Wall got into an on-court altercation. The verbal sparring continued as they walked to their respective locker rooms, and police were called to stand guard.

“We’re wearing all black to the game,” Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. said. “So you know where we’re going with that. … We’re wearing all black to the game. It’s a memo that the team is giving away. We’re ready for whatever, man. Round three, let’s get it.”

Isaiah Thomas, who scored 20 points points in the fourth quarter against the Wizards Jan. 11, took the news in stride.

“That’s cute that they’re wearing all black. It’s not a Game 7. It’s not the playoffs,” he said. “I saw the funeral and all black thing last night and I just laughed about it.”

The last time these teams met, Thomas led all scorers with 38 points. Wall, who’s long been considered one of the most talented guards in the league, went 4-for-21 and dropped a season-low nine points in the loss. On Tuesday, Wall said the Wizards were dressing for a “funeral.”

When the Giants dressed in black prior to Super Bowl 42, they were able to back up their wardrobe –– thanks to a dominant pass rush and an all-time great catch by David Tyree. But this stunt from the Wizards seems to channel the 2012 Texans, who wore letterman’s jackets to Gillette Stadium and were promptly blown out by 28 points.

In a lot of respects, it’s even more pathetic than what the Texans did. At the time, Houston was an 11-1 team and wanted to make a statement heading into an important late-season Monday night game in Foxboro. The 24-20 Wizards, meanwhile, are a middling club that’s gearing up for a routine midseason matchup.

Oh, and they’re the home team. That’s right: the Wizards are letting the Celtics get into their heads in their own building. That’s not cute. It’s sad.

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Report: Marc Gasol not interested in joining Lakers 06.29.15 at 9:12 am ET
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According to the LA Times, Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol has “no interest” in joining the Lakers.

The big man has been turned off to the organization after his brother Pau’s tenure in LA ended on poor terms.

“[Pau Gasol] was hurt by the way he was treated,” Magic Johnson said of Pau’s decision to sign with the Bulls. “He could never get over [being misused].”

Gasol, a 2014-15 All-Star, is considered the best all-around center in the league by the majority of scouts and pundits. The seven-footer averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season while shooting .494 from the field.

Gasol is reportedly less interested in leaving Memphis for a big market than his brother and the Grizzlies can offer him the most money of any team. The market for Gasol is said to have thinned to just the Spurs and the Grizzlies. However, the Celtics remain in a position to make a run at him.

Though the Spurs and Grizzlies are the frontrunners to sign Gasol, the Celtics could still make a run at him. After taking three guards with four picks at the draft, Danny Ainge and the rest of the front office will not be sleeping on an all-around big like Gasol. With Kevin Love looking more and more likely to re-sign with Cavaliers and LaMarcus Aldridge seemingly a lock to join the Spurs according to many reports, Gasol may be be the last remaining chance for the Celtics to lock up the star big man they crave.

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 9: Celtics miss out on Kevin Love, draft Marcus Smart, James Young 12.26.14 at 5:14 pm ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 9: Celtics miss out on Kevin Love, draft Marcus Smart and James Young. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Marcus Smart (left) and James Young (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Celtics used their two 2014 first-round draft picks on guards Marcus Smart (left) and James Young. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Throughout the summer of 2014, Celtics fans were teased at the possibility of another superstar power forward landing in Boston, once again via a trade with the Timberwolves.

All-Star power forward Kevin Love was on the market, and after registering a career high in points (26.1) while pulling down 12.5 boards per game during the 2013-14 season, the UCLA product was in high demand for a multitude of teams.

The Celtics seemed to have the resources to net Love, with multiple first-round picks — including the sixth overall selection of the 2014 draft — at their disposal, as well as young tradable assets in power forwards Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.

The “Summer of Love” continued to grow into hysteria as the weeks ticked closer and closer to the draft — held on June 26. Excitement was at a fever pitch for Celtics fans on June 1, as Love was spotted at Fenway Park.

Photos later emerged of Love meeting with C’s captain Rajon Rondo, leading many to believe than the California native was scouting out one of his new potential destinations.

Even other athletes joined in on the news of Love’s appearance at Fenway, with Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sending his own recruiting pitch to the Timberwolves big man via Twitter.

Despite the Celtics‘ interest in Love, other teams soon threw their names into the bidding, with squads such as the Warriors and Bulls linked to the 25-year-old All-Star. Reports of potential deals centered on the Bulls’ Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott, as well as Minnesota’s reported interest in Golden State’s Klay Thompson, quickly dispelling any notion that the Celtics were the lone wolf in terms of negotiations for Love.

