Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!


Wakeup Call: The 'not-impressed' face? Impressive!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 9.

Mark McGwire's advice to youngsters: Do as I say and not as I did. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

You'd think the Phillies would be worried that B.J. Upton's cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow act, which he got away with in the vast wasteland known as Tampa Bay's "fan" base, wouldn't go over with their rabid audience. But, apparently, they're not. (CSN Philly)

Anibal Sanchez' asking price: Six years, 90 million. (Hardball Talk)

If you're interested in Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo or Gavin Floyd, the White Sox are interested in hearing what you have to say. (CSN Chicago)

Maicer Izturis is moving from the Sunshine State to the Great White North. (AP)

He won't say why or what for -- except that it's not for anything criminal, or anything that would incur the wrath of the NCAA -- but Florida coach Billy Donovan has indefinitely suspended starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin. (AP)

Florida State pulls off a great escape at Virginia Tech. (AP)

You get the impression that members of the nation's power conferences aren't too impressed with Notre Dame. But at least one former coach thinks the Irish could compete in the SEC. (CSN Chicago)

Auburn certainly can't -- at least not this year -- and it may cost Gene Chizik his job. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Lane Kifflin knows some people won't believe USC's story that it was a rogue student manager, acting on his own, who deflated the footballs last week against Oregon, an act for which the Pac-12 fined the school and for which the manager was fired. But Kifflin also points out that if it was a deliberate strategy, the Trojans wouldn't be "directing a student manager on the Oregon sideline, right in front of them, to be deflating balls, and then playing with some deflated and some non-deflated balls." (AP)

Check that: Marcus Lattimore won't be attending South Carolina's game on Saturday. (AP)

A freshman walk-on collapses and dies during practice at Tennessee State. (AP)

Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden is in "stable, yet critical" condition after tearing the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart in a collision with a teammate at Tuesday's practice. (AP)

Gary Bettman doesn't have much to say about the latest round of negotiations. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

And Donald Fehr explains why. (Pro Hockey Talk)

But all this silence hasn't stopped some from speculating about what a shortened season would look like. (Pro Hockey Talk)

McKayla Maroney can't believe that her "not-impressed" face -- which she says she does "all the time" -- went viral. (CSN Philly)

Hockey may be gone (temporarily, anyway), but it's not forgotten with the Miami Heat. (AP)

Maybe things are as bad as they seem in L.A.: Jim Buss just gave Mike Brown a vote of confidence. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Andrew Bogut's bum ankle will keep him out of the Warriors' lineup for the next 7-10 days. (AP)

Kings rookie Thomas Robinson gets a two-game suspension for elbowing the Pistons' Jonas Jerebko in the neck. (AP)

What a difference a year makes in Indianapolis, eh? And if you want to say it's all Luck, well, who's arguing? (AP)

The Andy Reid Death Watch is underway, and Jon Gruden's name is circulating as his replacement. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Now that it looks like his baby will be born Monday, Charles Tillman says he'll play Sunday when the Bears meet the Texans. (AP)

Not so sure about Richard Seymour, though, and it has nothing to do with his wife giving birth. (AP)

The hits over the years have taken their toll, but on game day Calvin Johnson is still Megatron. (AP)

Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu apologizes for his arrest in a drunken-driving rampage last month. (AP)

The 49ers "can't stress enough how professional, how team-oriented Randy Moss is." (CSN Bay Area) What you just heard was the sound of Michael Felger's head exploding.

Rod Stewart -- yes, that Rod Stewart -- goes all John Boehner over Celtic's 2-1 upset of Barcelona. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Bradley supporting Olynyk as he returns from shoulder surgery


Bradley supporting Olynyk as he returns from shoulder surgery

WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley had just returned to the Boston Celtics lineup after having had surgery on both shoulders, eager to put his injury-riddled days in the past.

Then-Celtics assistant coach Tyronn Lue had suffered a similar shoulder injury a decade earlier in 2003, so he knew all too well what Bradley was going through.

“I remember Tyronn Lue took me to the side and said, ‘you’re going to struggle,’” Bradley recalled. “When he said it to me, I was like, ‘what is he talking about?’”

The words of Lue, now the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, were indeed prophetic. And now that current Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk is back to practicing after having surgery on his right shoulder, Bradley plans to be there for Olynyk the way Lue was there for him.

Bradley, who missed the first 30 games of the 2012-2013 season recovering from the injury, recalls struggling with his shot for the first couple of weeks.  

His first game back was Jan. 2, 2013. For the next two weeks, Bradley shot 40.6 percent from the field (28-for-69) and 28.6 percent (8-for-28) on 3s, both below his career averages in those respective categories.

Bradley is hopeful Olynyk doesn’t struggle as much as he did upon his return to the lineup from shoulder surgery.

But just in case, Olynyk knows he has a teammate who literally knows what he’s going through right now in trying to get back on the floor and play good basketball.

“It’s our job as his teammates to help keep him confident in himself,” Bradley said. “I told him, ‘you’re going to have your days when you come in and you might make shots. Then you’ll have your week where you don’t make a shot.’ You just have to stay confident.”

But Bradley admits it’s a lot easier said than done, especially when you’ve had success shooting the ball and now all of a sudden the shots that you normally make in your sleep keep you up at night wondering why they no longer going in.

“It just happens. The muscle memory, you have to get it back,” Bradley said. “It’s just reps; that’s what it took. It took like maybe a good month before my shot felt good again. It’ll probably be the same for Kelly; hopefully not. If it is, I’ll be there to make sure he’s positive and knowing it’s a process and he has to continue to get shots up.”

But there’s more to returning to the game when healthy.

While the body may be ready to go, the mind more often than not hasn’t totally cleansed itself of the injury.

“It’s still in the back of your mind, thinking it’s going to happen again,” Bradley said. “You may not want to drive it to the basket as much or box out the same way or be aggressive. But like I said, we have to give him that confidence and he has to do his work as well, staying in the weight room, making sure he’s strong. We’re here to help.”

And no one is offering the consistent assistance that Bradley has to his injured teammate.

“I’ve taken him to the side like five times already and I told him, ‘I’m here bro. Whatever you need,’” Bradley said. “I’m just happy that he’s back."