Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?


Wakeup Call: Is there a Bear market for Tebow?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 17:

Forget about Michael Morse coming to the Red Sox; he's been traded to Seattle. (AP)

And forget about Aaron Cook returning to the Red Sox; he's signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies. (AP)

Now we know why the Giants didn't bring back Brian Wilson. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Just because you're building for the future doesn't mean you can't win now. Right, Theo? (CSN Chicago)

Because if you're the manager and general manager of a team that wins while building for the future, you might get a nice long contract extension . . . like Buck and The Duke. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of nice long contracts, how about five years and 55 milliion for Matt Harrison? (AP)

Derek Jeter, recuperating from the broken ankle he suffered in the ALDS, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. (AP)

A-Rod came through surgery fine. (AP)

Happy 20th season, Darren Oliver. (AP)

C'mon, Maryland. Storming the court because you beat a 14th-ranked team? Really? (CSN Baltimore)

The outmanned Kansas State women decided to try a unique strategy against No. 1 Baylor: Hoist up the 3s -- 44 of them, to be exact -- and see what happens. Didn't work, but at least their 90-69 loss was interesting. (AP)

How could questions not remain about the bizarre Manti Te'o tale? (NBC's College Football Talk)

USC turns into Spin City after reports surface of an "altercation" in the locker room following the Trojans' loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. (College Football Talk)

Let Katharine Webb's 15 minutes of fame begin: She's been chosen to cover the Super Bowl for 'Inside Edition'. Here's hoping she sends a thank-you note to Brent Musburger . . . (NBC's Off The Bench)

The rats continue their leap off the sinking ship. (AP)

No surprise, then, that the sinking ship didn't turn up in the top four on the list of conferences generating the most revenue. (AP)

A scooter?? (AP)

Nice try, Lance, but nobody's buying when you're selling. (CSN Bay Area)

Jason Dufner watched how the Europeans picked their Ryder Cup captain and wondered: Why don't we do it like that? (AP)

What's all the fuss? Ilya Kovalchuk says he was contractually obligated to leave Russia and rejoin the Devils when the lockout ended. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Evgeni Malkin's back, too, and he's happy to be here. (AP)

Contract length was the hill the owners said they'd die on, and then the Devils marched right up that hill yesterday in handing Travis Zajac an eight-year deal. (AP)

Jarome Iginla returns to the ice after missing time because of a groin injury and promises he'll be ready for the Flames' opener on Saturday. (AP)

Not many hockey players would choose Phoenix over Toronto -- in terms of history and fan passion, if not climate -- but Mathew Lombardi is thrilled to be heading back to the Coyotes after a miserable season with the Maple Leafs. (AP)

'Melo goes all "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" with James Dolan. (AP)

If Kevin Durant wins the scoring title, he'll be the only 180 shooter in league history to do so. You'll have to click the link if you want to know more, because my head's kind of spinning trying to figure out a way to explain it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Now here are some scoring statistics that a basketball Luddite like me understands. (AP)

Let's talk winning streaks: It's 13 straight at home for the Spurs . . . (AP)

. . . but the Nets' overall streak ends at seven, and the Nuggets' is snapped at six. (AP)

The Heat are in L.A. tonight, and Pau Gasol says he's playing. (AP)

It's back to the sidelines for the always injured Stephen Curry. (AP)

Well, well. Does Marc Trestman's hiring by the Bears open a new door for Tim Tebow? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like it closed one for Rod Marinelli. (Pro Football Talk)

Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia talking about Santa Claus . . . and when it comes to Santa and Philly, you know what that means. (CSN Philly)

Coaches are famous for using any motivational tool they can think of, but Jim Harbaugh -- "Everything doesn't need a purpose" -- says he distributed the 49ers' high school photos and pre-college football rankings just for the fun of it. (CSN Bay Area)

Mike Smith says he expects the injured John Abraham to play Sunday. Of course, he also listed Abraham as having "limited participation" in the Falcons' practice session Wednesday when, in fact, Abraham didn't practice at all. (AP)

Seeing him get fired with a month to go in the season, and then watching the team that fired him advance to the conference finals (at least), apparently soured the Jets on Cam Cameron. (Pro Football Talk)

They're not sugar-coating anything in Pittsburgh, that's for sure. (AP)

Eli Manning's consolation for the Giants' late-season collapse: A trip to Hawaii. (AP)

You can build that massive new stadium if you want, Las Vegas, but the NFL's still not going to hold any events there. (Pro Football Talk)

Caroline Wozniacki -- you know, Rory McIlroy's girlfriend -- won her match in 106-degree heat at the Australian Open. (AP)

Venus Williams wins, but what a reward: A third-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. (AP)

Tatum 'can't wait' for new challenge with Celtics

Tatum 'can't wait' for new challenge with Celtics

BOSTON – While the newest Boston Celtics were scattered about while at a community service event, 19-year-old Jayson Tatum was sitting in a really comfortable-looking chair, resting. 

