Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House

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Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House

When you think of right-wing athletes, past or present, Curt Schilling should be one of the first that comes to mind.

But even Mr. Bloody Sock himself wouldn't back up Thomas in his decision to skip out on the White House visit last week.

"My biggest issue, from a personal perspective -- and again whether I question whether he went or not, I don't, he made the choice and he'll reap whatever he has to sow after -- I'm not a fan of our President I don't believe in a lot of the things he's doing, but I will always have respect for our office" Schilling said.

Thomas was pretty clear in his Facebook statement that he wasn't happy with the direction the government as a whole was heading. That feeling led to him not attending the event, while the rest of his team did.

But Schilling thinks that if Thomas had so many issues, it would have probably helped his cause further by going and stating some of his issues to President Obama himself.

"I would not have not gone," Schilling said. "And that's just me. Again, I think I would have had a better chance being at the White House than not and I certainly would have taken that chance."

Instead of a celebration of the Bruins being honored at the White House, it turned into a "Why didn't Thomas go?" event.

"I don't think the intent was to make it about him," Schilling said. "I don't think he sat out and said, 'I'll get attention if I don't go.'"

But that attention came. And while Thomas wouldn't speak on it, his teammates were forced to answer for him. That's something that Schilling himself says he realized once his career was finished, and wished he could act differently in that respect.

"The problem is that now you don't live in asylum," Thomas said. "His teammates are going to have go field questions and answer questions, and that's where so many times in my career I didn't factor that in. And that's just ignorance or immaturity, I'm not sure what, maybe both."

There's no room for "ignorance or immaturity" if you're the main reason the Bruins are what they are -- Stanley Cup Champions. Thomas has to realize what he means to the team.

"That guy is the Michael Jordan of the Bruins, and he is the face of that team whether he wants to be or not is irrelevant," Schilling said. "It's the thing I've always said, when you're the face of a franchise, fair or foul, right and wrong, they don't play in. You have a responsibility to your teammates, to the fans and the organization to represent them in a way that isn't counterintuitive to winning games."

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Zach Lowe’s most recent podcast is worth a listen, as it features plenty of talk about what the Celtics may or may not due ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. 

Lowe brought up the possibility of the Celtics top-1 or top-2-protecting Brooklyn’s first-round pick and including it in a deal for Butler. He surmises that the inclusion of the Brooklyn pick -- protected or not -- might not come until the final minutes. 

“Look, if Butler gets traded or if Paul George gets traded, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Marc Stein responded. “It’s going to happen in the last five to 10 minutes, so Boston has to make a decision, and let's see if they’re doing the math that they’ve had these assets for a while and it is time to do something bold and the time is now. Really, I think Boston will do it. The question is what will Chicago or Indiana do? And those are two hard reads.” 

Stein spoke to the Celtics’ lack of activity at certain points, but he said that if the C’s do fail to come away with a star player Thursday, it won’t be for lack of aggressiveness. 

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“I think the Celtics are taking criticism for waiting, and they’ve had all these assets they haven’t moved yet, but I think the record shows that Danny Ainge in general, in total, is very aggressive, not afraid to roll the dice, not afraid to make the aggressive move,” Stein said. “So I have less doubt about Boston saying, ‘Let’s just do it.’ I have far more questions about what Chicago and/or Indiana would do.” 

Lowe said that he imagines the Bulls would “think about” trading the C's Butler if Boston threw in the Nets’ pick unprotected, but added that Chicago would demand to also take two players out of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

“I think that will be the offer and they’ll get there and Chicago will either have a moment where they say, ‘We walk away or we’ll do it.’ And Boston’s not going to throw in the other Nets pick,” Lowe said. “That’s just not going to happen.”

Rating the aforementioned foursome in terms of trade value, Lowe said that Crowder is the best piece because of his “ridiculously good” contract, followed by Brown, Smart and Bradley. 

Lowe added that he considers Bradley one of the “sneaky interesting pieces at this trade deadline” because his contract is up after next season, which is the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract expires. Lowe says that given the uncertainty of his future in Boston, he wouldn’t be overly surprised if Bradley is moved at the deadline. 

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline? 

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Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.

Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.   

Wrote Isola: 

Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.

‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.

‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’

This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.