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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett tells LeBron James to ‘worry about Miami’ after Ray Allen comments 10.18.13 at 8:22 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8:37 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Lakers vs. Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Pacers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Central Florida at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

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LeBron James

LeBron James

• An NBA preseason game in Brooklyn took on increased significance Thursday after LeBron James took a shot at Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers for accepting trades from Boston after they iced out Ray Allen for leaving the Celtics as a free agent a year earlier.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ ” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

After the Nets dismissed the Heat, 86-62, Garnett and Pierce dismissed James’ comments.

“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” Garnett said.

Pierce maintained that the situations were different.

“I left Boston?” Pierce asked.

Adrian Peterson rejoined the Vikings on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice so he could attend the funeral for the 2-year-old son he never knew.

“It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” Peterson said before Thursday’s practice. “A child was buried. That’s difficult for anyone.”

Peterson attended a private service for Tyrese Robert Ruffin in Sioux Falls, S.D., about two months after first learning the child was his. He first met the boy while the youngster was in critical condition last week, after allegedly being beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.

“I was planning on seeing him. I had a talk with his mom and we got some things together as far as financially helping her,” Peterson said. ‘”Unfortunately, this situation took place. It’s devastating.”

Added Peterson: “A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I’m in and see it the way I’m seeing the situation. It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that and got a good supporting cast around me that’s been supporting me through this tough time.”

Chane Behanan, who helped Louisville win the NCAA basketball championship in April, was suspended by the team, and coach Rick Pitino was candid in talking about the forward’s inability to abide by team rules.

“I got together with [athletic director Tom Jurich] a few days ago. We both agreed that Chane should put basketball aside,” Pitino said. “Chane wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s nothing of a violent nature. It’s just very difficult for Chane to follow rules. We don’t have a lot of rules, but the ones we do have, he needs to follow.”

Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season, and he was named to the all-tournament team after recording 15 points and 12 rebounds in Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan in the national title game.

Pitino said Behanan might be able to return in December, if he can turn things around.

“He just has a difficult time understanding life’s values and the significance of life’s values,” Pitino said. “We’re going to try to help him along. … We want to see him prosper as a person as much as he’s been prospering as a basketball player. We’re going to move forward without him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 18, 1994, the Red Sox named Kevin Kennedy as manager. Whom did he succeed?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NBA considers nickname jerseys 09.24.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB)
NHL preseason: Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Canucks at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

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• The NBA is considering putting nicknames on the backs of players’ jerseys for select games, and it’s getting mixed reviews.

Some Heat players were told the league might have them wear the special jerseys in a game against the Nets this season, and they were asked for nickname suggestions, The Associated Press reported.

Ray Allen, who selected “Shuttlesworth” in tribute to the character he played in the movie “He Got Game,” voiced his support for the move.

“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” the former Celtic said. “And we’re still kids, playing a kids’ game. Even though we’re now men playing a kids’ game, we still remember where we come from. Everybody had a nickname, and it’s a way to let the fans in a little bit more.”

Added Allen: “Fans will like it, and so will a lot of the players. Guys will get a good kick out of it.”

Not all players agreed, however. Suns guard Kendall Marshall tweeted his displeasure.

 

• Injured Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones is recovering after an incident on a party bus early Monday morning, when a stripper hit him head in the head with a champagne bottle.

Jones, who has been out since the season opener with a knee injury, was celebrating teammate Bryant McKinnie‘s birthday when the incident happened, and it was followed by a fight, according to TMZ. Jones refused medical treatment despite reportedly bleeding from the head.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the altercation and said he talked to Jones and the rest of the team about it.

“It’s not something we want to be known for,” Harbaugh said, adding: “It’s nothing to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”

• Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench to join the brawl between his team and the Sabres on Sunday night. The suspension, which includes the rest of the preseason and is without pay, was automatic based on the game misconduct penalty Clarkson received.

Clarkson, who signed a seven-year, $36.75 million contract in the offseason, will forfeit $269,230.

Leafs forward Phil Kessel is likely to be disciplined for repeatedly swinging his stick at Sabres defenseman John Scott, who tried to engage the much-smaller Kessel in a fight in retaliation for a mismatched fight moments earlier. Kessel received a match penalty.

