Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26


Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26

The NHL players have only three players in Business Weeks Power 100 of marketable athletes, and Tim Thomas is one of them at No. 86. The magazine has an article that explores why more hockey players arent among the top 100.

Zdeno Chara is keeping his first choice a secret for tonights NHL All-Star Draft in Ottawa. Wouldnt it be a great gesture of support if Chara selects Tim Thomas with his first choice?

My favorite part about the story of Thunderbug getting canned by the Tampa Bay Lightning? Its not the first time the woman in the costume has been relieved of her mascot duties.

Lance Hornby from the Toronto Sun says that Jonas Gustavsson is the man for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kevin Allen of USA Today says that Thursday nights draft is the best part of All-Star weekend, and hes probably correct.

Former Bruins player Craig MacTavish says that hes back in his happy place coaching Vancouvers AHL team, and removing himself from a role as TV analyst job.

For something completely different: I need to link any article where somebody uses a Dylan McKay quote from Beverly Hills 90210 to express a point about Lebron James.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford


Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.


“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”