College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘celtics’
Mavericks PG Rajon Rondo to miss at least 3 games following facial injury 02.02.15 at 1:17 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Mavericks PG Rajon Rondo to miss at least 3 games following facial injury

Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will miss at least three games after suffering a nasal fracture and an orbital fracture in his left eye in Dallas’ Saturday night game against the Magic.

Less than two minutes into the game, Rondo was accidentally kneed by teammate Richard Jefferson.

“Hopefully, he has a quick and speedy recovery,” Jefferson said. “Luckily we have the All-Star break not far away, so hopefully that will give him some more time to get right. He’s a tough guy.”

Rondo was traded by the Celtics on Dec. 19 after months of tension in Boston. Since arriving in Dallas following the trade, Rondo has missed only one game.

Rondo will miss games against Minnesota, Golden State and Sacramento, and will be tested over the next few days to determine if he will need to miss more time.

It is unclear who will replace Rondo in his absence. The top options appear to be Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton.

“We’ve just got to make it work with the guys that we have available in these situations, and we will,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “This is part of the challenge of an NBA season.”

Read More: celtics, Dallas Mavericks, rajon rondo,
Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics earn spots in Forbes’ 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014 07.17.14 at 3:29 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics earn spots in Forbes’ 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014

Three Boston-area teams have found their way on Forbes’€™ annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014.

The Patriots and Red Sox established themselves near the top of the list, as the Patriots ranked eighth ($1.8 billion) while the Red Sox were listed at 11th ($1.5 billion). The Celtics ranked 45th at $875 million.

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team, trailing the Cowboys ($2.3 billion), while the Red Sox are rank third amongst MLB franchises behind the Yankees ($2.5 billion) and Dodgers ($2 billion).

While North American teams constitute a majority of the list, European soccer reigns at the top, as Real Madrid ($3.44 billion), FC Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion) hold the top three spots on the ranking. This is the second straight year in which Real Madrid, which boasts players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, has earned the title as most valuable sports team.

Forbes, which has ranked sports teams since 1998, reported that the average value of a team in the ranking was $1.34 billion — an 8 percent increase from last year. Thirty-eight of the 50 teams are valued at at least $1 billion, while only 33 were valued at the same rate last year.

While there were no sports teams valued at $2 billion three years ago, there are now six teams at or above that value this year.

The Yankees are the most valuable non-soccer team in the world, ranking fourth on the list. The team’€™s value should only continue to increase going forward, as programming rights fees for Yankees broadcasts are expected to jump from $105 million to $350 million a year by 2042.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: celtics, Forbes, patriots, red sox
LEEInks List: Celtics legends who ended their careers outside of Boston 07.19.13 at 7:27 am ET
By   |  1 Comment

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were introduced as Nets on Thursday afternoon, but they will always be remembered as Celtics in Boston. Pierce and Garnett will not be the first Celtics stars to finish their careers in another city, as several of the players who wore numbers that now hang in the rafters at TD Garden ended their careers outside of New England. Here is a look at the six Celtics legends who ended their careers elsewhere.

Ed Macauley (No. 22 jersey retired in 1963)

Macauley was one of the most dominant big men in the league during his six seasons with the Celtics, averaging 18.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. However, Red Auerbach was keen on obtaining University of San Francisco center Bill Russell in the 1956 draft, and Macauley was eager to return to his hometown of St. Louis, so the Celtics dealt the high-scoring but undersized Macauley along with Cliff Hagan to the St. Louis Hawks for Russell, the No. 2 pick.

Macauley went on to average 15.3 points and 6.4 rebounds with the Hawks over his next two seasons, helping St. Louis win the 1958 NBA championship. However, Macauley declined rapidly in the 1958-59 season and only played 14 games before retiring three years after he was dealt. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 at the age of 32 — still ranking as the youngest man ever to be inducted.

Russell, on the other hand, went on to win 11 NBA championships and five MVP awards with the Celtics.

Bob Cousy (No. 14 jersey retired in 1963)

Cousy, who first won over New England fans by helping Holy Cross win the 1947 NCAA title and earning three All-America nods, spent 13 seasons at point guard for the Celtics after he fell to them in the dispersal draft in 1950. The “Houdini of the Hardwood” averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 assists while helping the C’s to six NBA championships. Cousy, who was named NBA MVP in 1957, retired in 1963 at 34 years old, leaving the game still among the best players in the league.

