In their own words: Celtics and Nets react to fight

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In their own words: Celtics and Nets react to fight

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets reacted to Wednesday night's altercation in which Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace were ejected in the second quarter. See what players from both sides had to say following the Nets 95-83 win.

Courtney Lee: "That shows signs of us being together. It was a negative situation that definitely our team, I know KG and I know Rondo, didnt want to be a part of, but it happened in the moment. Thats the leader of our team, so I feel that he did the right thing. Im sure there will be consequences from it but it just shows us being together."

Jeff Green: "It's not us. That's about it."

Andray Blatche: "Thats what family and brotherhood is all about. That was probably the biggest thing Ive seen so far. We all had each others backs out there on that court. Im not surprised at all. When that happened, I saw Rondo going at Humph. I knew everybody was about to have his back.

Jason Collins: "It happens. I've seen it lots of times over the course of my career. That's part of the game. Rajon was going in there and sticking up for his teammate like any good leader would do."

Joe Johnson: "Just protect yourself at all times. We were in a situation where we had our brother out there battling and he had to protect himself. From that aspect like I said its pretty understandable. Were not a team thats gonna be pushed around or back down from anybody. I was proud of our guys tonight and the way we fought.

Jason Terry: "Being a veteran, I want to first protect my teammates and make sure no one was injured. After that, whatever happens happens. I'm more of a peacemaker at this point in my career. If this was five years ago, I might have thrown the first punch (laughs). I've got to watch myself now but at the same time I definitely want to protect my teammates first."

Jerry Stackhouse: "That team has a lot of pride. I think that's why emotions got kind of high there for a minute. We could have gone the other way in the second half when something like that happens. It can inspire a team and we could have had some letdowns. But we came out and withstood a little mini-run they had at the start of the third, and then got some separation again."

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.”