Danny Picard

Sports Reporter

Danny Picard: No beef with LeBron? Bank on Kyrie to LA

Is it July 1 yet? That’s the day NBA free agency officially begins. It’s also the day that Kyrie Irving told us all about, back in February. “Ask me on July 1,” he said, when grilled about whether or not he’d re-sign with the Boston Celtics. There’s no word on if Irving will be made available to...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:24 PM

Danny Picard: Time for Celtics and Kyrie Irving to part ways

It was worth a shot, but in the end, the Kyrie Irving experiment in Boston was a failure. And it’s safe to say that the experiment is over. At least, it should be over. Nothing has been finalized, of course. NBA free agency doesn’t officially begin until July 1. But that hasn’t halted speculation...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:54 PM

Danny Picard: Right now its Tuukka and the Bruins' Cup to lose

From one Cinderella to the next, the Boston Bruins find themselves going up against another Wild Card team in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. This time, it’s in the form of the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina was the top Wild Card team in the East. They are the No. 7 seed. Boston is essentially...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 5:38 PM

Danny Picard: Marcus Smart is the Bucks worst nightmare

Ok, so it’s not necessarily the Battle of Winterfell, but the Milwaukee Bucks should still fear the return of the injured Boston Celtics guard, if he is able to make an appearance during their second-round playoff series. Entering Friday night’s Game 3 at the TD Garden in Boston, the series is...

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 8:52 AM

Danny Picard: Bruins now with great chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup

This is an opportunity that the Boston Bruins just have to take advantage of. With the No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Lightning being swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the No. 8 seed Columbus Blue Jackets were waiting patiently to see who their opponent would be in the second round....

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 10:08 PM

Danny Picard: Chris Sale is right - Red Sox are an embarrassment

Chris Sale is right. This is embarrassing. The Boston Red Sox’ ace said just as much after the team’s 12th loss of the season on Tuesday night — an 8-0 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx. It was Sale’s fourth loss of the season, as he allowed four earned runs on a solo home run and seven...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 3:05 PM

Danny Picard: Now is time for Bruins Tuukka Rask to earn his trump card

I don’t get involved in political banter. As some would say, I “stick to sports.” And I’m perfectly fine with that. But for the last couple years, the Tuukka Rask debate has reached an American-politics level of absurdity. From the Rask haters who claim he can’t steal a big game, to the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:42 AM

Danny Picard: Red Sox front office hitting home runs unlike team

It’s a tough year to argue any Major League Baseball contract given to an impact player that’s under $200 million. That being said, the Boston Red Sox should be praised for what they’ve accomplished over the last month. On the field, it hasn’t looked pretty for the Sox, who’ve struggled...

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 8:55 AM

Is Rob Gronkowski mulling comeback with Patriots already?

Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement. But I have some questions. Before I go any further, allow me to put out this disclaimer: Yes, I do care about Gronkowski’s health. And no, I am not saying he’s a coward for choosing to walk away from the game of football at just 29 years of age. It’s a...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5:43 PM

Danny Picard: Mookie Betts has earned right to cash in with Red Sox

Mookie Betts wants to be treated fairly.  That’s what he told reporters on Wednesday, a day after Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a 12-year, $430 million extension, the largest contract in the history of North American sports. Betts never said he wanted out of Boston...

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 9:21 AM

Danny Picard: Patriots NFL free agency silence again a winning formula

By now, you either trust Bill Belichick or you don’t. I’m Team Belichick. Another round of Kool-aid on me. Drink up. My tab’s open. Seems like a yearly ritual, where I have to still try and convince some in New England that Belichick knows what he’s doing. He does have a plan.  And...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 5:12 PM

Bruins should have traded for Wayne Simmonds: Picard

It’s always a good thing to be active at the trade deadline, especially if you’re in the buyer’s market. The Boston Bruins were just that, acquiring two offensive pieces prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline. The first trade was made last Wednesday, as the B’s added 26-year-old forward Charlie Coyle...

Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:48 PM

Chris Sale deserves his pay day right now: Picard

Chris Sale deserves to get paid. The problem for the Boston Red Sox is, there are several other players who are also deserving of the same. Sale will be a free agent next winter. So will Xander Bogaerts and Rick Porcello. And if J.D. Martinez wants to opt out of his five-year, $110 million...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:22 AM

Celtics must make Jayson Tatum untouchable: Picard

Jayson Tatum should be untouchable. Yes, this is coming from someone who wanted Danny Ainge to keep the No. 1 overall pick two years ago and draft Markelle Fultz. I was wrong. Ainge was right. Here’s hoping the Boston Celtics get it right again. They’ll do so by holding on to Tatum. Ainge will...

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11:11 AM

Patriots Rams Super Bowl LIII breakdown: Defense

Defense wins championships, so they say. When comparing just the on-field personnel of the two defenses in Super Bowl LIII, it’s a complete toss up as to who has the edge this Sunday in Atlanta. All things considered, there’s no denying Bill Belichick’s impact on the Patriots’ defense. And...

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:58 AM

Kyrie and LeBron on Lakers? We should've seen it coming: Picard

It would be a script that’s only meant for Hollywood. Kyrie Irving and LeBron James reuniting. Not in an Uncle Drew sequel, but in real life, in Los Angeles, with the Lakers. Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reported on Tuesday, “a source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:55 PM

Old Rams will help today's Patriots in Super Bowl LIII: Picard

Former Rams are about to ruin it for the current Rams. Those who were part of St. Louis’ football organization during the 2001 season, their belief is that the New England Patriots’ dynasty should’ve never even begun on Feb. 3, 2002. For they believe they were cheated out of...

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:25 AM

Messy Celtics getting reprieve thanks to Patriots: Picard

If anybody should be pulling for the New England Patriots to win Sunday’s AFC Championship and extend their season to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, it’s Brad Stevens. The Boston Celtics coach could use a couple more weeks to fix the mess he has on his hands at the moment. Perhaps...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:23 PM

Philip Rivers will choke against Patriots in playoffs: Picard

I had a feeling the New England Patriots would somehow run into the Los Angeles Chargers during this year’s NFL playoffs.    My sense, though, was that they would meet in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium after the Patriots would defeat Houston and the Chargers would...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 2:28 PM

Where is ESPN's update on Patriots demise?

Remember when the New England Patriots were all but finished?  There was “a palpable sense in the building” last season that the 2017 Patriots season would be the final installment of the dynasty, according to a wild report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham that was released a...

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 8:14 AM