Bird: Ainge wanted first-round pick, Hansbrough for Allen

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Bird: Ainge wanted first-round pick, Hansbrough for Allen

If you think Danny Ainge is going to blow up the Celtics for 50-cents on the dollar, think again.

Jackie MacMullen has a nice article on ESPNBoston.com today on Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale reflecting on the ends of their careers and looking at that of the Celtics' current Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.

But an interesting quote came at the very end of the article, from Bird, on what Celtics president Danny Ainge asked for in return of Ray Allen:

"Here's the thing," Bird said to MacMullen. "When Danny and I talked about trading for Ray, he wanted Tyler Hansbrough and a first-round pick. If that's the value he's putting on Ray Allen, he ain't getting it. That tells me he's in no hurry to trade him.

"All that talk about Danny blowing it up, about not making the same mistakes as Red, is fine.

"But now that it's his turn to pull the trigger, it's a helluva lot harder than it looks."

Great quote from Bird, and really lets you know what Ainge thinks of Allen at this stage in his career, and really, what he thinks about blowing the team up before it self-destructs at the end of the season.

If Ainge is looking for that much for Allen -- a player who becomes a free agent at the end of the season -- then you can only imagine the package he'd ask for for Rajon Rondo. As it has been reported, Ainge is only looking to make a trade if he is blown away by the offer, and Hansbrough plus a first round pick for Allen would qualify as such, and one that won't be made.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”