The Dino Radja Experience: Episode 4

The Dino Radja Experience: Episode 4

When they speak of the greatest athletes in Boston sports history, the conversation invariably turns to Dino Radja.

The majestic 6-foot-10 big man dominated the parquet from 1993-97, and in the process left an indelible legacy on the city and it's fans.

The Dino Radja Experience (DRE) is a podcast tribute to his wonder.

Every week on the DRE, host Rich Levine and a roster of rotating guests sit down to discuss all that matters in the Boston sports scene (and a few things that don't matter at all). It's casual, light-hearted, and, best of all, it's free.

So have a listen. Please?

Today's guest: SportsNet Central's Carolyn Manno

David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.