Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do Celtics, Anyone, Have a Chance Against Golden State This Year



By Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam)

Why the Warriors’ Chances at 2018 Title are Still Sky High
While Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks dominate the current NBA news, the Warriors are readying themselves to defend their second championship in the last three years as the NBA’s heavy favorite to win the 2018 Finals.

Golden State is getting the band back together after registering the league’s best offensive efficiency, effective field goal percentage and true-shooting percentage during last year’s regular season. Although they were the Western Conference’s worst squad in terms of defensive rebounding, they were among the league’s top teams on the defensive end of the basketball.

Friday, July 14, 2017

After a Busy Offseason, What Can We Really Expect from the Celtics?

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been hoarding assets and promising fireworks for years now. Did he deliver this offseason?
By Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam)

One year ago, I wrote about how the Celtics, who had just signed Al Horford, were in talks to bring in either Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin.

We now know that those acquisitions were long shots, but the Celtics’ transaction buzz remains ongoing.

After signing Gordon Hayward and trading Avery Bradley, the Celtics are rumored to be in the market for three-time All-Star, and 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol.

After a seemingly successful draft and early offseason, the Celtics are Las Vegas’ third-most likely team to win a title, at 15-to-2 odds for the NBA championship.

However, just like 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers lurk at 5-to-1 odds for the title, and LeBron’s squad has overwhelming odds at winning the conference. Can Boston get over that hump in the East?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

RADIO: The ESPN Layoffs and the Future of Sports Journalism (with guests David Lombardi & Jashvina Shah)

ESPN reporter David Lombardi documented his guest spot on the show with this lovely selfie.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

This week on "The Local Sports Lunchbox" on WPKZ, I'm joined in studio by ESPN reporter David Lombardi. David and I discuss the recent layoffs at ESPN and Fox Sports, the current state of sports journalism, and the future of the industry, along with our thoughts on how sports, politics and social issues blend together in modern media.

We also welcomed in freelance reporter Jashvina Shah, a woman with experience in multiple sports journalism business models, having written for established sites, startups, and her own subscription-based site for Princeton hockey. Shah is also the host and founder of the new "Stick to Sports" podcast, where she breaks down social issues affecting sports, and society at large. As an Indian woman, Shah shared with us some of the unique challenges she faces in a male-dominated industry, and why she sticks with it, despite those challenges.

For all that, and much more, listen in below!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bob Lobel: More Excitement than Boston Planned for this Summer


By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Back with, hopefully, something to say. 

This seems like a no action spring and summer, but look more closely. The NBA has had a much more exciting and event filled offseason than anything that happened during the regular season and playoffs. Yes, the finals were eye-opening to many who had no clue about the skill set it takes to play championship basketball in this era. Now we all know it’s a skill that borders on the unbelievable, with the remarkable talent that it takes to win. 

Remarkable.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

RADIO: Grafton Lacrosse & Chris Kyne from the T&G

Brothers Tom (3) and Matt Nicalek helped anchor another outstanding Grafton defense.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

On this week's episode of "The Local Sports Lunchbox" on WPKZ, Grafton lacrosse stars Tom Nicalek, Brendan Coates and Matt Nicalek call in to discuss the Indians' three consecutive runs to the state championship game.

Then, Chris Kyne from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette phones in to tie a bow on the 2016-17 academic and athletic campaign, discussing the top players, teams and games from a remarkable year in CMass sports.

AListen in for all that, and more, below.