Scal: Tough to manage veterans' minutes


Scal: Tough to manage veterans' minutes

The Celtics are coming off a tough loss in Houston, and now face a very tough Spurs team. The C's have back-to-back games but then have three days off, so what does a coach like Doc Rivers do about managing the minutes of his veteran players?

"It's probably the most difficult thing to do when you have a veteran team," said Brian Scalabrine.

He says it's hard enough to manage an NBA game, but to then deal with limits on players makes it even tougher.

One thing Rivers always tries to do is think about the long-term implications. So if there's a situation Saturday night that might jeopardize the availability of his veterans down the road, you can bet Rivers will take the more cautious approach.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.