Pierce on Delonte: 'I'm happy for him'

637616.jpg

Pierce on Delonte: 'I'm happy for him'

WALTHAM When training camp began, Paul Pierce fully expected there to be a lot of new faces on the Boston Celtics roster. It's like that every year, with every team throughout the league.

But to not see Delonte West, who took his talents out West to Dallas, well Pierce acknowledges was a bit of a surprise.

"I thought he'd definitely be back," Pierce said. "It's hard to develop chemistry when you bring in a lot of new faces, each and every year."

West has been with the Green team during two different stints, quickly winning over fans and his teammates with his gritty play at both ends of the floor.

During the C's playoff run which ended with a second-round loss to the Miami Heat, West's play was one of the highlights.

It is unclear exactly why the Celtics didn't make a big push to bring him back, but certainly the growth and development of Avery Bradley was a factor. It would have been difficult for the C's to bring West back, and still managed to find minutes for Bradley, too.

Since joining the Mavs, West now finds himself in a role that's actually greater than the one he had with the Celtics. West has appeared in all nine games for the Mavericks, which includes eight starts. He's averaging eight points and 3.1 assists while playing just under 21 minutes a game.

"He's really added something to the Dallas team that they probably lost in J.J. Barea (now in Minnesota) and Tyson Chandler (now in New York), a guy who could come in and give them energy defensively, and give them a boost offensively also."

Pierce added, "I'm happy for him; he's found some comfort there in Dallas. He's in the starting lineup now. I wish him the best."

West recently made headlines when the NBA champion Mavericks met President Barack Obama at the White House, and West couldn't be with the team because of gun-related charges he had to deal with a couple years ago.

The 6-foot-3 guard took to Twitter to express his disappointment in not being able to attend, in addition to ranting about the media.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.

Roger Goodell says he'll be present for Patriots opener at Gillette Stadium

Roger Goodell says he'll be present for Patriots opener at Gillette Stadium

PHOENIX -- Roger Goodell said during a press conference at the league meetings on Tuesday evening that he planned to attend the NFL's "kickoff game" next season, which is scheduled to be hosted by the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in September. 

Goodell has not visited Gillette Stadium since the AFC title game in January of 2015 -- the game during which Deflategate was sparked. Last season he opted to visit Atlanta for the Divisional and Championship rounds of the playoffs in back-to-back weeks. 

On Monday, Robert Kraft was asked if he anticipated Goodell visiting New England for his team's 2017 season-opener. 

"I think I'll let you all ask him that," Kraft said. "Look, he's the commissioner of the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. If he wants to come, he's welcome to come. We're happy we'll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide if he wants to be there."

It appears as though he's decided to be there.