Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game


Pietrus stops by Celtics locker room prior to game

BOSTON With tip-off a couple hours away, the Boston Celtics had a familiar face show up in the locker room.

It was Mickael Pietrus, who had not been with the team since suffering a concussion on March 23 at Philadelphia that has him still out indefinitely.

"I'm feeling all right," Pietrus, sporting dark sunglasses, told CSNNE.com. "I'm getting better."

But he's still a ways off from returning to action after suffering what head coach Doc Rivers said was a Grade 3 - the worst kind - concussion. Because of his sensitivity to light, Pietrus did not stick around for Boston's 91-72 win over Miami.

Rivers said last week that he doesn't anticipate having Pietrus back until the playoffs. But on Sunday, Rivers said it wouldn't surprise him if Pietrus is out for a while or returned to the C's lineup next week.

Still, having not started the battery of tests that all players that suffer a concussion have to go through prior to returning to action, don't look for Pietrus until the postseason starts.

Even though he's far removed from playing, C's players were pleased to see their fallen teammate up and about.

"It was good to see him," said Celtics forward Brandon Bass. "For him to show up it shows some togetherness here."

For Keyon Dooling, it was great to see Pietrus being his usual upbeat, jovial self.

"MP's a live body," Dooling said. "Anytime he's in the building, you know he's here."

Pietrus looked to be in pretty good health, but Dooling said, "you could tell he's still bothered by the light. But it's MP; he's a great guy."

Dooling added, "It was good to see him. We've been texting him, but to physically see him, is quite refreshing."

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”