Celtics excited for an NBA team in Seattle

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Celtics excited for an NBA team in Seattle

BOSTON Avery Bradley was just a teenager when Seattle lost its NBA team, the Seattle Supersonics.
The Tacoma, Wash. native, like many in the Sea-Tac region, was devastated by the news. 
So it's no surprise that he is among those giddy to see that Seattle will once again be home to an NBA team now that the Sacramento Kings are reportedly close to being sold to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
"It's going to be great for the city," Bradley said. "It's going to be nice going back there, have the Celtics beat up on the Sonics."
Celtics guard Jason Terry, who is from Seattle, was also excited about the idea of his hometown once again being host to an NBA team. 
"It's a great day for basketball," Terry said. "Obviously being from Seattle. My heart is in Seattle. I always dreamed that one day they'd get a team back there. Not only for everyone from Seattle; but for the NBA. It's a great city, a great sports town."
Terry remembers all too well how tough the community took seeing the Sonics leave town. 
"There was all kind of save-the-Sonics shirts and signs and blogs," Terry said. "Again, this is definitely a good day."
Although Sacramento is the capital of California, it has long been seen as one of the less desirable stops along the NBA circuit by players. 
"Nothing against Sacramento, but Seattle is definitely a nicer city," Terry said. 
Boston forward Jeff Green spent his rookie season in Seattle prior to the then-Sonics moving to Oklahoma City for the 2008-2009 season. 
"Seattle is a great city," Green said. "I'm happy for the city of Seattle and wish the best for them."
Rajon Rondo has played two games in Seattle. 
"It was raining a lot," Rondo said when asked about his memories of playing in Seattle. 
And as far as the Seattle-area having an NBA team and no more trips to Sacramento if the deal goes through as expected, Rondo would not have a problem with that.
"I think Seattle's a better city than Sacramento," Rondo said. "But that's just my opinion."

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.