While many teams continued to harangue the Timberwolves throughout the summer, no deal was put in place by the time of the draft, leaving the Celtics to make their two first-round selections (sixth and 17th overall).

With the sixth pick, Boston selected Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, who averaged 18 points and 5.8 assists per game during his sophomore campaign with the Cowboys.

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Why Celtics fans should pay close attention Cincy’s Yancey Gates 03.22.12 at 10:43 am ET
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Size, power and quickness. Toughness, fearlessness and the ability to rebound.

All of those are qualities the Celtics could use. It’s a commodity they’ve been desperately seeking since Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O’Neal were lost for the season.

The Celtics won’t be in the lottery this season so scouts like Ryan McDonough will be searching long and hard in the college and amateur ranks for someone who might fall through the cracks and be available in the NBA Draft this June.

Meet Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates.

At 6-9, 260 pounds, he’s certainly powerful. He can rebound, currently ranked ninth all-time on Cincinnati’s all-time rebound list with 911. He is one of only six players in the school’s illustrious history with at least 1,400 points and 900 rebounds.

He’s a senior who’s been through the wars.

Oh yeah, about that last line. Arguably the ugliest moment in Cincinnati’s basketball history came on Dec. 10 at the Cintas Center against the archrival Xavier Musketeers.

With just 9.4 seconds remaining in a 23-point loss, Gates was in the middle of college basketball’s ugliest chapter of the season. He threw a right cross that landed flush on the left eye brow of Xavier big man Kenny Frease. It opened a gash and dropped him to the ground. Frease was then stomped on by Cheikh Mbodj and blood started flowing from above Frease’s eye.

To his credit, he served a six-game suspension handed down by the school and expressed remorse. It was a complete loss of self-control and judgment. But in saying that, he has showed something else in the following three months – competitive fire.

While inconsistent at times, Gates has been the backbone of the interior game for the Bearcats, rebounding and playing defense, as coach Mick Cronin directed the team not to rely on his offense but the other things he brings to the table, like nine rebounds a game in the Big East, still considered the toughest in college basketball.

“Defense and rebounding,” Cronin said Wednesday. “We lost Ibrahima Thomas and Yancy really had to change his basketball personality from an offensive player to an all-around player. He needed to be our defensive anchor this year because we’re small in the other areas. It took him time. When he came back [from suspension] he realized here’s what I have to do to help this team win – I have to be an anchor on defense.

“These guys are scoring, they’re running around, hitting shots, beating their man off the dribble. ‘I have to finish plays around the rim, fit in and give these guys an anchor inside.’ And he’s done that. Maybe I should’ve been using him more in that capacity. So, sometimes as a coach, you stumble on to some things.”

With his presence in the middle, he led the team to road wins over Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Connecticut and home wins over Louisville and Marquette. Then, in the Big East, the Bearcats did it again to Georgetown and sent No. 2 Syracuse packing before their offense was a no-show against Louisville in the Big East championship.

Fast-forward to the tournament, they handled Texas and eliminated No. 10 Florida State, the team that beat North Carolina in the ACC title game.

This is a Bearcats team tournament-tested, and ready to take on Jared Sullinger and the Buckeyes. And the Celtics will be watching Gates very closely. You can count on it.

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The year in Boston sports: Most memorable games of 2011 12.29.11 at 10:03 am ET
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Even though 2011 wasn’€™t the most successful year for all of Boston’€™s teams, it certainly was a memorable one. Playoff rivalries were renewed for the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots, while the Red Sox added another chapter to their legacy of heartbreak.

Picking out the 10 most memorable games of the year was not an easy task. The Bruins easily could have dominated this list, with all of their dramatic playoff victories en route to winning the Stanley Cup. But we’ve attempted to include fair representation from all four of Boston’s major pro sports squads, featuring games that were memorable for the local teams’ success or failure.

10. April 8: Red Sox 9, Yankees 6

The Red Sox’ season started much the way it ended, with a sense of impending doom around the corner. After the Sox started the season 0-6, swept by both Cleveland and Texas, the offense finally clicked when the Yankees paid a visit to Fenway for the home opener. Dustin Pedroia hit his first home run of the season and the Red Sox erupted for 12 hits, giving them — and John Lackey their first win of the season.

9. April 17, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Game 1: Celtics 87, Knicks 85

Ray Allen‘€™s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in the game made sure the Knicks’ return to the playoffs (their first appearance in seven years) was a painful one. The Knicks led for almost the entire game, but the Celtics came up big down the stretch (and yes, a questionable call went their way). “Down the stretch we found a way to win,” Paul Pierce said. “And that was because of our experience.” The Celtics went on to win the series in four straight.

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