Rozier Rising to the Occasion in Playoffs

WALTHAM, Mass. – Al Horford had a hunch that Terry Rozier was going to make a major postseason impact for the Boston Celtics. The veteran big man stated ahead of Boston’s first-round series with the Chicago Bulls that he believed the second-year point guard did not reach his peak playing level during the regular season…

Terry Rozier Ready to Step up in Playoffs

BOSTON — Terry Rozier knows better than anybody how quickly a player can be thrust from the background into the limelight in the NBA playoffs. A year ago, Rozier was a rookie point guard who had barely played for the Celtics in the regular season. But a hamstring injury to Avery Bradley late in Game…

Derrick Jones Oozes Potential

Upside and potential are ideals which see NBA general managers fired often. Drafting young men who are age 19-22 is a tricky proposition, because while there are numerous draft models and projections, there is no definitive guarantee of what any one player will become. Innate, unteachable skills — like athleticism — often catch the eyes…

At NFL Combine, Shell Embraces Role as Underdog

INDIANAPOLIS — For media interviews at the NFL Combine, the hierarchy is such that the top prospects are reserved a podium to address questions. Lesser-valued players are assigned to small tables in the corner of the conference hall. While projected first-rounders Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford stood a few feet…

Who Is Derrick Jones Jr.?

Almost every day this month, I had to answer the same question. And look, yeah, I understand the curiosity. “I don’t know yet,” I kept saying. Over and over. Which was true. But the same question just kept coming at me and I could only delay so long. I knew the curiosity was coming from…

Rozier’s Patience Pays Off

BOSTON – Celtics coach Brad Stevens felt his team needed a jolt. It was early in the second half and his squad was down double-digits to one of the worst teams in the NBA on Friday night at TD Garden. So the coach looked down the bench and called on the player he thought he…

Wendell Smallwood No Longer Feeling Like a Rookie

As the Eagles prepared to face the Green Bay Packers last week, rookie Wendell Smallwood readied himself for a big role. Then he got just nine carries. It wasn’t that those carries went elsewhere, it was that the Eagles got away from the run game early in the 27-13 loss to the Packers despite being…

Steelers Sign Shaquille Riddick to Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers filled the two open spots on their practice squad on Tuesday as defensive back Mike Hilton and outside linebacker Shaquille Riddick were both signed. Hilton entered the league this year as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He recorded 225 total tackles during his four seasons at…

Trey Lewis Named German League All-Star

Former Louisville star Trey Lewis was named to the international team in the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game next month in Bonn, Germany. Lewis averages 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for third-place Medi Bayreuth. Former Kentucky forward Darius Miller was also named to the team and will start. By Jeff Greer, Courier…

The Virtue of Patience: Witnessing Terry Rozier’s Growth

Terry Rozier is finally showing the development that Danny Ainge expected when he was selected in the first round

Two summers ago, the Boston Celtics drafted Terry Rozier with the sixteenth overall pick. The move was largely panned by fans and pundits. Boston’s roster at the time already included several small guards, and both the team’s best player, Isaiah Thomas, and the man everyone hoped was its star in the making, Marcus Smart, played the same position as Rozier. It seemed fair to suggest tha the Celtics could have used their pick on a position of greater need, be it a bigger wing, or a potential rim protector.

NAZ Suns Announce Opening Day Roster

The Northern Arizona Suns announced their 2016-17 roster today. The announcement comes after a week-long training camp.

Northern Arizona entered training camp with 16 players, including affiliate players, local tryout players, returning players and players selected in the 2016-17 D-League draft.

4 players were cut at the end of training camp. Bo Barnes, Mikh McKinney, Langston Morris-Walker and Waly Niang were all cut by the team to trim the roster to 12.

Celtics exercise team options on Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier

The Celtics made two moves Monday night that give insight into general manager Danny Ainge’s vision for the future, exercising the 2017-18 options on the contracts of Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.

In addition, Ainge declined to pick up the fourth year option on Smart’s fellow draftee James Young, and didn’t extend Kelly Olynyk as other teams hurried to extend their ’13 draft picks before the midnight deadline last night.

Grizzlies’ JaKarr Sampson: Signs with Grizzlies

Sampson signed with the Grizzlies on Friday.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s most likely that Sampson signed a non-guaranteed deal and was signed in the hopes that he would ultimately join the Grizzlies D-League team. With Memphis’ roster at 20 players and just fives days till the start of the regular season, don’t expect Sampson to be a mainstay on the team’s final 15-man roster.

Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier the biggest surprise for Boston Celtics so far

Since the beginning of summer league, Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier has created opportunities, made shots and provided steady evidence he’s ready for an important second-unit role.

After a largely quiet rookie season, Rozier’s quick improvements have eased concerns about filling Evan Turner’s playmaking and impressed a lot of people, including Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Bucs plan to sign John Hughes

The Buccaneers are signing veteran defensive lineman John Hughes.

The Bucs are the third team for Hughes in two weeks. He was cut by the Browns, then signed by the Patriots early last week but was released before the end of the week.

The Patriots had held out at least some hope that they could bring back Hughes this week, a source told PFT, but he saw the opportunity for immediate playing time and more certainty with the Bucs, who have been hit hard by injuries across the defensive line.

Former NFL head coach prepared rookie safety Wilson for the Jaguars

Few college players have the luxury of playing for a former NFL head coach prior to their jump to the professional ranks.

New Jacksonville Jaguars safety Jarrod Wilson got his chance to play for a proven NFL play-caller in his senior season at Michigan. In his final year in Ann Arbor, Wilson played under the tutelage of former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Eagles pick West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood, TCU tackle in NFL draft

The Eagles selected West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Smallwood, a Wilmington native, came with the No. 153 overall pick. The 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back led the Big 12 in rushing last season with 1,519 rushing yards. He added nine touchdowns and caught 26 passes out of the backfield, leaving West Virginia after his junior season. Smallwood ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the combine.

Two Days Til Sixers: JaKarr Sampson’s NBA Potential

Expectations were fairly low for JaKarr Sampson when he joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of training camp last year, and rightfully so. The lanky sophomore out of St. John’s was nothing but length, hops and goofy hair (RIP), and seamlessly filled into the “athletically gifted, bankrupt of talent” archetype that’s engulfed every cynical narrative surrounding the team and inspired more hot takes than not.

Soaking wet amid cheers, Rozier gets drafted

The crowd of family and friends who came to the sprawling, immaculate home of Terry Rozier’s agent to watch Thursday’s NBA draft couldn’t handle the tension any longer.

They had gathered around a television by the backyard pool, and Rozier’s agent, Aaron Turner, told them to tuck away their phones. Good news was coming any minute, he said.

Orange’s Turner scores as agent for NBA players

For Aaron Turner, it all began at age 4. Turner’s grandfather, Arthur Brud, brought Turner along to the Cleveland Cavaliers team luncheons. These were regularly held events at which fans could pick the brains of their favorite Cavaliers. At one of these, Turner took full advantage of the opportunity, stood up in front of hundreds of people, grabbed the microphone and asked Cavaliers point guard Mark Price what key fundamentals he focused on when working to improve the mechanics of his outside shot.

On that day, Turner’s question turned the heads of nearly everybody in the room.

Terry Rozier, Wayne Blackshear sign with same agent

Former Louisville players Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear have both signed with agent Aaron Turner of Verus Management Team. They made the deal official during a signing party Thursday evening in Cleveland.

“I’m excited to sign with Aaron and the Verus team,” Rozier told Slam Magazine. “I’m looking forward to showing teams that I am a point guard and improving every day.”