The NHL also announced a five-game suspension for Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who broke the jaw of Oilers forward Sam Gagner with a hit Saturday. Gagner lost several teeth when the two collided along the boards during the game and Kassian’s stick struck Gagner’s face.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Brian Shaw to coach Nuggets 06.25.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brian Shaw is the new coach of the Nuggets. (AP)

Brian Shaw is the new coach of the Nuggets. (AP)

♦ Cross one name off the list of potential Celtics coaches: Brian Shaw is slated to be introduced Tuesday as the new coach of the Nuggets.

Shaw, a 1988 first-round draft pick of the Celtics who played 2 1/2 seasons in Boston and for eight teams in 14 seasons, has been an NBA assistant for the last decade. He assisted Phil Jackson with the Lakers for six years but was passed over for the lead job when Jackson retired in 2011. Shaw, 47, spent the last two seasons as Frank Vogel‘s top assistant for the Pacers.

“I feel like I’ve waited and paid my dues,” Shaw told The Denver Post.

“So great to see Brian Shaw rewarded with this long-overdue opportunity,” Vogel texted The Associated Press. “Congrats to Brian and the Nuggets. Denver just got one of the best head coaches this league will see for years to come.”

In Denver, Shaw replaces George Karl, who led the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 games this past season but was not retained after the team’s first-round playoff exit.

“I look at the positive things that they did, the things they did well under George Karl, and try to continue to build on those,” Shaw told ESPN. “And in some of the areas where they could use improvement, try to improve in those areas. I want to put my own spin on things, push the right buttons and find the right combinations.”

♦ The Heat are in celebration mode after winning their second straight NBA championship, but they’re already working to keep together their lineup for an attempt at a three-peat. Ray Allen can opt out of the second year of his two-year contact and enter free agency for the second straight year.

Allen, who joined the Heat after five seasons in Boston, isn’t saying much, but his teammates have made it clear what they think.

“He’s coming back,” Chris Bosh said. “There’s really nothing else to think about. We respect each other’s space, but there’s only one decision to make. So, it’s easy.”

Allen, 37, hit the game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation of Game 6 to force overtime and save the Heat from being eliminated.

“I have to say that was the greatest shot I ever hit in my career,” he said.

♦ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced Monday that he has been pronounced cancer-free after jaw surgery and won’t need chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

“From what I’ve been told, everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back,” Kelly said at his football camp in Buffalo.

Kelly said he learned of his prognosis last Wednesday, less than two weeks after he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth in that area removed in surgery. He’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 25, 1997, the NBA draft was held in Charlotte. Despite having the league’s worst record, the Celtics did not win the lottery and missed out on the chance to select Tim Duncan with the No. 1 pick. However, they did have two high picks: No. 3 and No. 6. Which players did they select?

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LeBron James one of trio fined for flopping in Heat-Pacers Game 4 05.30.13 at 10:05 am ET
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Heat star LeBron James was one of three players fined for flopping during Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, the league announced Thursday morning.

James threw himself to the ground in an attempt to draw a foul on Pacers forward David West, who was establishing position on the post. West was fined for his actions on the same play, as he flung his body around after making contact with James. Here’s the video of the double flop from James and West.

James faced questions for his embellishing during the Heat’s second-round series victory over the Bulls, but he insisted, “I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.” However, he acknowledged this week that embellishing can be a positive. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it,” he told ESPN.

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson also was fined $5,000 for a Game 4 acting job, as he played up an elbow by Ray Allen (video here).

Game 5 of the series, tied at 2-2, is Thursday night in Miami.

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Ray Allen breaks record for most career playoff 3-pointers 04.26.13 at 10:10 am ET
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Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller's record for most career playoff 3-pointers on Thursday with his 321st. (AP)

Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller‘s record for most career playoff 3-pointers on Thursday, knocking down the 321st of his career in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 victory over the Bucks.

Allen tied the record in the second quarter of Thursday’s game. Then, with 8:37 left in the fourth, he took a pass from Norris Cole and made the shot from near the baseline on the right side to move ahead of Miller’s mark.

Allen already is the all-time record holder for 3-pointers made in a career and owned the record for the most in a single season (269 in 2005-06) until Stephen Curry broke it last week.

Thursday’s game was the 131st of Allen’s postseason career, so it took him 13 games fewer than Miller’s 144 to reach that mark. He made five of his eight shots from beyond the arc on Thursday as the Heat won, 104-91, to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Celtic Ray Allen shaken by Boston Marathon bombing 04.18.13 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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:

Ray Allen is in Miami now, but his thoughts were with Boston following the Marathon bombing. (AP)

♦ 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?

