BOSTON Talk about irony.
Injuries have led to New Jersey rookie and Providence College product MarShon Brooks getting his first start against Boston - the same team that drafted him and moments later, traded him to New Jersey for the draft rights to JaJuan Johnson.
"They drafted me, so it is a different kind of feel than any other game," Brooks told CSNNE.com. "But I'm still going to try and come out and play hard, provide energy for my team."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers followed Brooks' game when he was at Providence.
"On film, he's an aggressive scorer," Rivers said. "With guys out, he's probably going to be more so and they'll probably lean on him more to that. He's gifted; he can score the ball. He's a guy our defense will obviously have to focus on."
Despite the Nets (1-5) less than stellar record, Brooks' play has been one of the bright spots.
He's averaging 13.7 points off the bench, along with 3.7 rebounds per game.
And Brooks, like most NBA players, is always looking for a way to amp up his level of motivation.
Facing the team that drafted him and later traded him away, Brooks said, doesn't really fire him up.
"I wasn't even with the Celtics long enough," Brooks said. "The thing that motivates me, I want to prove to the Nets that they made the right decision more so than the Celtics made the wrong decision. I'm here to play for the Nets. I want to prove the Nets right for drafting me."
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after thinking Barack Obama gave Jeffrey Ross a run for his money as the Roast-master In Chief at last night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
*The man behind the music at American Airlines Arena for the Dallas Stars’ games comes into the spotlight for a story.
*Don Cherry sings the praises of Joel Ward, wears a Toronto Marlies suit and said “it was time to go” for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Penguins coach Mike Sullivan taking major issue with the head shot Brooks Orpik laid on Olli Maatta.
*The Maple Leafs secure the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NHL Draft lottery, which will no doubt lead them to Auston Matthews.
*Now that the Edmonton Oilers have the No. 4 pick, Peter Chiarelli is open to trade options for those teams wanting to move up.
*Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is once again thriving in Ontario just a year after a major health scare.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on the unique journey for Brent Burns that culminated in his Norris Trophy finalist honor this week.
*Spector has the roundup of rumors including plenty of speculation on Kevin Shattenkirk once the Blues are done in the playoffs.
*For something completely different: a couple of reporters actually got into an actual fight at the White House Correspondent’s after-party. It sounds like they both kind of deserved a punch in the face, to be honest.
The Patriots have reportedly added nine undrafted free agents after selecting nine players in the 2016 NFL Draft.
DJ Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State
Shaquille Powell, RB, Duke
De’Runnya Wilson, TE/WR, Miss State
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Mississippi State
CJ Johnson, LB, Mississippi State
V’Angelo Bentley, CB, Illinois
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
Foster is arguably the highest profile player the Patriots signed and was filmed celebrating the moment.
Foster has the versatility the Patriots looks for. He played running back over his first three collegiate seasons before shifting to wide receiver. He finished his career at Arizona State with 666 total touches for 4,813 yards and 32 touchdowns.
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CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Patriots picks they liked and which ones they didn't.
Watch the video above.