Brian Robb

Sports writer, podcaster, radio producer, editor. Co-founder of

Daily Dime: Rivers, the returning hero

BOSTON -- For the opening 10 seconds of his first postgame news conference back at Boston's TD Garden, Doc Rivers sat in silence. His new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, had just defeated the Boston Celtics, 96-88. However, as Rivers fought back tears when asked about his standing ovation from the Garden faithful, that result was the last thing on his mind. Finally, he was able to compose himself and answer the question. "It was just a really nice day."

Isaiah Thomas Opens Up on Trade from Phoenix to Boston: 'I Think They Panicked'

The 5'9" point guard and very last selection of the 2011 NBA draft is now a two-time NBA castaway. The Sacramento Kings released Thomas into the free agency waters last offseason despite his 20.3 points per game average in 2013-14. The Phoenix Suns added Thomas to a deep backcourt via a sign-and-trade deal, with high hopes for Thomas to mesh seamlessly with Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. The experiment failed miserably, and the Suns pulled the plug in February, trading Dragic and Thomas at the

Boston Celtics Bet on Low Risk, High Reward in Trade for Isaiah Thomas

When NBA free agency opened up last July, the first phone call Isaiah Thomas received was from Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “He just contacted my agent. There was some interest there. It’s a business, so you never know what is going to happen,” Thomas told Bleacher Report before his Phoenix Suns faced off with the Celtics in Boston back in November. Less than a year later, Ainge got his man after acquiring the 26-year-old point guard from the Suns on Thursday.

Making the Best of the NBA's Worst Contract

Sixty NBA players are earning at least $10 million during the 2014-15 season. Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace has played the fewest minutes among them beside Andrea Bargnani. Unlike Bargnani, who has been limited to four games this year thanks to a calf injury, Wallace has been healthy for the majority of this season. Despite currently being the highest-paid player on the team, the 32-year-old has been stuck at the end of the bench for much of the season. As of now, Wallace is on p

Danny Ainge: Prior Personal Relationships 'Increase Odds of Making a Deal'

WALTHAM, Mass. – Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has lived up to his “Trader Danny” nickname in recent months, having made nine trades with nine different teams since the start of the 2014-15 season. The continual maneuvering is no surprise for a team in the midst of building for its future. However, a closer look at Ainge’s recent trade track record reveals another intriguing pattern. In just the last two months, four of the five trades Ainge has made included tea

Evan Turner Repairing Damaged Reputation with Boston Celtics

BOSTON — Where most free agents last summer saw a subpar Boston Celtics team with a crowded depth chart, Evan Turner saw an opportunity for a fresh start. After a disappointing stint with the Indiana Pacers in the final half of the 2013-14 season, Turner surprised many around the league by electing to rebuild his career on a rebuilding team. The 26-year-old swingman signed a two-year contract in September and earned a role as a top reserve in the Celtics rotation early in the 2014-15 season. O

Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens Talks Takeaways from His Rookie Season

WALTHAM, Mass. — Brad Stevens is no longer a rookie, but his work as head coach of the Boston Celtics has just begun. After starting his pro coaching career with a disappointing 25-win season, Stevens is determined to implement a new kind of culture in Boston as the franchise continues to rebuild. The 37-year-old sat down for an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report to reflect on the ups and downs of his first year and discuss the season ahead. Q: Transitioning to the NBA from a mere 35-pl