|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Celtic Ray Allen shaken by Boston Marathon bombing||04.18.13 at 8:04 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Devils at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Former Celtics guard Ray Allen no longer is in Boston, but the victims of the Boston Marathon were on his mind Wednesday night before his Heat played the Magic in Miami.
“We have a family friend that was there, that ran the marathon, and she’s in intensive care now because she lost her leg,” Allen said. “A good friend of mine, one of the managers of his restaurant, the 29-year-old that was killed was his manager. And his assistant chef, I don’t know if he said he lost both his legs or one, but he got hit pretty hard and he’s dealing with that now.”
Allen said he would have been somewhere close to the bomb scene had he still been in Boston, cheering on family members.
“We would have been sitting at the finish line, me and my whole family, waiting on my mom and my wife. … They would have been running if we were in Boston,” Allen sad. “So that presented some anxiety when I thought about it.”
♦ Rasheed Wallace won’t come back to haunt (or help) the Celtics in the playoffs as a member of the Knicks. The 38-year-old forward announced his retirement Wednesday after his final unsuccessful comeback bid — a brief appearance in Monday’s game against the Bobcats. Wallace, who returned from a two-year retirement to join the Knicks this season, missed most of the year with injuries — most recently a broken foot that required surgery in February.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in a statement. “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be available to play for us during the playoffs. We owe this season’s success to veterans like Rasheed.”
Wallace, who was a member of the 2009-10 Celtics team that lost in Game 7 of the NBA finals, played 21 games for New York.
♦ Last week, Mark Sanchez‘ personal coach, former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, took some shots at Tim Tebow. “Having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction,” Sanchez said. “For Mark, the main competition is going to be David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”
On Wednesday, Tebow’s coach, Steve Clarkson, tried to defend Tebow by claiming he was set up to fail. Clarkson also took a swipe at Sanchez, calling him “fragile-minded.”
“I think [Tebow] was purposefully sent to New York,” Clarkson said on a conference call, ignoring Broncos vice president John Elway‘s explanation that Tebow chose New York over Jacksonville. “From the standpoint: You send him to a situation where you have instability with your coach — you don’t know if he’s coming or going. You have a fragile-minded Mark Sanchez at quarterback. You stick Tim Tebow in there and you kill two birds with one stone. So if you’re Denver, you’ve got to be thinking, ‘We send him to New York, we basically kill an opponent and, at the same time, Tim Tebow doesn’t come back to bite us in the proverbial butt, if you will, because he’s not going to make it out of there.’ ”
Clarkson also said the Jets’ limitations on Tebow guaranteed he would not succeed.
“I think in Tim’s case, they walked him into New York and said, ‘We’ve got four plays for you. You execute these four plays and that’s all you’re going to get,’ ” Clarkson said. “Well, when you walk on the field and that’s all you practice, and you don’t get any meaningful reps and you walk into a game and basically the defense is telling your offensive line basically where the ball is going to go, it’s pretty depressing and it doesn’t give you much room for hope. I would hope whoever, wherever he ends up that they give him an opportunity, and I think if they do, they’ll be pleasantly surprised. I think the guy still can play.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired coach Steve Kasper one week after the season ended with the Bruins failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 1967. Who replaced him?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Notre Dame teammate says Manti Te’o was lying about dead girlfriend||01.17.13 at 8:08 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks vs. Pistons, at London, 3 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Clippers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Duquesne at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Detroit, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at Illinois, 8:15 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon State at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at VCU, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: South Florida at Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at USC, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Providence at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey hasn’t even aired yet, and already it’s been surpassed by a more shocking story from the sports world. The Manti Te’o dead girlfriend hoax was exposed by Deadspin on Wednesday, and despite claims by Notre Dame and Te’o that he was duped, the facts do not make it look good for the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
At least one Notre Dame football player was willing to speak out about the situation, albeit anonymously. Former CSNNE anchor/reporter Jackie Pepper, who now runs her own website, published an interview with a Fighting Irish player who said Te’o was caught in a bad situation that he made worse.
