Welcome to Tuesday, everyone – how is everyone doing?
The sun is shining (currently) but we do have some rain on the way so make sure to get some Vitamin D before the clouds arrive. And make sure to smile, too – smiling is important during unprecedented times.
Let’s have another great day by taking another trip down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends here at Noontime Sports!
1996: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Bullets, 103-93, to conclude the 1995-96 regular season with a 72-10 overall record. Chicago would go onto win an NBA championship later that spring against the Seattle SuperSonics.
2001: The Atlanta Falcons selected quarterback Michael Vick with the first pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals selected guard Leonard Davis with the second pick, while the Cleveland Browns picked defensive tackle Gerard Warren with the third pick.
Richard Seymour was selected sixth by the New England Patriots before the team snagged Matt Light in the second round.
2018: Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox while retiring 10 batters in nine innings. Oakland beat Boston, 3-0, thanks to Marcus Semien, who concluded the early season contest with three runs, two hits, and one RBI. Boston’s Chris Sale suffered his first loss of the season – the lefthander recorded 10 strikeouts but did yield three runs on six hits.
Linton arrived at the Dudley, Massachusetts campus after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he helped the Cadets with numerous tasks, including scouting reports to working with the wing players at practice to assisting with in-game strategy.
Before assisting the Army West Point men’s basketball program, Linton spent time as an assistant at both his alma mater, Clarkson University, and Bowdoin College.
Coaching a program like Nichols certainly intrigued Linton, who is excited “to continue building on what has already been established” with the Nichols men’s basketball program.
“The chance to take over a program that represents excellence, both on and off of the basketball court was important to me,” said Linton when asked about becoming the new men’s basketball coach at Nichols. “Also, the growth potential of the program was equally intriguing, (as well).”
Nichols concluded its 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 mark. The Bison advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament earlier this year, thanks to postseason victories against Amherst College, Middlebury College, and Rowan University.
Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Coach Linton to discuss his excitement for the upcoming season.
As a former Division III, men’s basketball player did you always want to coach or become a head coach at this particular level?
Absolutely. I had the great fortune to play for Adam Stockwell during my first three years at Clarkson. I remember sitting in his office as a freshman and sophomore, and him telling me that I would be a college basketball coach one day. Prior to that, I had casually thought about the idea of it, but after (those conversations) I began to own that reality. Everything I’ve done since was aimed at this goal of becoming a Division III head coach.
What do you know about the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)? Are you excited to coach in a very competitive league?
I’m extremely excited to coach in this league. I know that it is made up of high-level coaches that have built some of the best and most competitive programs in New England. The talent across the board is impressive and something that I notice has improved since my departure from Division III. This is a conference that I believe should be a multiple bid league to the NCAA tournament (every season). I look forward to the challenge of being in that mix.
How did your experience with Army West Point shape you into the coach you are today?
I couldn’t be more grateful for my time at Army. The development that I was able to take part in both on and off of the basketball court was truly remarkable. It is the preeminent leadership development institution in the world. From the faculty to the cadets and all the variety of guest speakers that came through West Point, it truly was a hub for leadership development.
Basketball-wise, being able to coach at the Division I level just provides an amazing amount of time that you get to spend coaching and teaching the game to your players. We also fielded a junior varsity team at West Point, which allowed us as (to gain experience) being a head coach as assistants to the varsity. More than anything, being around the people day in and day out was the number one takeaway that I believe will shape me into the coach I am and hope to be.
Great coaches are great leaders. And great leaders are great people first.
Coach Brandon Linton inherits a Nichols College men’s basketball team that finished the 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)
What are some of the biggest goals/objectives you (and the men’s basketball program) hope to accomplish between now and the team’s first practice?
The biggest thing will be developing the framework for meaningful relationships with each other. That is from new staff to players and vice versa. It will also be amongst the current players as well. Acclimating the newcomers into the fold, while also continuing to develop even stronger bonds with your returning teammates (will be a must, as well). That will be our biggest focus prior to our first practice on October 15th.
A few quick-hitters, beginning with your all-time favorite memory of playing basketball.
Legitimately, no one believed we could get it done because there was honestly no prior reason to think so, but only the individuals in our locker room believed (we could win a conference championship) and that’s all that mattered. It’s something that has stuck with me ever since (and proves what) the power of belief can accomplish.
Who was a player you idolized growing up?
