Rivers doesn't see any trades on the horizon


Rivers doesn't see any trades on the horizon

Imagine working your hardest and best all week while in the back of your mind there was a chance you'd be shipped off to the other side of the country on a moment's notice.

It would be tough, wouldn't it?

OK . . . now imagine you're getting paid millions and millions of dollars to do it.

Not so tough anymore, huh?

That's the case every season with the NBA trade deadline, and over the years the Celtics have been relatively active.

Regardless, it's pretty clear that if it were up to Doc Rivers, no Celtics players -- or at least the starting unit -- would be traded this season. He has stood by his players multiple times this season, when it would be easy to put the blame on him for some pretty bad losses. Speaking on WEEI Wednesday morning, Rivers again said he'd be surprised if any major moves came.

I dont expect anything big to come down," Rivers said. "I wouldn't be shocked if nothing came down, to be honest."

Rivers isn't sitting shotgun next to Celtics president Danny Ainge when it comes to trading, but if something becomes more serious, he will get the word.

"Danny brings it to me when it's at a point where it can be discussed and it's a possibility," Rivers said. "I really don't want to be involved in all the different scenarios. Every once in a while he'll come in and say, 'Hey listen, this may not happen but there's a chance we can do this. Would you go further with this?'"

But with all the talk around this time, are players letting it get to them?

"I don't think so. You don't hear much about it," Rivers said. "You know, when the whole Rondo stuff was up there was a lot of talk, obviously. But other than that, the guys are pretty good. Now listen, the guys that people are talking about are veterans. You hear Ray Allen's name, you hear Paul's name. And honestly I don't think any of that will happen. So they've been through it through their career. So it probably bothers them less than it would some of the younger players."

But with this year's Celtics team, a game like Wednesday night's doesn't give much hope to a run at the playoffs. But at the same time, they had four solid wins before Wednesday night. The lockout-shortened season isn't ideal for this veteran squad, but Rivers feels like getting to the playoffs -- and hopefully avoiding that seventh or eighth seed -- is all the C's need, and suddenly they get on a less hectic playing schedule.

"This is a tough year to try to judge. And I think it's tough really guys because of the season. The amount of games, I don't think you see the best quality every night. I think with us it affects us more in some ways because of our age and who we are. But we also know that if you get to the playoffs, and you're healthy and rested -- because the playoffs you get more rest.

Young Bruins ‘acquitted themselves well’ in preseason debut


Young Bruins ‘acquitted themselves well’ in preseason debut

BOSTON – It was an excellent night for the many varied Bruins prospects in the preseason opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s eventually dropped the game in a 3-2 shootout loss at TD Garden, but not before some of their young players showed exactly what they can do.

“For sure it’s a lot of fun. Coming in here everybody’s a little nervous, but it was, once you’re out there, it’s just fun. It was good to see the young guys out there,” said former University of Denver standout Danton Heinen, who scored the tying strike in the third period on a redirect. “It was definitely adjusting. You don’t totally know what to expect and then once the game went on I kind of felt a little more comfortable. We started playing better as a team.”

Former first-round pick Jake DeBrusk set up the B’s first goal with Jimmy Hayes by executing a nifty give-and-go at the Columbus net, and young skaters Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik made the initial transition passes that led up to the goal. In the third period Danton Heinen redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot from the slot area, and scored in his first career game played at TD Garden in an impressive show of hand-eye coordination.

Carlo, Czarnik, DeBrusk, Zboril and Heinen all had strong performances on the score sheet and at both ends of the ice, and that’s exactly what the Bruins coaching staff wanted to see with NHL jobs potentially up for grabs in main camp.

“A lot of young players in the lineup, I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves well,” said Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. “They were given opportunities to do that. I think some of them certainly took advantage of it, and did a nice job.”

It was good that the young players stepped up and made a nice impression in the preseason debut because the veteran players will cut into their opportunities once the World Cup of Hockey crew gets sprinkled into the mix starting this week. 

Tom Brady explains why he thinks Bill Belichick is the best of all time


Tom Brady explains why he thinks Bill Belichick is the best of all time

Tom Brady may be biased, but he believes that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the best to ever walk a sideline. 

That's what Brady told Westwood One's Jim Gray in an interview before the radio broadcast of Monday night's game between the Falcons and Saints. After Belichick helped cook up a game plan for the Patriots to beat the Texans on short rest with rookie third-round quarterback Jacoby Brissett behind center, Brady may not have many people argue with him. 

"I definitely think so," Brady answered when he was asked if Belichick was "the best coach to have ever done this."

"I think whatever hand he's been dealt, he finds a way to win. That's the mark of a great coach. Sitting in those meetings for the last 16 years and watching him prepare the team, there's no [other] coach I'd ever want to play for. He's just remarkable in every aspect. It's a privilege to play for him. I look forward to going back out there and, you know, getting yelled at by him. He's tough on the players and he expects the very best out of each of us every day. That ends up getting the best out of players. He's so consistent with his approach, and it's paid of for our team for a long time."

Brady said it's that consistency that stands out to him and separates Belichick from any of his peers.

"I think his consistency is just what's remarkable," Brady explained. "It's so much of what you don't see on these Sunday afternoons. But it's the way the offseason program is run in April. It's his urgency and enthusiasm at that time of year when no one's watching. His OTA schedule and his emphasis over the course of those practices in May and June when no one's really watching. There's no scoreboard to compete against. But we always feel like we're in competing against the other teams, even when there is no scoreboard.

"You go to training camp, and you can't waste days in training camp because you don't get those days back. Those days in training camp are going to prepare you for what's going to happen in Septmeber. There's urgency throughout the entire offseason to get us to the month of September, and then once September comes it's all about winning games and making improvements towards October.

"Then once you make improvements toward October, you can be in a really good position to really capitalize come November. That's when the playoff races start to shape up and you really see where you're at and there's a lot of scouting done at that point. That's whenn you really see the team develop and how the depth of the team really takes place. Coach Belichick is always understanding where the roster needs to be at and which positions we may need a little more depth at based on injuries over the course of the season.

"Then comes December when it's the last stretch of the season when you need to be at your best. He prepares us all the way throughout the season. His consistency has been remarkable. It's been fun to see from this point obvously for the last four weeks, but I've experienced that every day. That part of it doesn't really surprise me, but to see the way that my teammates have come out and played and performed under pressure on a Sunday night game, and the first home game, and a Thursday national TV game, it's just been so much fun to watch."