Celtics announce that they have waived Milicic


Celtics announce that they have waived Milicic

BOSTON As alluded to by Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers earlier this week, the C's have waived veteran center Darko Milicic.
The 7-foot center left the team last week to be with his ill mother, which is at the heart of the decision by the Celtics to release him.
Darko has asked us to release him so he could deal with a personal matter, Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in a statement released by the C's. The whole Celtics family wishes Darko and his family well.
Milicic, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, played just five minutes for the Celtics, appearing in just one game.
With his departure, the Celtics now have one roster spot available.
As the C's continue to struggle on the boards, the cry will only grow louder for the Celtics to add another big man to the mix.
The most talked-about player that's immediately available for the Celtics to pursue, is Kenyon Martin.
He is a player that the C's have some interest in, but there's no indication that the Celtics are looking to add him -- or any other big man -- immediately.
"We're going to look around, but I can tell you that we are in no rush," Rivers said on Tuesday.

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 


On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.