Celtics’ Kemba Walker Makes Donation To Boston-Area Kids Amid Coronavirus — NESN.com

First-year Celtic Kemba Walker has came up with a unique, and somewhat educational, way to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The All-Star point guard announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he has teamed up with JBL Headphones to provide Boston-area children with earphones, in hopes to enhance their virtual learning procedures amid the pandemic.…

Celtics’ Kemba Walker Makes Donation To Boston-Area Kids Amid Coronavirus — NESN.com

Two Reasons Knicks’ Fans Should Be Positive — Battle of New York

Entering this season, I had extremely high hopes for the New York Knicks’ young core. I envisioned RJ Barrett winning the NBA Rookie of the Year, Mitchell Robinson emerging as more than a 20 minute per game shot blocker, and Dennis Smith Jr. becoming a building block for the Knicks. I even thought that either […]

Two Reasons Knicks’ Fans Should Be Positive — Battle of New York

Watch Celtics’ Danny Ainge Work Out With His Dog During Self-Quarantine — NESN.com

The COVID-19 outbreak may have millions of people stuck at home, but that’s not stopping them from finding creative ways to stay entertained. In Danny Ainge’s case, he’s got a little friend to give him a hand. The Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations and his French bulldog pup, Weezy, got a bit of fresh…

Watch Celtics’ Danny Ainge Work Out With His Dog During Self-Quarantine — NESN.com

Red Sox’s Ron Roenicke Offers Discouraging Update On Dustin Pedroia — NESN.com

Dustin Pedroia has been battling a lingering knee injury that’s limited him to just nine games between the 2018 and 2019 Major League Baseball season. And even though the 2020 campaign has been postponed, it’s still looking pretty grim for the Boston Red Sox second baseman. Pedroia played in just six games in 2019 before…

Red Sox’s Ron Roenicke Offers Discouraging Update On Dustin Pedroia — NESN.com

Report: MLB players, other employees to participate in COVID-19 study — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

MLB players, front office personnel, concession workers, and others involved with the league will participate in a nationwide COVID-19 study.

Report: MLB players, other employees to participate in COVID-19 study — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that players, front office personnel, concession workers, and others will take part in a study involving 10,000 people. They will have their blood drawn via pinprick. The blood will then be studied for the presence of two antibodies: IgM and IgG. The Athletic’s Molly Knight says that 27 of 30 teams will have employees of some stripe being tested.

As Passan notes, IgM is produced early among those who have COVID-19. IgG is produced later on. The reason why the study is so expansive and including so many people of different backgrounds is not only to increase the sample size, but also to allow researchers to eliminate variables.

Major League Baseball apparently mobilized quickly to join in the study. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya said, “I’ve reached out to others, but MLB moved by far the fastest. They’ve been enormously cooperative and flexible. We’re trying to set up a scientific study that would normally take years to set up, and it’s going to be a matter of weeks.”

It is worth noting that MLB’s participation in this study isn’t motivated by the league’s urgency to start a season in some fashion. The data collected will have identifying information removed. Additionally, MLB did not pay to join the study. It appears that MLB mobilized selflessly, so kudos to all involved for that.

Hopefully, MLB’s reach will help scientists better understand the disease and eventually develop a vaccine for it.

Ray Allen Non-Committal About Attending Kevin Garnett’s Jersey Retirement — NESN.com

The chasm between Ray Allen and some of his former Boston Celtics teammates apparently remains quite wide. In some respects, it might be wider than ever. Allen has been in a feud with members of the 2008 Celtics — specifically Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo — since leaving Boston to join the Miami…

Ray Allen Non-Committal About Attending Kevin Garnett’s Jersey Retirement — NESN.com

Marcus Stroman Challenges Kyle Larson To Fight: ‘He Needs His Ass Beat’ — NESN.com

Marcus Stroman is pissed at Kyle Larson — and who could blame him? On Tuesday, the New York Mets pitcher challenged Larson to a fight over the NASCAR driver using a racial slur during an iRacing event Sunday night. Larson, who could be heard saying the N-word during his Twitch stream, was fired by Chip…

Marcus Stroman Challenges Kyle Larson To Fight: ‘He Needs His Ass Beat’ — NESN.com

Purple & Bold: All the Lakers’ offseason goals are now moving targets — Daily News

Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, April 14 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. It’s getting toward the time when, in a normal year, teams would start working out and interviewing college prospects. But, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka pointed out last week,…

Purple & Bold: All the Lakers’ offseason goals are now moving targets — Daily News

How LeBron James Unintentionally Gave Jayson Tatum This Iconic Nickname — NESN.com

Only NBA greats end up with iconic nicknames, and they almost always come from other stars. Well, it looks like Jayson Tatum may be the latest to coin a new nickname — and he’s cool with it. Before the league suspended play amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Boston Celtics traveled to the Los Angeles Lakers…

How LeBron James Unintentionally Gave Jayson Tatum This Iconic Nickname — NESN.com

Only NBA greats end up with iconic nicknames, and they almost always come from other stars. Well, it looks like Jayson Tatum may be the latest to coin a new nickname — and he’s cool with it. Before the league suspended play amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Boston Celtics traveled to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 23. And although the C’s came up short in the 114-112 loss, there was some good to came out of it. LeBron James posted a photo on Instagram immediately following the game, in which the Lakers star gave the then 21-year-old Tatum quite the compliment. “That boi to the left of me is an ABSOLUTE PROBLEM!! Keep going #YoungKing 🤴🏼 #OnelegSleeveGang lol 🙏🏾💪🏾👑” James captioned the photo.

James’ comments left the sports community wondering if he had given Tatum a new nickname: The Problem. During an appearance on Monday’s episode of “The Jump,” Tatum recalled what that night meant to him — and gave the green light on the new name. “I mean, I’ll take that nickname,” he said with a smile. “I remember, he posted, it was like right after we played him. We were in L.A. and I remember was back in my hotel room and I was taking a nap because it was an early game. And I remember my best friend from back home, he called me and he was like, ‘Bro, go on your Instagram! LeBron just shouted you out.’ “And I remember I saw it and I’m a competitor, but I realize at the end of the day, that’s one of the greatest players ever and somebody I looked up to growing up, so I still understand that’s a big deal.”

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/04/how-lebron-james-unintentionally-gave-jayson-tatum-this-iconic-nickname/

David Ortiz Shares Heartfelt Message For Karl-Anthony Towns After Mother Dies — NESN.com

David Ortiz was a busy man Monday, but he made sure to share his love and support for Karl-Anthony Towns. The Minnesota Timberwolves center’s mother, Jacqueline, died Monday due to coronavirus complications. Her death comes three weeks after Towns announced his mother’s diagnosis in an emotional video. Many around the NBA shared messages on Twitter…

David Ortiz Shares Heartfelt Message For Karl-Anthony Towns After Mother Dies — NESN.com

Trey Mancini out ‘months rather than weeks’ according to GM Mike Elias — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini’s recovery from surgery to remove a malignant tumor will take “months rather than weeks,” per GM Mike Elias.

Trey Mancini out ‘months rather than weeks’ according to GM Mike Elias — HardballTalk | NBC Sports