“He lied, but the media blew it up,” the player said.
The player claimed other teammates knew that what Te’o was doing as well, although no one ever confronted him.
“We would never bring it up,” the player said. “But we would look at him when he would get all emotional during media about his girl.”
Asked if he thought Te’o was a good actor, the player said: “Very good.”
♦ Depending upon whom you believe, the USC football team either had a verbal spat or an all-out brawl in the locker room following the Trojans’ 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
The brouhaha started when some freshmen questioned the leadership from the team’s seniors, with at least one player calling out quarterback Matt Barkley for missing the game with a shoulder injury.
“It was one of the worst things I’ve seen in a locker room,” an unidentified player told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Barkley downplayed the incident in an interview with ESPN Radio.
“I would say tempers flared, yeah, but that’s football,” Barkley said. “It’s an emotional game, and when you end your season on a negative note like that, emotions are going to be high. Guys were expressing their opinions, for better or worse, but we had it under control. It was nothing to be alarmed about.”
Said freshman offensive tackle Zach Banner to the Daily News: “It’s going to be a whole new family atmosphere next season, and you can quote me on that. For the seniors, it’s terrible.”
♦ Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, who returned to the NBA this season at the age of 38, is not expected to play again for a while — if at all — due to a stress reaction in his left foot. The 15-year veteran has been out since Dec. 15 and has yet to start running.
“He’ll be back — but when, I don’t know,” coach Mike Woodson said. “We’re gradually trying to get him back where he can run again so he can get back in a uniform. But when, we don’t know when yet.”
Wallace, who last played for the Celtics in 2009-10, is averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds over 14.6 minutes in 20 games.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 17, 1970, future Red Sox standout Fred Lynn was drafted by which MLB team, refusing to sign and instead choosing to play college ball at USC?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fans celebrate benching of Mark Sanchez||12.03.12 at 8:04 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Giants at Redskins, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bucks at Hornets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets put up another offensive stinker Sunday, but they managed to pull out a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals that kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was brutally heckled by Jets fans for his brutal play — even after backup Greg McElroy entered the game late in the third quarter to loud cheers and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass.
“Well, you can definitely tell that the stadium was happy about it,” defensive back Yeremiah Bell said.
“It’s just something that I sensed, that I felt,” coach Rex Ryan said. “When you’re around this game long enough, you get that feeling that: You know what? I’ve seen enough, and it’s time to make that change.”
After the win, Jets players were hesitant to say too much about the QB controversy.
“It definitely energized us a little bit having the crowd behind us, but other than that, it was a coach’s decision,” receiver Stephen Hill said. “I’m here for both quarterbacks so I don’t have anything to say.”
Sanchez acknowledged that, “From the get-go, from the first play, it just wasn’t my day,” and added: “I’m really happy for the team and really happy for Greg. He came in and played his butt off.”
Meanwhile, injured Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had a message for his teammates over the weekend: “Guys just need to shut up.”
Talking to Newsday on Saturday while at a shopping mall in New Jersey where he was promoting his first signature training shoe, Revis said his teammates need to focus on the game instead of making headlines for their big mouths.
“Quit talking crazy to the media, especially involving your teammates,” Revis said. “I think that’s the worst, because when you do that, that’s when it really gets divided. Because you don’t know if you can trust your other teammate.”
After Sunday’s victory, the Jets are 3-6 since Revis suffered an ACL injury in Week 3 and 5-7 overall.
♦ The tragedy in Kansas City got most of the headlines, but there was another sad situation in Cleveland over the weekend in which a member of the Browns ground crew killed himself at the team’s practice facility.
Eric Eucker‘s body was found Saturday morning.
“This is a terrible tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go out to Eric’s family,” the team said in a statement. “Eric was a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding employee. He will be missed by everyone in the Cleveland Browns organization.”
♦ Old friend Rasheed Wallace is up to his old tricks in New York. Wallace, the onetime Celtic who came out of retirement to join the Knicks this fall, played just 85 seconds of Sunday’s game against the Suns at Madison Square Garden. After getting hit with a technical for pushing Luis Scola after fouling him, Wallace broke out his catchphrase “Ball don’t lie” when Goran Dragic missed the technical free throw. That comment earned him his second tech and a quick ejection.
