Rivers: 'We're just going to let Ray keep talking'


Rivers: 'We're just going to let Ray keep talking'

WALTHAM The Celtics will be in Miami to open up their season against the Heat on Tuesday, but things are already heating up here in Boston.

Former Celtic Ray Allen -- who took his talents (and hard feelings) with him to South Beach -- hasn't exactly been hush-hush when it comes to how the way things ended for him Boston.

You know the rumors -- Allen and Rondo were on the outs, Allen was fed up with his diminished role in Boston, he didn't think Boston proved they wanted him back enough, etc. etc.

Well, a couple days ago Allen was at it again, talking to the Miami Herald about the history of the rift between him and Rajon Rondo. Here's the link from CSNNE.com's Phil Perry.

In short, back in 2009, Allen called Rondo to tell him the two of them were going to be traded to Phoenix if Rondo didn't change his ways. Allen says Rondo took it the wrong way.

On Tuesday, both Rondo and Rivers were asked about those comments. Rondo hadn't heard them. Neither did Rivers, who then added a little something extra.

"I didn't even know it, so I'm surprised right now," Rivers said. "I never knew that, I don't think the trade rumor is true.

"We're just going to let Ray keep talking, it's easier."

More fuel to the fire.

Buckets' Bracketology: The NCAA Tournament begins to take on a local flavor


Buckets' Bracketology: The NCAA Tournament begins to take on a local flavor

Each Monday through the Final Four, our own Robbie Buckets -- known in some circles as Rob Snyder, associate producer at Comcast SportsNet -- will take a look at the world of college basketball. From now until Selection Sunday, he'll be picking brackets heading into the tournament:

1. Villanova
16. NC Central/Mt. Saint Mary’s

8. Dayton
9. Virginia Tech

5. Cincinnati
12. Middle Tennessee

4. Purdue
13. Valparaiso

6. Notre Dame
11. Marquette/TCU

3. Kentucky
14. Akron

7. Minnesota
10. Kansas State

2. Louisville
15. Furman

1. North Carolina
16. Sam Houston State

8. VCU
9. Iowa State

5. Creighton
12. Nevada

13. Belmont

6. Maryland
11. Syracuse/Providence

3. Florida
14. Princeton

7. South Carolina
10. USC

2. Oregon
15. North Dakota State

1. Kansas
16. Texas Southern

8. Wichita State
9. Miami

5. Wisconsin
12. Vermont

4. Butler
13. Monmouth

6. Saint Mary’s
11. California

3. Florida State
14. UNC-Asheville

7. Oklahoma State
10. Michigan

2. Duke
15. Florida Gulf Coast

1. Gonzaga
16. UC-Davis/North Dakota

8. Northwestern
9. Arkansas

5. Virginia
12. UNC-Wilmington

4. West Virginia
13. Bucknell

6. SMU
11. Michigan State

3. Arizona
14. Arkansas State

7. Xavier
10. Clemson

2. Baylor
15. Cal-Bakersfield


Seton Hall
Georgia Tech
Illinois State
Wake Forest


Follow me on Twitter @RobbieBuckets for college hoops musings and off-the-cuff sports takes.

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

NEW ORLEANS -- There will be a significant faction of Celtics Nation who will see DeMarcus Cousins’ trade to New Orleans as a lost opportunity for the C's, who could have offered a much more enticing trade package than the one the Sacramento Kings accepted.
The Kings received nothing even remotely close to a king’s ransom for Cousins, acquiring him in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, journeyman Langston Galloway and ex-Pelican Tyreke Evans (who has never been the same since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010), along with a protected first-round pick and a future second-round selection.


While the knee-jerk reaction is to focus on why Boston decided to not pursue a trade for Cousins, more important is what the non-decision means for the moment and going forward.
Think about what the Celtics have done in the last three-plus seasons.
They went from being a lottery team to one that has the second-best record in the East. They're holding the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft; at worst, the pick will be in the top four or five. They have three of the most team-friendly contracts (Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder) in the NBA. They have promising prospects overseas as well as in the D-League. And they're led by a coach who has improved his coaching acumen -- and the team’s win total -- every year he's been on the job.
And it's all enveloped by a culture with a high level of selflessness, which has created a locker-room environment that has been more about fighting for each other than fighting one another or others off the court.
Do you really think Cousins’ talent would have trumped the baggage he'd be bringing to the Celtics if they'd acquired him?
For him to have fit in with this team would have required him to make the kind of changes that, frankly, I just don’t see him being capable of making at this point.
On more than one occasion, “not fitting in” with the Celtics culture was given to me as the reason why a Cousins-to-Boston trade never gained any traction with the team’s brass. Or coaching staff, for that matter.
While there's no denying that he's arguably the best center in the NBA, Cousins is a high-risk, high-reward talent that makes sense to pursue if you're a franchise which has nothing to lose by adding him to the mix. Like, say, New Orleans.
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference despite having Anthony Davis, who has been asked to carry the weight of a franchise that has yet to figure out the best combination of talent to surround him with and find success.
The addition of Cousins not only provides Davis some major help, but serves as a reminder of just how desperate the Pelicans are.
While there are mixed reports on whether the package of assets the Kings agreed to was the best they could have received for Cousins, there was no way they were going to get anything close to comparable talent in exchange for him.
And that was solely due to the risk that any team was willing to take on in order to acquire him.
At some point, the Celtics need to take advantage of an opportunity to go all-in for a superstar player. But this was not that time, or that player.