Rajon Rondo Lists Bulls Roster Hierarchy; Somewhat Contradicts Himself

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“The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team,” newly minted Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo told reporters today. He was referring to himself, Jimmy Butler and just announced signing Dwyane Wade. 

“Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team,” Rondo said before later contradicting himself. The NBA leader in assists last season was asked who the big dog was going to be.  “Obviously it’s Jimmy’s team,” he responded.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here. It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

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Celtics sideline reporter Kristine Leahy now covering Army Football

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With the Boston Celtics reaching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this past spring,  a Kristine Leahy post is long overdue; she is a local product after all. If you don’t know by now, Kristine Leahy is currently a Sports Anchor and Reporter for Fox25 in Boston. She’s also done NCAA Tournament work for CBS and Turner Sports. Prior to joining Fox, she served as the in-arena and CelticsTV hostess for the Boston Celtics.

According to her official website’s bio page, sports were always a big part of Kristine Leahy’s life as a kid growing up in Chicago.

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Celtics sign SG-Jason Terry, Pacers re-sign PG-George Hill

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Celtics sign SG-Jason Terry to 3-year, $15.7 million deal
The Celtics starting five played exceptionally well this season but Boston lacked any real scoring pop off their bench.  Enter Jason Terry.  One of the top bench scorers in the NBA the past few seasons, The Jet will provide that punch especially if Ray Allen ends up signing elsewhere. The C’s still want to bring Allen back but if they are unable to, Terry serves as a solid replacement.

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How Derrick Rose’s injury ultimately impacted the NBA playoffs

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Now that Miami has clinched the NBA Finals with a decisive Game 5 victory, we can most accurately assess what impact Derrick Rose’s knee injury may have had in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  Think back nearly two months ago, when Chicago (50-16) was the NBA’s top seed—holding the tiebreaker over San Antonio thanks to a head-to-head victory—with its star point guard seemingly back at full strength.  With minutes remaining in Game 1 against Philadelphia, Rose landed awkwardly and tore his ACL, ending his season and the Bulls’ chances at a title.

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Top 25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA: 15-11

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This is the third installment of my five-part series of ‘Top 25 Toughest Players to Guard in the NBA. Today, players 15-11 are unveiled. Feel free to leave a comment!

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Bulls Derrick Rose named among best all-time McDonald’s All-Americans

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The McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its list of the 35 Greatest McDonald’s All Americans, released in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Game. The list is comprised of some of the top names in basketball history, a veritable basketball pantheon, including six players with Chicago connections (Isiah Thomas (1979), Glenn ‘Doc’ Rivers (1980), Michael Jordan (1981), Kevin Garnett (1995), Jay Williams (1999) and Derrick Rose (2007).

Rose, Williams and Jordan, obviously, have suited up for the Bulls. Chicago hosts the Boston Celtics tonight at the United Center, so there will be a special ceremony, as Celtics Coach Doc Rivers will be joined (in addition to Garnett) Paul Pierce who is on the list below.

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Let the HYPE Begin!

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That sound you heard towards the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Heat-Sixers game was the collective pumping of fists from ESPN, ABC and TNT executives, not to mentions those in the NBA’s offices in New York.

Yes, the league’s hype meter is about to be sent into overdrive as Miami’s Big Three (more like a Big Two) clinched a playoff date with the Boston Celtics in a star-studded second round tilt that has been anticipated since the two teams met on October 26 to kick off the regular season (an 88-80 Celtics’ win).

We know that there will be plenty of breathless analysis over how LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will fare against Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, not to mention the James-Delonte West angle and former teammates opposing one another or taking on their former club (James and Shaquille O’Neal, Eddie House and Boston and Chris Bosh and Jermaine O’Neal, just to name a few).
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Rajon Rondo Needs A Rest Before Celtics Playoff Run

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Rajon Rondo is “playing hurt”, says Kevin Garnett. “No, he’s fine – nothing’s wrong,” says Doc Rivers. So, who is telling the truth about Boston Celtics point guard? Should we believe a teammate or the coach? It’s a tough call, but maybe Kevin’s let slip a little too much detail while Doc is making a belated attempt at damage limitation.

If Rondo is injured, the last thing Celtics coach Rivers wants opponents to know is that very fact. Rivers was yesterday asked by a journalist if Garnett was wrong to state that the 25-year-old Kentuckian was unfit and provided a terse: “Yeah, he is.”

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Bulls Take Over 1st in East, Celtics Doc Rivers Shows Great Respect

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It was a day of mixed results for Glenn “Doc” Rivers, the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. The Chicago native returned home to be with (and congratulate) his son Austin Rivers, as he was named winner of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award today for his accomplishments on and off the court. He is after all, the #1 college basketball recruit in the nation (headed to Duke).

Obviously, that’s the highlight of his day. Here’s the bad.

With the Chicago Bulls (48-18) win over the Washington Wizards, his Boston Celtics (47-18) are now currently seeded #2 in the NBA‘s Eastern Conference.

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