For as bad as Albert Haynesworth may have been during his brief stint in New England, Michael Felger blames the Patriots for thinking that this leopard would change his stripes.
"I think the Patriots should be better than a bum like this," he said Tuesday on 'Sports Tonight'. "This is really one of the worst guys this league has to offer . . . They never should have brought this guy in.
"And what's aggravating is, the only reason they did is 'cause he gave them money back. He gave them a good deal, and then he kissed some ass on the way in. He said all the right things. And it just feels to me like, you can be the worst guy in the world but if you give them some money and say the right things, the Patriots will just bring them in."
Ex-NFL lineman Steve DeOssie agreed with Felger, at least on Haynesworth himself.
"He just didn't want to play," DeOssie said. "It was obvious from the get-go he just thought he could walk in and, I don't know, maybe contribute somewhat, but he didn't even give the effort to contribute.
"He did not even play . . . up close to his talent level . . . This is a guy that has a tremendous amount of talent and absolutely no desire, no respect for his teammates, no respect for what everybody else on the field is trying to accomplish, and it showed. It showed in the way he played."
Later, he added: "The guy was a bad guy with no respect for his teammates whatsoever. You can't be in that locker room and have that lack of respect for your teammates when everyone else is working . . . hard."
BOSTON – Before Brad Stevens addressed the media before the Celtics faced the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday afternoon, he had to take a moment to make sure he wouldn’t forget anyone who wasn’t able to play.
Yeah, the list was a pretty long one.
Tyler Zeller, Demetrius Jackson and Jonas Jerebko will not play tonight due to sickness. And Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will also be out with a timetable that’s starting to feel like it’ll be longer than anyone would want.
“I don’t anticipate Avery this week at all,” Stevens said. “He still has some soreness. Obviously we’re concerned about the long-term impact of a sore Achilles; what it means on that foot but also what it means when you compensate off it. But he’ll be back when he’s ready but I think he’s still a little bit away.”
Bradley, the team’s top on-the-ball defender and No. 2 scorer this season at 17.7 points per game, will be out for the sixth time in the Celtics’ last seven games because of the Achilles injury.
Replacing him in the starting lineup will be Marcus Smart whose status for tonight’s game wasn’t a sure thing.
On the Celtics’ pregame notes package, Smart was listed as probable with a sore right ankle injury. I asked Stevens about Smart’s status a few minutes ago, and he said the 6-foot-4 Smart will play tonight.
In his 15 starts this season, Smart has averaged 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 31.7 percent on 3's - all of which are better than what he produces when coming off the bench.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”