KG did his job: He got under 'Melo's skin


KG did his job: He got under 'Melo's skin

WALTHAM Coming off one of their biggest victories of the season, the attention still remains on what happened after the Boston Celtics' win at New York.

The league is investigating the postgame incidents involving Carmelo Anthony and Boston's Kevin Garnett that involved Anthony reportedly going towards the C's locker room immediately after the game and, later, waiting for Garnett by the C's team bus.

While it remains unclear as to what Anthony was hoping to accomplish, it's clear that Garnett achieved what he tends to do to a lot of players - get their focus out of whack.

Anthony had a horrible game (20 points on 6-for-26 shooting) and his postgame antics were just as bad.

No one knows for sure what, if anything, Garnett said or did to trigger such anger from Anthony.

Known for his bark, Garnett showed that defensively at least, he still has some bite left in him.

"He's a good player; a good defensive player," coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett. "He's not going to back down. He's not going to go anywhere. And opposing players know it and it bothers them. Kevin's Kevin.

Rivers added, "You watch that tape and Kevin did nothing wrong throughout the game. He just played hard; he was defiant. He was stubborn on defense, wouldn't give you anything easy. That's how you're supposed to play defense. Sometimes it bothers people."

It certainly did Anthony, whose actions on Monday night will surely be a significant blow -- at least in the short term -- to his league MVP chances.

One theory is that Garnett who is a legendary trash talker, said something that irked Anthony to respond the way he did.

"Everybody talks," Rivers said. "I think that talking stuff is so overblown. Talking is so overblown to me. Talking's been going on since before I even started playing. Larry Bird was one of the best, biggest trash talkers in the league."

As a former player, Rivers knows all too well how tempers can flare in tightly contested game that involve teams that have been rivals for decades.

The players may change, but the deep-rooted dislike for one another's franchises remains as strong as ever.

Just a few years ago, Paul Pierce and then-Knicks wing man Quentin Richardson had their issues every time the two faced one another.

"It's becoming a rivalry," Pierce said. "A lot of heated exchanges over the years between the Knicks and us. It's just something about teams fighting for the division."

Said Rivers: "It is an emotional game, but you need to leave it on the floor. I think we all would agree with that. And we'll leave it there."

Felger: Bottom's always up with Bruins


Felger: Bottom's always up with Bruins

Peter Chiarelli may be long gone from Causeway Street, but his spirit lives on. 

If someone can explain to me the Bruins' fascination with bottom-of-the-roster veterans with average talent, then I'd love to hear it. I used to think it was the problem of Chiarelli, the B's former general manager. But now I have to wonder if it's just in the water down there. And current GM Don Sweeney is chugging it.

I have no other explanation for the team's decision to sign defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year (four!) extension worth $10 million yesterday. Miller is a nice role piece. But how that translates to four guaranteed years when he will turn 29 early next season and the Bruins have massive holes throughout their roster is beyond me. 

What's more, the B's already have nearly the identical player in Adam McQuaid, who is roughly the same age, same size, same shot (right), same injury history (poor) and plays the same role (bottom pairing, right side). McQuaid is a little less skilled than Miller, so of course, using Bruins logic, he makes a little more ($2.75 million). But McQuaid also got four years when he re-signed prior to last season.

Certainly, contracts worth $2-3 million annually aren't going to ruin your cap in a vacuum. But start adding them up you see how the Bruins got into trouble in the first place. Combine McQuaid and Miller's hits and you have $5.25 million of valuable space chewed up against the cap. Basically, that's the price of a solid, top-4 defenseman, which the Bruins need ten times more than a depth piece.

Scary. The Bruins currently don't have a No. 1 or a No. 2 defensemen. (Sorry, Bruins writers, Zdeno Chara belongs on a second pairing right now.) Yet they have decided to lock themselves up with a pair of No. 6 guys who basically duplicate each other. Again, why do the B's continue to overpay the bottom of the depth chart when the top is so lousy?

It's one thing for Chiarelli to overcommit to the likes of Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Dan Paille, Greg Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg, etc. Those guys at least helped you win a Cup and get to another final. From an emotional standpoint, you can explain those mistakes. But Miller? He's been a part of one of the worst defense corps in the league the last few years. He's been on a team that has failed to make the playoffs two consecutive seasons. How do you fall in love with that guy?

Please don't tell me that Miller would have gotten that contract on the open market. I mean, it's true; he probably would have. But what does that matter? Does that mean it's a good deal? Just because Colorado was willing to pay Carl Soderberg just under $5 million a season, does that mean the B's should have paid the middling centerman that money last year? Of course not. Use your head. Just because someone else gets stupid doesn't mean you have to.

You shudder to think what's coming next. Loui Eriksson is still out there as a pending free agent. Ditto for Torey Krug. On a good team, the former is a third liner and the latter is another third-pairing guy. Neither have been good enough to lift the B's above the playoff line the last two years despite playing prominent roles. Both are about to get overpaid on the market . . . unless the B's step in first and insist on being the team that gets stupid and overcommits first.

Given what we've seen with Miller, how can anyone be confident that the B's will be smart enough to pass? My confidence level on this is somewhere around 0.0.

Which is exactly how much cap space the B's will have left with this approach.

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Bill "Spaceman" Lee is running for governor in Vermont


Bill "Spaceman" Lee is running for governor in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee tells WCAX-TV voters will "need umbrellas" if he's elected, because "it's going to be raining dollars," referring to money trickling down from the wealthy.

Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lee says he's a "pragmatic, conservative, forward thinker." He supports legalizing marijuana, a single-payer health care system and paid family leave.

Carrabis: Do you trust Dombrowski to find relief help?


Carrabis: Do you trust Dombrowski to find relief help?

Jared Carrabis joins Sports Tonight to discuss the news that Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery, and whether he has faith that Dombrowski will be able to find bullpen help.