Report: Horford (pectoral) not ready for playoffs


Report: Horford (pectoral) not ready for playoffs

The Hawks hoped that big man Al Horford would be able to play in the playoffs. He had missed a good chunk of the regular season with a torn pectoral muscle, but the team thought he might be good to go by the time the postseason rolled around.

It looks like that was wishful thinking. At least for when the Hawks and Celtics square off in the first round.

I dont feel like it is realistic that I can play for the playoffs, Horford told Yahoo!'s Marc Spears. Obviously, if we advance and start going we will see. But as of right now the way I feel I think I am out for the playoffs.

From Pro Basketball talk:
Without Horford we are going to get a lot of Josh Smith on Kevin Garnett, which should be entertaining. But the way Boston is defending right now and getting great play from their role players like Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass, I just dont see the Hawks advancing. Not without Horford.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.