Danny Picard

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Danny Picard: Locking up Marcus Smart a no brainer for Celtics

On the same day that Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, it was reported that the Boston Celtics were in serious talks with restricted free agent Marcus Smart about a four-year deal that would pay him somewhere between $10 million and $13 million per year.   By the time you read...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:41 PM

Time is now for Red Sox David Price to get locked in

So much for that hundo I put on David Price to win the 2018 AL Cy Young award. In fairness, he was +2500 before the season began. And considering he was lights out in the previous postseason — as a reliever, of course — combined with the possible incentive of opting out of his...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:41 PM

Hanley Ramirez is no longer the Red Sox problem

So let me get this straight. Either Hanley Ramirez is dealing crack, or he’s not. Did I get that right?   Seems like a pretty vague assessment of the guy’s current status. But that’s the result of the questionable evidence in front of us. Either he’s involved in...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 4:01 PM

Danny Picard: Celtics should push hard for Kawhi

What exactly does Kawhi Leonard want?   Everyone seems to think they know. They tell us he wants to play in Los Angeles. They remind us that he quit on his team in San Antonio, that he doesn’t want to play for the Spurs anymore.   They all know him so well, we might as well just...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:53 PM

Danny Picard: Celtics do not owe Kyrie anything

Kyrie Irving is a smart guy. He thinks ahead. He seems very calculated in his decision making.   Those aren’t bad qualities to have as an NBA point guard. Those are also not bad qualities to have if you’re an elite NBA point guard who can opt out of his contract and become a free...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 4:54 PM

Danny Picard: LeBron to Celtics not as crazy as you think

No, I don’t think it’s crazy. In fact, it makes too much sense.   LeBron James to Boston. Make it happen.   When NBA free agency begins, it’ll be James’ decision. Does he stick with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $35.6 million player option, or does he...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:44 PM

Emergence of Celtics Jayson Tatum a glorious takeaway

Don’t expect me to sit here and cry about the Boston Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.   Being one win from the NBA Finals and then losing at home, that hurts. But considering the circumstances, I’m more than willing to tip my cap to LeBron James and move on...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:49 PM

The Celtics are the Golden State Warriors of the East

I already told you I didn’t see this coming. Not with Kyrie Irving out for the rest of the season.    But now that it’s happening, it’s time to face the facts: the Boston Celtics are the Golden State Warriors of the East.   That’s right, I said it. The...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:09 PM

Hey Brad Marchand - Your last lick should be your final lick

The Boston Bruins need Brad Marchand.   Let me make that perfectly clear, before you accuse me of trying to run him out of town. That, I am not.   The Bruins need Marchand. So I will not even listen to a conversation about a potential trade. I don’t care what you have coming...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:43 PM

Danny Picard: Terry Rozier draft pick was a steal for Celtics

Raise your hand if you saw this coming.   Put your arm down. You’re a liar.   You had no idea Terry Rozier would be dominating like this for the Boston Celtics in 2018, let alone in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Unless your name is Danny Ainge, of course.   Ainge drafted Rozier...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:44 PM

Picard: Celtics playoff success nothing but a tease

It feels like the biggest tease of all time. The Boston Celtics are one win away from defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in their first-round playoff series and advancing to the second round, where they’d be taking on the No. 3-seed Philadelphia 76ers. And regardless of all the praise, Philly is...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 2:29 PM

Picard: Rob Gronkowski embarrassing Patriots, exposing Tom Brady

He might have announced that he is coming back next year on Tuesday night, but Rob Gronkowski humiliated the New England Patriots over the weekend. In what was a major plug for Monster Energy and the sport of motorcycle racing, Gronkowski met with the media on Saturday at Gillette Stadium while...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:18 PM

Danny Picard: Siding with Bill Belichick over Tom Brady

In case there was any confusion, I’m Team Belichick.   And as we get closer to Training Camp for the 2018 NFL season, I’m becoming more adamant than ever before that Bill Belichick needs to take his team back. I just never thought I’d be turning my back on Tom Brady and Rob...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:43 PM

Giant opportunity for Bruins Tuukka Rask in NHL playoffs

Regardless of how you feel about the Boston Bruins’ goaltending situation, there’s no denying that Tuukka Rask now has a chance to silence the critics.   Keep in mind, I am not one of those critics. But they do exist, in much larger numbers than you might expect.   Rask is...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4:46 PM

Making sense of the Patriots, Brandin Cooks move

I’ll admit, I didn’t see it coming. But I probably should have.   The New England Patriots traded Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for a first-round pick (23rd overall) in the upcoming Draft. The Pats also sent a fourth-rounder (136 overall) to the Rams while...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 4:53 PM

Red Sox David Price has every incentive to be dominant this year

Only David Price knows what he wants. But we all know that after this season, he has options.   Next winter, Price can choose to either stay in Boston for the final four years of his seven-year, $217 million deal, or he can pack his bags and escape while he has the chance.   Price has...

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 6:53 PM

Bruins or Celtics - Which Boston sports team can win it all?

These are strange times for the Celtics and Bruins.   Just weeks before the playoffs, both teams are dealing with serious injuries. The likes of which, you can’t possibly prepare for. Yet, both teams are still very much able to make things interesting the next few months, when their...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 4:36 PM

NFL free agency is business as usual for Patriots

It’s either falling apart, or business as usual in Foxboro right now. Excuse me while I put my money on the latter.   Look, I’m not here to be a cheerleader. I’m just here to remind you. I’m here to break this thing down for what it actually is. It’s a business...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:26 PM

For Red Sox it is all about Hanley Ramirez this MLB season

I don’t enjoy watching Spring Training baseball. The rosters are too deep. The results are meaningless. Quite frankly, it’s a waste of my time.   When Opening Day arrives, I’m all in. The MLB regular season is long, too long, 162 games long. But when rosters are cut down...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 1:56 PM

Patriots wont let Rob Gronkowski leave

By now, we’ve all put ourselves in Rob Gronkowski’s shoes.    Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on his body. He wants to control his own training regimen. He’s highly underpaid. He enjoys acting. And his interest in the WWE is real.   It’s led to rampant...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:19 PM