Will The Boston Celtics Unload Rajon Rondo?

Will the Celtics trade Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul? We'll see! (Photo Credit: Sports Grind)

By Matt Noonan 

The NBA season is right around the corner, which is hard to fathom, but according to various reports on Wednesday morning, the Boston Celtics are apparently interesting in unloading point guard Rajon Rondo.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard murmurs or speculations about the team contemplating trading Rondo, but according to a report on WEEI.com by Ben Rohrbach, the Celtics are apparently interested in acquiring New Orleans point guard Chris Paul.

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick also confirmed that team president Danny Ainge is willing to trade Rondo for the right player, but again, is it Paul or possibly someone else?

Don’t get me wrong, but if the Celtics were to acquire Paul, they’d most likely have to surrender a few other players and draft picks besides Rondo because New Orleans most likely won’t hand over their prize possession without a few necessities in return, right?

It’s also possible that Ainge could throw one of his “Big-3” members into this particular trade pot too, but would that make head coach Doc Rivers happy?

I doubt it!

The NBA season as well as know will be condensed to 66-games, and if the Celtics are going to be successful this year, they’re going to need young, fresh blood to compliment Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Rivers can’t rely on his aging veterans to play the entire 48-minutes, which is why acquiring Paul or possibly a few other battle tested veterans would help this team compete against Atlanta, Miami, New York and Orlando.

Who knows if the Ainge will indeed pull the trigger, but acquiring someone like Paul could certainly help boost the moral for a team that’s experienced three years of heartbreaking playoff losses, and only one championship in four seasons. Former Celtic great Bill Russell told Garnett that he predicted this team would win at least two or three championships before the “Big-3” dissembles, so again, acquiring some young, talented fresh legs would certainly help their cause in a challenging Eastern Conference.

Daily Noontime – November 30, 2011

And the Red Sox have finally found a new manager, Bobby Valentine! (Photo Credit: InsideSocial.com)

Happy Hump Day y’all and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some of the latest news and headlines, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* On Tuesday evening, the Boston Red Sox announced that Bobby Valentine would be the team’s next general manager.

* According to a Hardball Talk blog — some believe that Valentine can manage, but aren’t exactly sure if “Boston can handle him.”

* It appears that according to reports — the NBA will open their facilities, and allow agents to start talking to teams about the upcoming season.

* On Tuesday, the Ohio State University men’s basketball team beat-up Duke University, 85-63.

* According to reports — Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have officially fired head coach Jack Del Rio, the organization and owner Wayne Weaver have decided to sell the team.

* According to reports — Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn’t worried about losing his job.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Toronto (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Detroit (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Montreal at Anaheim (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How amazing is this catch? 

Willwerth: Breaking Down the NFC

Can Aaron Rodgers lead the Green Bay Packers to five more wins? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

A quick overview of the division races in the NFC with five games remaining…

NFC EAST

This is a two-team race between the Cowboys and Giants. As of now, Dallas has a one-game lead, but these teams still have to play each other twice down the stretch: the first matchup is in two weeks, the second is the season finale. It will ultimately be those two games that decide the division winner. The other note from the East: Philadelphia [4-7] gets my vote for biggest disappointment in the NFL, at least for the moment.

NFC NORTH

You know the headline here: will the Packers go undefeated? Their five remaining games are against the Giants, Raiders, Chiefs, Bears and Lions. Three of them are at home. Four of those teams are over [.500], (KC being the exception) so it’s hardly a given that Green Bay will fly through them. The Lions are Bears are both in the thick of the wild card race at [7-4]. They split the head-to-head meetings this season. But Chicago has questions at quarterback, while Detroit will have to play the next two games without Ndamukong Suh, thanks to his “stomping” job against the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

NFC SOUTH

Here’s another two-team race. The Saints and Falcons are separated by one game. Both teams are peaking at just the right time. New Orleans has already beaten Atlanta in the Georgia Dome (in the “Mike Smith 4th Down Gamble” game.) The second meeting is the day after Christmas on Monday Night Football.

That game could be for the division title.

