Feeling Flip? On Buchholz's balkReturn of two-sport athlete

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Feeling Flip? On Buchholz's balkReturn of two-sport athlete

Flip Saunders expects the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals.

This was the headline from a story in this morning's Star Tribune, in which writer Sid Hartman (of the Minneapolis Hartmans) interviewed Saunders on a series of NBA matters.

Hartman and Saunders who spent 10 years as the Timberwolves head coach and the last two months as an adviser with the Celtics spoke about LeBron James and Kevin Durant. They spoke about Saunders time in Boston. They spoke about his relationship with Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, and his future in coaching.

Wedged in between all this conversation was an interesting little tidbit that felt so obvious and unimportant within the flow of the story that Hartman didn't even bother using quotes. It was just a little throw away line that transitioned into the next stage of his column.

Saunders is positive Garnett, who is a free agent, will sign for another year with the Celtics, who have some rebuilding to do.
Wow. That easy, huh?

So, I guess the question is: How much faith do you have in Flip Saunders a guy who spent a decade coaching Garnett in Minnesota and was closer to him over this last playoff run than all but a hand full of people? How much faith do you have in Sid Hartman? Did Saunders actually say that he was "positive" or was Hartman perhaps just somewhat casually summing up Saunders general opinion, without realizing what an absolutely enormous deal this is in Boston?

Ehhh, I don't know. I guess it's better we don't jump to any conclusions. That we don't get too high or low on what other people are saying, because for all we know someone else close to KG will come out tomorrow saying that he's hanging them up, and then what do we do? WHAT DO WE DO?!

We do nothing. We sit and wait for Garnett to make a decision, and hope to have a few finger (andor toe) nails left by the time he does.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

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Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine sit-down with Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to talk about the high expectations for the season, the addition of Al Horford, and getting married this offseason.

Also, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about Thomas, including his very team friendly deal will ever become an issue.

Look for new podcast versions of our media day interviews in the coming days, plus videos and other content as the Celtics get ready for the season.

Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

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Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.

The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.

"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."