Mike Fine looks at the Pistons winning the NBA title, and says that even with the example of Detroit to follow, the Celtics are light years away from becoming a contender. Matt Bonesteel is begging Doc Rivers to stay on as an ABC broadcaster and not coach the Celtics.

David Perry looks at the book Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto written by his Lowell Sun colleague Rob Bradford. Tom Caron has his NESN Mailbag, and opens by poking fun at the Internet message board controversy. Eric Wilbur considers trading Nomar. Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at the slow start by Nomar in his return. Jack Curry of the NY Times (registration required) has a look at Curt Schilling, that he has endeared himself to Sox fans and also talks some about the SoSH incident. Peter Gammons said that Buck Showalter had the following to say on Schilling:

"I don't know anyone with a bigger heart than Curt, and he wears his heart on his sleeve because he is so passionate about everything. Some people don't like the fact that he tells it as he believes it is, isn't afraid to tell it anyone, and that he's right more than most of us."

What? Could reporters not like Schilling because he’s smarter than they are?

Peter Kerasotis reports that Mark and Bobby-Jo Ferrell have dropped their efforts to have Ted Williams’ remains taken out of Alcor.

Terry McCormick reports that Neil O’Donnell has rejected overtures from the Patriots to join them as a backup QB. Andy Hart of Patriots.com also has a look at O’Donnell and if the Pats might’ve been interested. Out in Chicago, Bob LeGere has the story of former Patriots practice squad player (he was active in one game this past season) Jamin Elliott, who is wondering why he didn’t get a Super Bowl ring. Larry Weisman of USA Today has a look at NFL players serving as interns preparing for a post playing career. Featured prominently in the article is the Patriots’ Jarvis Green. Pat Kirwan has an overview of the AFC East.

Michael Felger in the print edition of the Herald this morning reported that Tedy Bruschi has agreed to a contract extension with the Patriots that keeps him here through 2007. The story never made it to the on-line edition. If you go to the NFLPA website, you can get the breakdown of the numbers for the new deal.

The Washington Post reports in it’s NBA notebook that the Celtics have targeted Wizards forward Etan Thomas as someone they would use their mid-level exception this summer on.