After six seasons coaching Boston College, Cousy was hired to coach the Cincinnati Royals — a job he admitted he took because the team offered him “an offer I couldn’t refuse” — and he was coaxed into making a brief comeback as a player toward the end of the 1969-70 season in a publicity stunt (the Celtics received forward Bill Dinwiddle in exchange for releasing Cousy’s rights). While the ploy worked in terms of a 77 jump in ticket sales, Cousy’s performance was forgettable. He accumulated a total of five points and 10 assists in 34 minutes over seven games.

Cousy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Jo Jo White (No. 10 jersey retired in 1982)

White, drafted ninth overall in 1969 out of Kansas, spent 9½ seasons in Boston’€™s backcourt, averaging 18.3 points, 5.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He helped the Celtics to two NBA championships: 1974 and 1976, when he played 60 minutes in the legendary triple-overtime Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Suns and was named series MVP. When the seven-time All-Star’s game began to decline and the Celtics were among the worst teams in the league, Boston dealt him to the Warriors on Jan. 30, 1979, in exchange for future considerations, which turned out to be the ninth overall pick in 1979.

White spent 1½ seasons with the Warriors before being sold to the Knicks for his final season in 1980-81. White averaged 9.4 points and 3.0 assists per game in his final two NBA seasons.

The Celtics did not hold on to that ninth overall pick. On Feb. 12, 1979, Boston dealt the No. 3, 9 and 21 picks to the Knicks for Bob McAdoo, who only played 20 games with the Celtics before being swung to the Pistons for two first-round picks in 1980, which turned out to be the No. 1 and 13 selections. However, the C’s weren’€™t done there, as they traded those two first-round picks to the Warriors to acquire Robert Parish and the No. 3 pick of that draft, which they used on Kevin McHale. That duo helped the Celtics to NBA championships in 1981, ’84 and ’86, and both are enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bob Cousy, Cedric Maxwell, celtics, David Cowens
Live Chat: Question and answer with WEEI program director Jason Wolfe 07.27.12 at 8:18 am ET
By   |  1 Comment

Jason Wolfe, the program director for WEEI, will be conducting the first of what will be a weekly live chat, answering questions on a wide variety of topics. Come join the conversation, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Friday:

Jason Wolfe Chat

Read More: bruins, celtics, Jason Wolfe, patriots
Delonte West applies for job at Home Depot 08.17.11 at 1:16 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Delonte West applies for job at Home Depot

The NBA has made little progress in lifting its lockout, which has forced many players to seek alternative money-making methods in the offseason. While a cast of stars seem poised to play overseas, Celtics guard Delonte West is apparently looking for work on a local scale.

“It’s official. Pride 2 the side,” West tweeted. “Just filled out [an] application at Home Depot. Lockout aint a game.”

West had attempted to explore opportunities abroad earlier this month, but a judge apparently ruled that he could not play overseas because of his two years of unsupervised probation for weapons charges in July of 2010.

Read More: celtics, Delonte West, NBA Lockout, Rumor Mill
LEEInks List: Boston athletes who have fallen from grace 07.08.11 at 7:50 am ET
By   |  6 Comments

Remember when Roger Clemens was on top of the Boston sports world? With the Rocket’s perjury case in progress, those days have never felt further away. Whether it’s because of contract disputes, trouble with the law, or locker room drama, plenty of former Beantown sports heroes have fallen out of favor over the past few years. We’ve got 10 that take the cake.

10. Nomar Garciaparra

If you were a Red Sox fan from 1997 to 2004, chances are you had at least one article of clothing with the number five on it. After winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1997, Nomar quickly became the undisputed face of Fenway Park. With two batting titles and five All-Star selections, he was grouped with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as the three most exciting short stops in the league. Garciaparra seemed destined to play out his career in Boston, and perhaps help the Red Sox finally break the curse of the Bambino.