NFC WEST

The 49ers can wrap up the division with a win at home Sunday against the Rams.  San Francisco also has the inside track to a first-round bye. The one game that sticks out on their remaining schedule is a Monday night game against the Steelers on December 19thJim Harbaugh gets my vote for Coach of the Year, though it might be hard to bypass Mike McCarthy if the Packers go undefeated. Remember that tremendous game between the Saints and Packers on opening night? Wouldn’t you love to see a rematch in the NFC Championship game? I hope I’m right.

Massachusetts College Basketball – Division III Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our weekly Division III Massachusetts hoops poll. Here’s some the teams that have experienced a great deal of success over the past few weeks, as well as a few squads that have either dipped or been added.

As usual, we encourage fans, athletes, coaches and spectators to email us their thoughts toward our polls and college basketball coverage, (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).

Men’s Basketball  

1.) Amherst College [3-0] (Last Week No.1) – For the third week in a row, the Lord Jeffs remain atop our poll, and will look to keep their three-game winning streak alive on Tuesday evening when they travel to Lasell College. Afterward, Amherst will head to Springfield College for the Pioneer Classic, and wins against the Pride and Owls of Westfield State would be rather impressive.

2.) MIT [5-0] (Last Week No. 2) – The Engineers are fast, athletic and certainly, the real deal. Against Suffolk University this past weekend, junior Mitchel Kates helped MIT secure the Engineers fifth win of their season. After the game, head coach Larry Anderson described Kates as MIT’s equivalent of Tom Brady. The Engineers will look to keep their winning ways going against Emerson College on Tuesday.

3.) Williams College [3-1] (Last Week No. 3) – The Ephs have rebounded quite well since losing their second game of the season to Salem State. Two back-to-back wins have helped Williams keep pace with Amherst, but a win against RPI on Tuesday is somewhat a must, especially since MIT beat them earlier this month.

4.) Babson College [6-0]  (Last Week No. 5) – The Beavers jumped up to the fourth spot in our poll after finishing their November slate undefeated. Former Milton High School guard Marcus McDermott has been a major reason Babson College has experienced a great deal of success, especially since he leads the squad with 78 points. The Green and White will hit the road for three critical contests before returning home to face Amherst College.

5.) WPI [4-0] (Last Week No. 4) – Freshman Marco Coppola has been the spark behind WPI’s four game winning streak, especially since he’s recorded 70 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 rebounds over the past few weeks. The Engineers will resume play on Thursday when they travel to Lasell College.

Women’s Basketball:

1.) Amherst College (No. 1) – The Lord Jeffs continue to be the number one women’s squad to watch this season, and certainly, they can remain atop our poll with three more wins against Keene State, Lehman and Emmanuel. Also, Shannon Finucane, Kim Fiorentino and Lem Atanga McCormick led Amherst with 11 points each against Mount Holyoke last week.

2.) Williams College [4-0] (No. 2) – Wins against Springfield College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were important, but now, the Ephs need to prepare themselves for a talented Bridgewater State squad that could hand them their first loss of the season. We’ll see what happens, but expect the Ephs to beat the Bears on Friday, and keep their undefeated streak alive.

3.) Babson College [3-1] (No. 3) – It’s been nine days since Judy Blinstrub’s squad has played a game, but on Wednesday, they’ll return to action against a struggling WPI squad in Worcester. Consider this a must-win, especially so the Beavers can begin to distance themselves in the NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) standings.  

4.) Smith College [4-0] (No. 5) – The Pioneers keep on winning, and can end the month of November undefeated with a victory against Mount Holyoke College. Rosa Drummond has been a major part of the team’s success, and has recorded 74 points, 24 rebounds, and 11 steals over the past few weeks. Also, Ellie Giles has helped the Pioneers in the rebounding department, as she’s snagged 33 boards, (8 offensive, 25 defensive), as well as leads the team with six blocks.

5.) Fitchburg State [5-0] (Last Week/Not Ranked) – Three of their five wins have come on the road against Curry College, University of Massachusetts (Boston), and Nichols College, but victories against Clark University and Maine Maritime are quite impressive and won’t go unnoticed. Sophomore forward Amy Fahey is averaging 28.4 points and 9.8 rebound per game, and is certainly one of the reasons why the Falcons have experienced a great deal of success thus far.