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Heat guard Ray Allen says retirement could be a consideration after this season 01.24.13 at 10:09 am ET
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Ray Allen pushed the Celtics aside to sign with the Heat in the offseason. (AP)

Ray Allen has acknowledged that there is a possibility that this could be his final NBA season.

Allen is in the first year of a three-year deal with the Heat after leaving the Celtics. Even at the age of 37 he is proving why he is commonly viewed as the greatest shooter in league history.

Allen’s 43.2 percent shooting from 3-point range ranks him seventh in the league. Though he is having a productive season off the bench for the defending NBA champions, Allen said he is not really sure when he’ll call it quits.

“I don’t know when I’ll retire. I’d like to get through the year first. I feel great; my body feels good. I’ve just got to get through,” Allen said.

A 10-time All-Star, he is being paid $3.09 million this season. He has a player option for next season at $3.2 million, but he acknowledged there’s a chance he’d be willing to walk away at the end of the season.

“It’s possible, yeah,” Allen said. “Who knows what’s going to happen over the course of the summer? I have two years left on my contract. We’ll see how it goes.”

The former UConn star began his NBA career in 1996 with the Bucks and spent six years in Milwaukee before heading to Seattle to play for the SuperSonics.

“I’m at a point where I’ve been pretty successful and I’ve gotten to the point where I really understand the game and how to play it,” he said. “But I’m not going to be that guy who just hangs on. At some point, I can let it go.”

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 5: Celtics burned by Heat in Eastern Conference finals 12.29.12 at 7:55 pm ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 5: the Celtics’ loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical

The Celtics put forth a valiant effort but were not able to knock off LeBron James and the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP)

The Celtics were one victory away from advancing to the NBA finals. But what stood in the way, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, turned out to be more than the Big Three and the rest of the Celtics could handle.

A 101-88 defeat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals put an abrupt end to a playoff run that looked like it had legs after a comeback season from the Celtics, who were under .500 at the All-Star break of a lockout-shortened season.

The C’s battled injury issues all season. Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox had season-ending heart ailments. Jermaine O’Neal had his season end early, and Avery Bradley missed the Heat series. Even as the playoffs began, a sprained MCL slowed down Paul Pierce and bone spurs kept Ray Allen off the floor.

After finishing first in the Atlantic Division at 39-27, the Celtics took down the Hawks in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They went on to get by the 76ers in a seven-game series and line things up for a big series with the Heat.

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 7: Ray Allen leaves Celtics for South Beach 12.27.12 at 6:42 pm ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from the Celtics.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination

Ray Allen pushed the Celtics aside to sign with the Heat as a free agent in the offseason. (AP)

Heat owner Micky Arison first published the news of Ray Allen’s departure from the Celtics on Twitter, signaling the official end of the Big Three era in Boston.

Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news.Welcome to the family #20!!

— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 7, 2012

Allen made the choice to head south to Miami for around half the annual salary the Celtics were offering. In Miami, Allen would have the chance to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while making a fresh start with a new team. Allen signed a three-year, $9.7 million deal in July.

Reports that Allen was unhappy in Boston began to surface. There was an apparent rift between Allen and mercurial point guard Rajon Rondo, and Allen was said to be unhappy with a lack of respect from management. A Yahoo! Sports report quoted a source as saying: “He felt he was getting respect [from the Heat] that he hadn’t gotten from [Celtics president] Danny [Ainge] and [coach] Doc [Rivers] anymore. … The [Heat] presentation was incredible.”

Ainge had placed Allen on the trading block in February in hopes that the C’s could get a younger player. And a deal with the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo apparently was so close to being done that Rivers contacted Allen to let him know. That didn’t sit well with Allen.

Then Rivers inserted Avery Bradley, favoring his defensive tact over Allen’s 3-point shooting ability, into the starting lineup. Allen only started in the Eastern Conference finals because Bradley was out with a shoulder injury.

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Report: Heat interested in John Lucas III 07.09.12 at 11:21 am ET
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John Lucas III

After agreeing to terms with Ray Allen late last week, the Heat have three open roster spots remaining.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Miami is looking to fill one of those with Bulls free agent point guard John Lucas III.

Last season was the best of Lucas’ career, as he averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games with the Bulls, including a 24-point performance against the Heat in March.

The 29-year-old might not return to the Bulls since the team reportedly has a deal in place with free agent Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. He told the Chicago Sun Times there are eight teams interested in him.

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