More LeBron mania. Del Jones

More LeBron mania. Del Jones looks at the main attraction last night. Rob Bradford says LeBron lived up to the hype, but Marcus Banks held his own out there. Jeff Thomas says Banks stole the show. An uncredited article in The Enterprise looks at the evening at UMass-Boston. Jones also looks at the Celtics rookies who, overall, looked pretty solid last night.

Ray Duckler goes back in time to when the All Star game really did mean something. Bob Stern writes a love letter to Theo.


It was a stroke of

It was a stroke of genius by the Celtics to schedule their summer league during the baseball All Star break. Suddenly what are traditionally the slowest sports days of the year, have some significance. The Celtics summer squad won the game, but the focus was on LeBron. Peter May gives us a profile of the night that the # 1 pick had last night, noting that perhaps James doesn’t walk on water just yet. Lenny Megliola came away very impressed with LeBron last night, and not just for what he did on the court. Jim Donaldson can’t get enough of typing the name LeBron, saying that the youngster has all the markets cornered. Jeff Goldberg reports on the night had by LeBron, and makes it sound if he did indeed walk on water. Michael Gee files a short report on the evening as well. Mark Murphy focuses on the night that Celtics first round pick Marcus Banks had, who showed moments of his own flashes. Christopher Price notes that when Banks and James were both playing the point, Banks had the advantage. Shira Springer talks to Paul Pierce and gets his thoughts on Banks, Walker trade rumors, the Lakers, Nets and Karl Malone. Tim Weisberg says that Banks and the Celtics stole the show from LeBron. Kevin McNamara has more on LeBron. One disappointment from last night for Celtics fans has to be that they didn’t even let Lenny Cooke get off the bench. Springer also has a look at the impressive night of JR Bremer, who had 28 points. Murphy’s notebook also looks at Bremer.

The Manny/Pedro leaving early stuff still has legs, after discussing it ad nauseum for an entire day yesterday on WEEI, Dennis and Callahan picked up the torch again this morning. Yesterday afternoon, The Group on WWZN with Michael Holley, Michael Smith and Cedric Maxwell was a welcome respite. They focused mainly on the Summer League, and with Maxwell, talked a lot of Celtics. That’s why this town needs two sports radio stations. Gordon Edes looks at the fallout from the Sox star leaving, and has owner John W. Henry coming out in support of his stars. Michael Silverman also reports on Henry’s words on the matter. Tony Massarotti says that winning this All Star game means alot to a guy like Edgar Martinez, who would only be able to play three games in the World Series should the AL lose and the Mariners make it that far. Bill Reynolds touches on three topics, two of which are baseball related, as he says Grady is gone if the Sox don’t make the playoffs, and he also says Roger Clemens is overrated. Steven Krasner looks at Varitek and Nomar, both All Stars, and how they’ve known each other since 1991. Alex Speier says that Varitek has grown into an All Star. Edes looks at Nomar’s decision day, which is coming up, and how his dislike for the negativity of the Boston media just might be enough to make him leave. In fact, “One high-powered industry official” claims Nomar has already made up his mind to go to the West Coast. That same official knocks Nomar for being weak minded if he’s blaming the media. Jon Wallach looks at the Sox at the All Star break, and gives us some things to look for in the game tonight. Silverman reports on Barry Bonds taking aim at Babe Ruth, and talking about the racial history of the game. Silverman’s notebook looks at Varitek enjoying his trip to Chicago.

Steve Conroy and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins signing PJ Axelsson to a two year deal.

Bill Griffith looks at the Fox Sports Mike Tyson “Beyond the Glory” program tomorrow night, as well as ESPN’s “Pete Rose on Trial” (Thursday) In addition to Eddie Andelman being the jury foreman, Dan Shaughnessy will be a witness for the prosecution.

FOX has the MLB All Star game at 8:00

A disappointing end to the

A disappointing end to the first half of the season for the fans, but a fantastic finish for the media. Not only do they have an uninspired loss to talk about for three days, they also have their favorite whipping boys, Manny and Pedro to kick around for leaving the team early. A two in one deal. the newspaper guys do a reasonable job of playing it straight, especially since Gordon Edes told Bob Lobel last night that not a single writer believes Manny’s story of his sick mother. Michael Silverman says that despite yesterday, you should still be pretty satisfied with the first half of the season. Steven Krasner also says it was a pretty decent first half. Joe Burris says yesterday was a good time for the team to reach the break. David Heuschkel says the Sox find themselves in a familiar spot at the break. As for Manny and Pedro, Bob Hohler manages to get through his article with a straight face, as he reports on Manny calling in yesterday morning, and that Ramirez does have sort of a backer in David Ortiz. Tony Massarotti says that Grady and Theo are enablers to this sort of behavior. Krasner also has a look at the Red Sox lite edition that was trotted out yesterday. Massarotti hands out his first half grades for the ballclub. Hohler adds that there is still plenty of work to be done on this team. He also chronicles the best and worst five games of the first half. Jim Parker looks at Wilfredo Ledezma, former Sox minor leaguer who baffled them yesterday. Howard Bryant’s pay column has Sox owner John W. Henry very happy with his club’s first half performance. He feels no urgency to move on Pedro or Grady, but feels they’ll both be here beyond their current terms. Bryant goes on to discuss the Bill James article, and wonders if having James in the office is going to make Theo Epstein’s job harder when it comes to dealing with other clubs. James, he says, has engaged in “open and maverick condescension” towards other clubs’ methods and means. Yesterday, John Tomase looked at what minor leaguers the Sox might part with at the trading deadline. Burris’ notebook says Tim Wakefield was just in a no-win situation last night. Silverman’s notebook says Grady was fine with the early departures of yesterday. Krasner’s notebook looks at Wakefield’s lack of support, while Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the missing Dominicans.

LeBron fever hits hub. Bob Ryan looks at the most hyped young athlete in American history. In one part, Ryan compares what LeBron did with his high school team and compared it to Larry Bird’s Indiana State college team. Makes you pause for reflection. Steve Bulpett has Cavs GM (and former Celtic) Jim Paxson talking about LeBron’s maturity. Joe Sullivan provides a capsule look at the Celtics Summer league roster. The NY Daily News reports that the Knicks are still very interested in Antoine Walker. Jerry Trecker says LeBron isn’t the only attraction at the Reebok summer league. Michael O’Keeffe looks at put up or shut up day for Lenny Cooke.

With the Boston Metro web site having been down for a few days, there’s no link available, but in John Molori’s Media Blitz today, he reports that Mike Kellogg will be leaving 1510 the Zone at the end of this week. Molori also knocks a few people this week, including Eddie Andelman, Bob Neumeier, Greg Dickerson and Larry Johnson.

Football is right around the

Football is right around the corner. Don’t miss Tom Curran’s piece today about the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick over the years. Curran gets a lot of quotes from people familiar with both coaches and obviously put a lot of work into this feature. The article notes the Parcells likely has more bitter feelings towards Charlie Weis than he does towards Belichick. He can understand why Belichick did what he did, but Weis stabbed him in the back by testifying against the Tuna.

The other feature of the day worth reading is by Jackie MacMullan who looks at LeBron James, being counted upon to save the Cavs and possibly the NBA. He’s already being mentioned in the same sentences as Magic, Larry and Michael.