Should the Celtics take a flyer on Greg Oden?


Should the Celtics take a flyer on Greg Oden?

In 2008, when the Celtics had a shot at the first pick in the draft, there were two can't-miss prospects -- or so we thought -- at the top of the board:
Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.
Durant? We all know what's become of him.
But Oden? The chronically injured big man hasn't played a game in the NBA since Dec. 5, 2009.
Now, though, he's healthy -- or as healthy as he may ever be again -- and looking for work. According to reports, a number of teams, including the NBA champion Miami Heat, are interested.
So should the Celtics, in need of a big man, be in that hunt?
"Bring him in, see if you can get anything," said the Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper. "They brought in Darko Milicic; obviously that didn't work out, but why not see if you can get something out of Oden?
"They desperately need size and they really don't have the chips to pull off a trade. Why not? Take a flyer, see what happens."

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

FOXBORO -- Antonio Brown's live stream of coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Sunday had a ripple effect that traveled all the way to New England: Just in case Patriots players weren't familiar with the league's social-media policy, they were reminded of it this week. 

"We were reminded of that," receiver Chris Hogan said. "I’m not sure what the timing is, but obviously, I don’t think we’ll see guys doing that in the locker room."

Players are prohibited from using social media in the locker room until media outlets have been given an opportunity to talk to players following games. Brown's Facebook Live video, which garnered national attention almost as soon as it went online, was shot well before the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium opened following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City.

"We have a team policy on that," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Strictly enforced. We go from there."

Of course part of the reason the video became as widely disseminated as it did was because it caught Tomlin calling the Patriots "a--holes."

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin," Slater said when asked about Tomlin's speech. "I appreciate the way he prepares his team. I’ve had a good working relationship with him over the years, and it will continue to be that way."

Both Slater and Hogan insisted that their focus will be trained solely on preparing for what Tomlin and his players will do when they arrive to Gillette Stadium Sunday night -- not what they say leading up to kickoff.

"You come in here, you're automatically bought into what we preach here, what coach [Bill] Belichick preaches," Hogan said. "It's football. We're 100 percent football here. It's not about anything outside. Between the media or whatever it is outside of football, whatever we're doing. When we come here, it's 100 percent football. That's all we're focused on is the opponent we're playing that week."