NBA Rumors: Sixers have 'interest' in Al Horford and potential Celtics target

NBA Rumors: Sixers have 'interest' in Al Horford and potential Celtics target

The Boston Celtics' rivalry with the Philadelphia 76ers may spill over into the summer.

The Sixers have "some level of interest" in pending free agents Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon and Danny Green, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported Monday.

Horford reportedly wants to sign with a contender after declining his player option in Boston, and watching him go to a direct Eastern Conference competitor would be a tough blow for the Celtics. But the 33-year-old is an intriguing option for a Philly squad that could use frontcourt depth alongside Joel Embiid.

The Celtics will have cap space after Horford's departure, and there are reports they could pursue Brogdon in the restricted free agent market. The Milwaukee Bucks point guard is a polished floor general who could help fill Kyrie Irving's (and potentially Terry Rozier's) void at ballhandler.

It appears Boston may compete with Philly for Brogdon, too, and even Green could be a possibility for the C's as a mid-tier contract to fill out their depth.

It's no surprise the Celtics and Sixers are pursuing similar players; Philly hopes to re-sign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris in free agency, but if one or both leave -- like Irving and Horford with Boston -- it will need to add talent via free agency or trade to stay competitive in a tough Eastern Conference.

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Celtics Forgotten 50: Important players who played a role in franchise history

Celtics Forgotten 50: Important players who played a role in franchise history

The list of Boston Celtics greats is lengthy, one filled with players whose basketball exploits will live on forever in the minds and hearts of Celtics Nation and basketball fans across the globe. 

But in taking their place as the league’s forebearers of greatness, behind them stood men whose many contributions on and off the court — while not as noticeable — are important when it comes to the narrative surrounding the Boston Celtics franchise and its ascension to becoming the NBA’s first great basketball dynasty. 

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The Celtics have won more NBA titles (17) than any team in league history. That includes a stretch in which they won 11 titles in 13 seasons, the kind of dominance we have not seen since, and will likely never see again.

Bill Russell. Bob Cousy. Larry Bird. 

Those are just some of the names that come to mind right away when conversations steer towards historical excellence among the Celtics franchise. 

But there are so many others whose contributions to the franchise’s success have largely gone ignored, cast aside or simply forgotten about as the sands of time move on when it comes to the growth and evolution of the most storied franchise in NBA history. 

Here we shed some light on those contributors divided into three groups but collectively make up, “The Forgotten 50.”

  • Part 1: The Early Years | Part 2: Behind the Dynasty (coming June 2) | Part 3: Franchise in Transition (coming June 9)

The Tom Brady bump: 'The Match' makes history with huge TV ratings

The Tom Brady bump: 'The Match' makes history with huge TV ratings

Tom Brady has edged Michael Jordan, it appears.

Sunday's "The Match: Champions for Charity" golf match pitting Brady and Phil Mickelson against Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods averaged 5.8 million TV viewers across TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN, according to Turner Sports.

Here's the context behind that number: It makes Sunday's event the most-watched golf telecast in cable television history and the highest-rated program on TV that day.

Remarkably, "The Match" also drew more average viewers than ESPN's "The Last Dance," the 10-part documentary series on Jordan and the Chicago Bulls that averaged 5.65 million same-day viewers per episode.

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For further context: Game 4 of the 2019 World Series averaged 10.2 million TV viewers, less than double the ratings for a charity golf match.

Such is the current sports media landscape with all North American professional sports on hold, though. While "The Last Dance" dug up the past, "The Match" was an actual sporting event featuring four of the biggest names in sports.

Brady obviously was a big draw, as this was one of the quarterback's first public appearances since leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

TB12 didn't exactly light it up on the course -- he and Mickelson lost to Woods and Manning -- but still created plenty of buzz by sinking a miracle shot for birdie, ripping his pants on the course and trading barbs with Manning.

Until sports return in 2020, expect events like these to capture America's full attention.