CAP CANA, Dominican Republic -- Count the Mavericks' J.J. Barea as among those who doesn't think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo.
"I think he is the Celtics right now," Barea, the ex-Northeastern star, said to a group of reporters that included SportsNet Central's Jessica Moran. "He controls the defensive end, he controls the offense completely. His hands have the ball all the time . . . I think . . . they need to stay with him."
Barea -- here for David Ortiz' charity golf tournament -- thinks the Celtics could win without him, though "they better trade for another good point guard like him. But it will be a lot harder without him."
And as for Barea returning to Boston to play for the Celts . . .
"I had a great four years in school there at Northeastern. You never know what could happen. But I want to go back to Dallas."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.