“He’s the only guy in the league that gets a technical for saying ‘Ball don’t lie,’ ” teammate Carmelo Anthony said of Wallace, who has amassed 317 technicals and 30 ejections in his career. “Scola kept playing after the play, and in this league there’s something called continuation. He stopped him and they gave him a tech. It is what it is. ‘Sheed came and apologized to us, and we move on.
“He came in. It was the right thing to do. He came in and he apologized to us for getting kicked out, and you move on.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 3, 1962, the Bruins sent Andre Pronovost to the Red Wings for which undersized but feisty center?
|Bill Walton regrets not punching Rasheed Wallace||08.17.11 at 5:35 pm ET|
NBA legend Bill Walton has a hard time talking without causing interest. The man clears his throat and a room goes quiet. Even for the casual fan, it’s always worth listening.
Walton told an interesting story during an interview for a Grantland story on Arvydas Sabonis regarding the infamous towel-incident with with Rasheed Wallace.
Walton, who was broadcasting the game nationally, still feels remorse over the incident. “It was one of the lowest moments of my life,” he said. “If I was any kind of a man, I would have got up from that broadcast table and walked across the court and punched Rasheed Wallace in the nose. But I let Sabonis and the game of basketball and the human race down that day.”
The human race somehow survived.
|Rasheed Wallace wants to return to Celtics||01.11.11 at 11:46 am ET|
Stephen A. Smith appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday and reported that Rasheed Wallace told him that he wants to rejoin the Celtics. Smith told Patrick that Wallace would like to come out of retirement for another chance at an NBA title, specifically against the Lakers.
Wallace averaged 9.0 points with the Celtics in a disappointing 2009-10 regular season, but the 15-year veteran was a significant contributor in the postseason, including an 11-point, eight-rebound effort against the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
However, WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery notes that a return by Wallace is improbable.
|Report: Expanded NBA technical rules have complainers in a pickle||09.24.10 at 12:35 pm ET|
Perhaps it’s for the best that Rasheed Wallace has retired.
According to an ESPN report, the league expanded the guideline on calling technical fouls during the referees’ annual meeting in Jersey City, N.J., on Thursday, making “overt” player reactions reason for a ‘T.’ As if Wallace, the all-time NBA leader in technical fouls, needed any help in that department. According to new guidelines, a player may receive a technical foul for:
– Running directly at the ref to complain.
– Questioning a call excessively, even if in a calm manner.
– Making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, on the court.
– Using demonstrative disagreement, such as hitting his own arms to demonstrate how he was fouled.
Though similar crackdowns have been discussed in years prior, most notably 2005-06, league officials expect enforcement to increase and the rules to stick this time around. “Heat of the moment” reactions are tolerable, as are discussions with referees, but the intensity levels of these actions will be under increased scrutiny.
Maybe every foul called on LeBron James won’t be the first any more.
|Lights, Camera, Press Conference!||07.09.09 at 9:38 am ET|
Greg Cameron gave Boston a technical introduction to Wallace on Monday, but there’s no doubt all eyes will be watching this afternoon as the big man is formally introduced.
Press conferences have always been something of a spectacle, but Boston has seen its fair share of introductions that put others to shame. Bill Parcells warranted the governor’s attention back in 1993, and remember the time the Sox brought that Matsuzaka guy over from Japan?
Very few thought John Smoltz would ever be introduced to a city outside of Georgia, so seeing the Braves legend in a Sox cap in January was a headline-grabber to say the least.
But enough about the Pats and Red Sox, this day is about the Celtics, who have had plenty of big-time introductions of their own. Before getting to the one that brought banner 17 to Boston, who could forget Rick Pitino? With fresh, new banners made up for the FleetCenter hanging behind him, the local hero was all but sworn in as Mayor of Boston. Dan Shaughnessy used up an entire column back in ’97 listing all of the things Pitino already knew about the town when he came here. By the time he left, he probably knew a few more things, including which retired players aren’t walking through a certain door.