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind unlike any he had ever experienced, beginning with the pre-draft process, to workouts, to the draft itself and all the appearances and media engagements that have followed. 

“It’s a lot,” Tatum, grinning, told CSNNE.com. “But I’m taking it one day at a time.”

That steady-as-she-goes approach served him well during his lone season at Duke. 

Keeping an even-keeled approach will bode well for him as he gears up for his first taste of NBA basketball beginning with summer league practice this week in preparation for next week’s summer league action which begins in Salt Lake City. 

Boston’s summer league opener will be July 3 against Philadelphia and the top overall pick Markelle Fultz, at the University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Tatum, who has not played in a five-on-five game since Duke’s loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament, is admittedly excited to get back on the floor this week. 

“I can’t wait,” he said. 

Celtics Nation feels the same way about Tatum, selected with the third overall pick in last week’s NBA draft. 

Although it’s only a preseason game, there will be expectations and with that, possibly some added pressure for Tatum to show he was such a coveted player by the Celtics. 

“That’s why Duke helped me a lot,” he told CSNNE.com. “Duke, the best program in college basketball, we were always on the national spotlight good or bad, whether we were winning or losing. That will help me a lot preparing for the Boston Celtics.”

And like Duke, Tatum will have to fight his way on to the court although he readily admits the challenge is much greater in the NBA. 

“Isaiah Thomas, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder … we didn’t have those guys at Duke,” Tatum said. “It’s gonna be tough; just try my best and get in where I fit in.”

Tatum said he will at times lean on his more experienced teammates, one of which was a former teammate of his – sort of – in Jaylen Brown. 

“I’ve known Jaylen for a while,” Tatum said. “We played with and against each other in high school at AAU camps. 

Tatum added, “at the AAU camps, sometimes we were on the same team and sometimes we were not.”

While much has been made about how the two are similar, Tatum sees both having strengths that complement, rather than compete, with each other. 

“He’s further along than Jaylen was skill-wise and he’s not as far along as Jaylen physically,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “Again, he’s 19 years old. I don’t want to put any expectations … I want to give him time to grow. We’ll see. He’ll definitely have a role, get a chance to play. And how well he performs is up to him.”

Tatum’s assessment of his game and Brown’s goes as follows:

“He’s a lot stronger, bigger than me,” Tatum, who is 6-foot-8, 204 pounds, acknowledged. “He’s much more athletic. Offensively, I think that’s what I excel in, being smooth and my ability to score. I can just learn from him, the things that he went through last year.”

One of the things he has already picked up on, is that Brown is a pretty smart – and at times clever – dude. 

Not long after Tatum picked jersey number 11, Brown, who wears number 7, took to social media and came up with a 7-11 theme that has already lead to some pretty snazzy t-shirt designs. 

“I thought it was funny,” Tatum said. “It’s catchy; I like it.”

And the Celtics really like Tatum’s game which has been compared at times to former Celtic great Paul Pierce. 

“I hate to make those comparisons when kids are 19 and let his game evolve into whatever it is,” Ainge said. “The similarity is they have good footwork. They both have really good ways to create space for shots. But the similarity … they’re both very good defensive rebounders. Those are two things that stand out to me with Jayson that are Paul characteristics.”

Tatum knows he’s a long way from being in the same company as Celtic royalty such as Pierce. 

Before then he must first earn minutes on the floor which will not be an easy task. 

But Tatum’s demeanor, much like his game, has seemingly always been a bit more mature than most of his fellow basketball brethren. 

Tatum credits his parents, Justin Tatum and Brandy Cole.

“They raised me to be different, be more mature and stand out above the crowd and be my own person and be comfortable in my skin,” Tatum said. “That’s how I’ve always been.”

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How does the Chris Paul trade affect the Celtics?

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0:41 - Tom Curran, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Rockets acquiring Chris Paul and how that trade can actually have an affect on the Celtics plans.

5:06 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to talk about if the Celtics are the front runners for Paul George, what would be too much to give up to the Pacers, and why it’s important to sign Hayward before trading for George.

11:21 - Evan Drellich joins from Fenway Park to discuss Rick Porcello getting his 10th loss of the season and if the struggling offense might be a season-long problem. 

14:58 - Tom Curran and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Nate Burleson saying that Julian Edelman is the most under-appreciated receiver in the last 10 years.