Blakely chooses NBA All-Star reserves


Blakely chooses NBA All-Star reserves

BOSTON In what may go down as the one of the more anti-climatic, All-Star announcements of the starting five ever, what we've known for weeks will become official tonight.

For the Eastern Conference, Chicago's Derrick Rose and Miami's Dwyane Wade will be the starting guards. In the frontcourt, Miami's LeBron James and New York's Carmelo Anthony will be the forwards. And at center, you've got Dwight Howard.

For the Western Conference, we'll see an all-LA backcourt of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul from the Lakers and Clippers, respectively. The forwards will be Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. In the middle will be Andrew Bynum of the Lakers.

The coaches of the respective conferences will fill out the rest of the rosters. But with this season being so condensed, I thought I might help them out.

Here are the players that I would add to the respective conferences.

And if you agree, let me hear it!

If I omitted your guy, make a case for him and I just might change my mind.

At any rate, here are (who should be) the All-Star reserves:


GUARDS: Rajon Rondo, Boston; Deron Williams, New Jersey

FORWARDS: Josh Smith, Atlanta; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

CENTER: Roy Hibbert, Indiana

BEST OF THE REST: Chris Bosh, Miami; Luol Deng, Chicago

GUARDS: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City; Kyle Lowry, Houston

FORWARDS: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland

CENTER: Marcin Gortat, Phoenix

BEST OF THE REST: Kevin Love, Minnesota; Danilo Gallinari, Denver

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.



Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.