The Celtics grabbed a pair Purdue teammates in the draft last night, taking 6-10 forward JaJuan Johnson, the Big Ten Player of the year, in the first round, and then taking his teammate, 6-4 guard E’Twaun Moore in the second round.
Both were seniors, a rarity for the draft these days, giving the Celtics two young, but experienced players to add to the roster.
Doc Rivers comes to love Purdue – With his son Jeremiah having played in the Big Ten against Purdue, Doc Rivers wasn’t a huge fan of Johnson and Moore. Chris Forsberg say that has already changed.
Celtics build for future while adding to present – Paul Flannery says that the Celtics took the initial steps in restructuring a team they still feel can compete for a championship.
Celtics covered in a guard-happy league – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics can feel good about their backcourt moving forward.
Purdue provides Moore than enough talent – Mark Murphy’s notebook hones in on the Celtics second round pick. The Celtics notebook from Fenton has the Purdue teammates looking forward to a pro reunion.
Murphy a fit for Bruins – Rick Rendell says that the Bruins need to take Ryan Murphy from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers with the ninth overall pick tonight.
After some fun, it’s back to work – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins getting back to business with the draft and free agency.
Bruins may not defend at draft – Steve Conroy says that the Bruins might not target a defenseman tonight.
Bruins draft primer: Potential first rounders – Joe Haggerty looks at the options for the B’s.
Wakefield returning to where it all began – Tim Britton has the knuckleballer returning to the city where he started his major league career.
Never losing sight of prize – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has Chris Balcom-Miller, the prospect they got from the Rockies for Manny Delcarmen rising in the Red Sox organization.
Josh Beckett’s illness creates flexibility – Silverman’s notebook says that Beckett having to miss another start might not be the worst thing in the world. The Globe Red Sox notebook has more on Beckett.
Passion is in fashion – Stan Grossfeld has a feature on Milan Lucic, Wes Welker, Kevin Youkilis, and Kevin Garnett as the emotional leaders of their teams.
Taste of ultimate victory was bittersweet for Arnold – Chad Finn talks to Dale Arnold about the Bruins Stanley Cup win, and his reduced role around it.
Media Roundup: With Bruins Parade Over, NFL Lockout Talk Heats Up – In my SB Nation Boston media column, I’m looking at progress in the labor talks starting not only when the lawyers were kicked out of the room, but when the talks were moved out of the media spotlight as well. I’m also not happy with Peter King, and have some final Bruins TV numbers from the Stanley Cup Finals.