However, when TV cameras caught him sulking in the dugout while sitting out of a 2004 classic against the Yankees (when Jeter dove headfirst into the stands), Red Sox fans did not react well. That incident, combined with general manager Theo Epstein‘s desire for improved defense, led to the shocking trade. Garciaparra had to look on from Chicago as the Red Sox won it all without him with the help of Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. Still, Nomar can expect a much better reception in Boston than most of the athletes on this list, especially because a one-day contract allowed him to retire as a member of the Red Sox.

9. Joe Thornton

Thornton entered the NHL with Boston in 1997 and led the team in scoring for several years, but it was never enough to get the Bruins to the next level. The center faltered under intense scrutiny, especially in the postseason and during his time as captain. After being traded to the Sharks in 2005 for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, Thornton won the Hart Trophy, making him the only player ever to be named MVP in the same season he was traded.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: bruins, celtics, leeinks list, patriots
No suspension for Amar’e Stoudemire 12.13.10 at 5:28 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on No suspension for Amar’e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire is in the midst of one of the best stretches of basketball in his career. He has scored more than 30 points in each of the last eight games, all wins for his Knicks. But in the Knicks win over the Nuggets Sunday, Stoudemire got into it with Nene, and there was talk of a possible suspension. Not so, says CBSSports Ken Berger whose sources tell him Stoudemire won’t be suspended.

The Knicks play the Celtics Wednesday in a highly-anticipated matchup.

Read More: Amar'e Stoudemire, celtics, Knicks, Nene
Leeinks list: Shaq’s best commercials 08.09.10 at 7:07 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Leeinks list: Shaq’s best commercials

As many people know, new Celtics center Shaquille O’€™Neal makes a living out of making a character out of himself. In the past few years, he’€™s toned it down considerably, but in his heyday Shaq was everywhere. Not only was Shaq featured in several feature films, including “Blue Chips,” “Kazaam” and “Steel” (he also made an appearance in “He Got Game” with his now-Celtics teammate Ray Allen), but he made his way into homes every night through his many, many endorsements. From milk to soda to candy to cable, Shaq was ‘€” and still is ‘€” the NBA’€™s king of sales.

Through the power of online video, let’€™s look back on some of Shaq’€™s best commercials, with our minds set on seeing Shaq represent the Green on more ads in the future.

Pepsi ‘€” Playground Bully, 1993

Synopsis: Shaq, looking a bit like Gary Payton, literally breaks into a neighborhood basketball court, bends a rim down to dunk (seeing the opposite is a lot more fun) and proceeds to storm over to the cooler for a much deserved beverage. When there is no soda left in the cooler, he casually walks over to a small kid, who flat out denies him the Pepsi.

Best Moment: 0:16 ‘€” Romantic music starts to play as Shaq lays eyes on the child, giving the totally wrong impression.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: celtics, commercials, Shaquille O'Neal,
Rumor: Cavs offering Barnes the most money 07.19.10 at 3:05 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Rumor: Cavs offering Barnes the most money

Since LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have signed with the Heat, the free agent market has seriously subsided. Now one of the biggest players available is Magic G/F Matt Barnes.

The Celtics have previously shown interest in the 6-foot-7 30-year-old, but over he past few days Barnes has played his cards close to the chest on many different teams.

NBA insider Alex Kennedy has tweeted that the Cavs have offered Barnes the most amount of money out of all the interested teams, but Barnes may take less money to play with a contender.

In his seven-year career, Barnes has averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Barnes has said on his Twitter that he would reveal his decision for next season last Friday, but when more teams “jumped [into] the game,” Barnes decided to wait a few more days.

Read More: Cavaliers, celtics, Matt Barnes, NBA Rumor Mill
Report: Brewer passed on C’s 07.16.10 at 3:07 pm ET
By   |  1 Comment

According to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, free agent shooting guard Ronnie Brewer turned down an offer from the Celtics so he would have the opportunity to start in Chicago. Brewer took a three-year, $12.5 million deal with the Bulls.

“I got an opportunity to start (in Chicago). Both (Chicago and Boston) are storied programs,” Brewer told Spears. It came down to where I could excel more.”

The 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Brewer spent his first four-plus years with the Jazz before being sent to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline last season. He has averaged 10.3 points and 1.8 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game over his five-year career.

Read More: celtics, Ronnie Brewer, Rumor Mill,