Celtics, Bruins Take A Breather, Bob Ryan Takes A Tour

The Celtics and Bruins had the night off last night, and have tonight off as well, a rare two night respite in their respective leagues.

The Celtics are still looking for a backup big man, needing to get their roster finalized before Friday’s playoff eligibility deadline. None of the available names are really intriguing, though Steve Bulpett drops the name of Reggie Evans out there, who would be an absolute perfect fit. I’m not sure why the Clippers would buy him out though.

The Bruins are still trying to figure out the best line combinations, while also seeing if Marty Turco can help them at all.

Plenty of bouncing around – Bob Ryan visited all 21 New England NCAA Division I basketball programs this winter, and files a report from each and every venue.

Who has the sports passion to do this type of piece when Ryan retires? No one.

What will the Patriots accomplishments in free agency mean for them come draft weekend? – Christopher Price examines how New England’s free agent signings could impact their draft plans.

There is no option, Patriots must put the ‘D’ back in their draft – Glen Farley says that the Patriots have no choice but to load up on defense in the draft.

Patriots still have big holes to fill – Like Tony Massarotti yesterday, Bill Burt doesn’t think the Patriots have addressed their needs this offseason.

Patriots fans will have something to cheer for – Jonathan Comey says that getting worked up over football in March is a futile exercise, though the chase for a championship is always worth it.

Rivalry stays the same – Ian Rapoport says that even though Peyton Manning will be in a new uniform, the rivalry with Tom Brady will carry over.

Who’s managing Bobby V? – Gordon Edes has a look at Bobby Valentine’s right-hand man, who keeps him on track and on schedule every day.

Will Valentine’s candor wear on Red Sox? – Sean McAdam notes that “with six media outlets traveling during the regular season and two all-sports radio stations on the lookout for topics to discuss.” Bobby V’s candor could prove problematic.

A retro fit for Matsuzaka – Nick Cafardo has Daisuke Matsuzaka enjoying his time working with Valentine thus far.

For starters, questions remain: An updated look at Red Sox rotation competition – Alex Speier updates us on the competition to round out the rotation.Ron Chimelis assigns power ratings to the candidates.

O’Neal: ‘I never spoke to [Ainge] about a buyout’ – A. Sherrod Blakely talks to Jermaine O’Neal about his time in Boston, and wanting to set the record straight about reports he requested a buyout so he could join the Heat.

Greg Stiemsma goes home – Bulpett has the rookie center talking about returning to his home state for the first time since joining the Celtics.

  • Josh In Hadley

    And UMass came back from 17 to win their NIT game against Drexel and former UMass Coach Bruiser Flint. Their next game is in Madison Square Garden – from what I understand it’s something of a basketball Mecca.

    This is a young team, only one Senior is graduating. There’s no reason why they can’t make the NCAAs next year.

    • alex

      I agree. Coach k is doing some nice things with that program; I hope he sticks around.

      That Bob Ryan article was the best thing I have read in a very long time. Did anyone else try to name all 21 New England DI schools before they read it? I couldn’t do it. I didn’t even know Sacred Heart was DI. I did get Bryant though.