The biggest non-international press conference in recent memory has to be the one that followed the Kevin Garnett acquisition. What made it so incredible was the way the Celtics went about it by re-introducing Paul Pierce and Ray Allen along with him. They weren’t pushing KG on Boston, they were pushing an idea, and one that the entire city believed in once they saw the new Big Three, Boston Three Party, or whatever else they wanted to be called.
The promotion of that idea continues as Wallace enters the fold. On Sunday Mike Mutnansky rightfully joked that the Celtics are borderline elderly these days, but thanks to what these three guys have done, nobody seems to care. Is there anybody left that still damns Ainge for giving up on Al Jefferson? Is anybody totally up in arms about letting Leon Powe go? The Celtics have placed an incredible emphasis on experience these last couple of years, and it’s led to fantastic results. And for those who do feel that old age will bite the Green in the you-know-what this season, Wallace at the very least can serve as tremendous insurance in case KG goes down again.
Whether it’s the delayed signing of J.D. Drew, or the poor translating at the Matsuzaka introduction, Boston has never shied away from a good ol’ press conference. Even when the Sox brought on a former enemy in David Wells, there were smiles across New England, and the affinity for introductions doesn’t end there.
Tell me you weren’t watching, fists-clenched each time as the Yankees introduced Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Mark Teixeira, and I’ll kindly tell you to get your morning links and videos elsewhere. Likewise, the folks in New York couldn’t have exactly been thrilled when Curt Schilling dropped his famous quote after hitchhiking from Arizona.
There may be no politicians or Japanese media surrounding Wallace as he holds up his green No. 30 jersey today, but one thing is for sure: you, along with the rest of New England and NBA fans, will be watching.
|LEEInks Gets Technical Introduction to ‘Sheed||07.06.09 at 11:39 am ET|
Good morning New England!
Today, we’re going to take a look at the ever-colorful career of the newest Celtic, Rasheed Wallace. As WEEI.com’s Jeff Goodman reported, the 34-year-old forward/center agreed to a two-year deal worth the mid-level exception, in the neighborhood of 5.6-5.8 million dollars.
Let’s kick things off at the chronological beginning of the high profile career of Rasheed Wallace. Wallace was a standout player for Simon Gratz High School. ‘Sheed even played in the 1993 McDonald’s All-America Game.
Within the pages of the score book, Wallace’s meager nine points don’t exactly stand out against future UNC teammate Jerry Stackhouse’s 27 points. However, ‘Sheed made his presence felt by being the only player in the 30-year histroy of the game to be T’d up and tossed.
Technical fouls are nothing to new to Wallace, as he has garnered quite a few of them throughout his career. Some have come in key playoff games, some, like last year’s 19, happen during the regular season.
In fact, Wallace averages close to 22 technicals a season! It appears that Kendrick Perkins (sixth in the league with a dozen) has some major catching up to do.
Rasheed Wallace, however, may be known for one of the most infamous NBA arrests in recent memory as he and Trailblazers teammate Damon Stoudamire were booked on marijuana possession charges in late 2002. The arrest helped spawn one of the most infamous NBA squads of all-time in the Portland “Jailblazers.”
Wallace is also one of the most loquacious players in the league. Whether he’s doing his best Joe Namath impression during the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, talking about how both teams played that night, or how ex-teammate Ben Wallace was to recieve NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors, it isn’t difficult to get his opinion on things.
However, if you’re Oregonian scribe John Canzano, you know all too well about the temper of Rasheed Wallace. Scroll down about a quarter of the way down for Canzano’s ‘Sheed anecdote involving a very unfriendly Wallace.
And finally, now with the Celtics addition of Wallace, one can only hope that the C’s will pull off some Christmas carols, much like a few Pistons did last year. Needless to say, James Lord Pierpont’s original version of this song has undertaken a little bit of a facelift, thanks to ‘Sheed.
With all of that said–Welcome to Boston (and LEEInks), Rasheed Wallace!
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