Tracy McGrady. Unfortunately for me, my teammates and coaches, however, I played nothing like McGrady, but when I got to college, I really enjoyed watching Rajon Rondo when he first started playing for the Boston Celtics. I enjoyed watching Rondo as a student-athlete with the Celtics – he was a big part of their resurgence. I played the point for Clarkson and I really respected how he played that position. And that’s probably why my three-point percentage was what it was, too.
Finally, if you could coach any basketball player, both current or past, who would it be and why?
Growing up in New York City, I was and still am a big fan of the New York Knicks. We’ve fallen on hard times for a good 15-20 years, however, as a kid, there were some awesome teams for me to follow.
I fell in love with basketball by watching John Starks play. I would always wear his number (three) whenever I could in youth tournaments and recreational leagues. The passion and swag that he played with was everything to me. He embodied what it meant to be a New Yorker, as well. He was hard-nosed, did whatever it took for the greater good of the team, and took the challenge of guarding the best players on the other team. He also jacked three-pointers, too, which was still a newer thing for the game during the 1990s.
John Starks is definitely someone I would love to coach.
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Do you think Ray Allen will join Miami for the 2012-13 season? (Photo Credit: CelticsTown.com)
By Matt Noonan
It’s the summertime, which means news can be incredibly slow, which is why Noontime Sports has decided to pose a few questions pertaining toward the various professional sports teams in Boston.
In this particular post, we decided to ask the question: Will Ray Allenre-sign with the Boston Celtics? And below we’ve provided a thoughtful answer.
I doubt it, but I hope my gut is wrong.
Ray Allen is one of the greatest deep shooters in NBA history and it’s certainly possible that a three-year, $9.3 million contract would intrigue the shooting guard to join forces with LeBron Jamesand Dwyane Wade.
Yet, if he wants more money, and what professional athlete doesn’t these days, he’d re-sign with the Celtics, a squad that could offer him more than the Heat.
When Boston acquired Jason Terrythis past week, many believed that particular acquisition marked the end of the Allen era in Massachusetts. However, if Allen really wants to win one more championship before retirement, then why wouldn’t he attempt to do it with Kevin Garnettand Paul Pierce? Wouldn’t that be the ideal storybook ending?
Allen, Garnett and Pierce most likely have one or two years remaining, so I personally believe it would be the wrong thing for him to leave Boston for the NBA’s “evil empire.”
Boston currently has enough cap room to not only re-sign him, but also add additional pieces that could help the veteran squad compete for Eastern Conference glory against Brooklyn, Indiana, Miami and New York.
All in all, I think there is a good chance that Allen will indeed ink his name on a contract that’ll provide him with a Miami uniform. Although, anything is possible, especially in the world of sports, so don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Expect Boston to produce a counterattack that could possibly persuade Allen to re-join the Green and White for one last title run before he makes his decision.
What’re your thoughts? Do you think Ray Allen will sign with the Heat or return to the Celtics? Feel free to send your thoughts to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or respond to us on Twitter @NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog.
Brandon Bass recorded 18 of 27 points in the third quarter on Monday, which helped Boston defeat Philadelphia in Game No. 5! (Photo Credit: Sporting News)
Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the day with some news, headlines and more news from the city of Boston.
* Paced by BrandonBass, who deposited 27 points, Boston defeated Philadelphia, 101-85 on Monday in Game No. 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Boston now leads the series, 3-2, and will attempt to conclude the series on Wednesday when both squads return to the hardwood in Philadelphia for an 8PM match.
* Excluding Bass, Kevin Garnettpoured in 20 points, Rajon Rondoadded 13 points and dished out 14 assists, and Paul Piercefinished the contest with 16 points and four defensive rebounds.
* According to the NBA stat crew, Bass netted 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter, which is the highest point total during this particular NBA postseason in one quarter. LeBron Jamestallied 17 points against the New York Knicks in his team’s first round series, but that particular statistic has officially been erased.
* Trailing Baltimore late in the game, Boston’s bats sparked a three-run rally — two in the seventh, one in the eighth — to earn an 8-6 victory against the first place Orioles on Monday. David Ortizhit his 10th home run of the season, while Mike Avilesrecorded his 28th RBI in the win.
* The Sox have now won four of their last five contests, and will look to earn their 22nd win of the season on Tuesday when Felix Doubrontpitches against Brian Matusz at 7:05PM.