Ference: 'Laughable' to think Thomas is a distraction to Bruins

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Ference: 'Laughable' to think Thomas is a distraction to Bruins

WILMINGTON Tim Thomas once again skipped out of a media session Monday when the subject of Washington D.C., and the goaltenders decision to boycott the White House, came up.
Thomas cracked a big smile, made a flip comment about being happy to be relieved of his media responsibilities, and walked away from his locker.
He's used to the questions by now, and its clear hes not going to answer any of them. Some of that is Thomas personal choice as an individual, and some of that is the Bruins asking their opinionated goaltender to keep quiet until the season is over.
Boston's surprise first-round matchup with the Capitals may resurrect the issue, especially with national media and reporters from Washington, since it'll bring Thomas back to the scene of the incident. The big issue for the Bruins, though, is how it affects the team at a time of year when they need a laser focus on the task at hand.
The answer is: It won't.
Nobody really cares, said Andrew Ference with a genuine laugh. If anybody asks us about the White House, were just going to say that we had a good time. Thats my answer. When it was all going down, it was people reacting outside of the Boston market. For us that have been teammates with Thomas, it wasnt a big deal. Thats just who he is."
When it comes to polar political opposites, it would be hard to beat Tea Party hero Tim Thomas and carbon-footprint conscious Andrew Ference. They hold absolutely different world views and conflicting political beliefs.
But theyre on the same page when it comes to the success of the Boston Bruins.
The people who think Thomas' actions are an issue with his teammates, says Ference, "dont know anything about us, about how the room works, how the personalities and the dynamics work within the team. Its a joke. Im sure its interesting to talk about or put on the radio. But it doesnt affect any one of us.
Nor, he added, did it ever.
Its not like it threw a monkey wrench into the dressing room," said Ference of the midseason controversy. "Thomas has been like that his whole life. Hes a teammate to us, and thats it. As crazy as some people think his beliefs are, there are people that think the same thing about me. There are people that loved what he did and there are people that love what I do. There are two sides to the coin, so . . . whatever.
Ference drew a parallel between the White House saga and an incident two years ago, when an NHLPA-fueled rift between Ference and Mark Recchi was supposed to have been pulling the team apart.
"Media reports were trying to say the same thing a couple of years ago, that I was killing the team. Its all BS, said Ference. The guys in the locker room think its almost laughable.
"Usually the people that are beating the drum on that stuff are the people that are never in this room."
Sooner or later, Thomas play will do all of the talking for him against Washington . . . for better or worse. Thats all that the Bs goaltender and his teammates are hoping for as the playoff spotlight gets ready to shine on them Thursday night.

Brian Scalabrine thinks Celtics could still trade for Kevin Love

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Brian Scalabrine thinks Celtics could still trade for Kevin Love

Though the Celtics spent Thursday discussing a trade with the Pacers for Paul George, Brian Scalabrine still has designs on the C’s getting Kevin Love. 

Scalabrine says he could imagine the Celtics landing Love from the Cavaliers in a three-way deal that would sent George to the Cleveland. He noted that Love won’t be as difficult to acquire as he was when Cleveland traded for him, though he said he wasn’t sure if Boston would have to include recently drafted third overall pick Jayson Tatum. 

With that said, Scalabrine intimated that the sides have the assets that a deal between the teams would make sense. 

“I’m saying, we’d all look at the deal and be like, ‘Yeah. All right,'” Scalabrine said.
 

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.

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But is it going to be in Boston?

CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.

Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.

While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.

Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.