Decision Time For Ray


Decision Time For Ray

So, apparently Ray Allen's a little confused.

The latest report says that he left Miami without giving the Heat an answer, and has since flown back to Boston, where he'll probably sit down with his family, play a few rounds of golf, consider the pros and cons and eventually make a decision.

Or maybe Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story while you were reading that last paragraph. Who knows? The bottom line is that the weekend of reckoning is upon us. Regardless of when it happens, I'm willing to bet that by the time we meet again on Monday, we'll know what lies ahead for Sweet Baby Jesus Shuttlesworth.

To this point, he's been begged, and offered obscene amounts of money, to stay with his basketball family in Boston. He's been wined and dined by the NBA champs (not to mention Pat Riley, one of the games greatest motivators) in Miami, where there's a great chance to play for another ring and with a different set of sure fire Hall of Famers. It's a tough decision, even tougher when you consider that these two teams hate each other. That after the last five years, Allen joining the Heat is like Alec Baldwin taking a job at Fox News.

I can't claim to know what Allen will do, but as I've said before, I really hope he goes to Miami. Yes, I hope that a player who I love rooting for, respect like hell and think still has some good basketball left decides to split town for one of Boston's biggest rivals. I'll admit, it's a confusing feeling. I'm more torn than Ray himself!

OK, probably not. But despite everything that he's given this team and this city, I really think it's time to go. I think he'll be happier in Miami. I think it will be easier for the Celtics to go about their business next season without having to worry about Ray's feelings. Much like what happened with Youk and the Sox, it's time for Ray and the Celtics to part ways. To break up before things get too ugly.

Now believe it or not, my opinion has very little bearing on Ray's decision. There's obviously still a solid chance that he comes back for one more run. If he does, I'm sure he'll be a valuable member of this team. Like I said, the guy has some basketball left and can still do a few things on the court that very few others in the league can.

I just think that in terms of chemistry, sanity and all around happiness, that both sides will be better off if Ray's doing those things down south.

We'll see on Monday.

Until then, everyone have a great weekend.

Beware of Yankee fans.

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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Jupiter, Florida


Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Jupiter, Florida

Tiger Woods, recovering from his fourth back surgery in the last three years, was arrested on DUI charges Monday morning in Jupiter, Fla.

Woods, 41, is the winner of 79 PGA tournaments in his career (including 14 majors). He was stopped this morning at around 3 a.m. and booked at 7:18 a.m. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

Physical problems have plagued Woods in recent years, but he said last week "unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again." However, he will need months to recover from his most recent surgery.

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Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

BOSTON –  Terry Rozier was having a rough stretch where his minutes were limited and when he did play, he didn’t play particularly well.
Among the voices in his ear offering words of encouragement was Avery Bradley who knows all too well what Rozier was going through.
For all his time as a Celtic, Bradley has let his work on the floor do the talking for him.
But as the most tenured Celtic on the roster, his leadership has to be about more than just getting the job done, but servicing as a vocal leader as well.
For a player whose growth from one year to the next has been a constant, being a more vocal leader has been the one dynamic of his game that has improved the most during this past season.
And it is that kind of leadership that will carry into the summer what is a pivotal offseason for both Bradley and this Celtics franchise which was eliminated by Cleveland in the Conference finals, the first time the Celtics got that deep in the playoffs since 2012.
He is entering the final year of the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014. And it comes at a time when his fellow Tacoma, Wash. native and backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will likely hit free agency where he’s expected to command a max or near-max contract that would pay him an annual salary in the neighborhood of $30 million.
At this point in time, Bradley isn’t giving too much thought to his impending contract status.
Instead, he’s more consumed by finding ways to improve his overall game and in doing so, help guide the Celtics to what has to be their focus for next season – a trip to the NBA Finals.
While Celtics players have said their focus has always been on advancing as far into the playoffs as possible, it wasn’t until this past season did they actually provide hope and promise that Banner 18 may be closer than you think.
It was an emotional time for the Celtics, dealing with the unexpected death of Chyna Thomas, the younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, just hours before Boston’s first playoff game this season.
And then there were injuries such as Thomas’ right hip strain that ended his postseason by halftime of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland.
But through that pain, we saw the emergence of Bradley in a light we have seldom seen him in as a Celtic.
We have seen him play well in the past, but it wasn’t until Thomas’ injury did we see Bradley showcase even more elements of his game that had been overlooked.
One of the constant knocks on Bradley has been his ball-handling.
And yet there were a number of occasions following Thomas’ playoff-ending injury, where Bradley attacked defenders off the dribble and finished with lay-ups and an occasional dunk in transition.
Among players who appeared in at least 12 playoff games this year, only Washington’s John Wall (7.9), Cleveland’s LeBron James (6.8) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (5.2) averaged more points in transition than Bradley (4.7).
Bradley recognized the team needed him to be more assertive, do things that forced him to be more front-and-center which is part of his evolution in Boston as a leader on this team.
“It’s weird but players like Al (Horford) definitely helped me get out of my shell and pushed me this year to be more of a vocal leader,” Bradley said.
And that talent combined with Bradley doing what he does every offseason – come back significantly better in some facet of his game – speaks to how he’s steadily growing into being a leader whose actions as well as his words are impactful.