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October 18, 2012

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Celtics ink Barbosa

The one spot the Celtics hadn’t addressed entering the preseason was the back up point guard position. With Keyon Dooling announcing his retirement the spot was left vacant. That position is now filled.

On Wednesday the Celtics inked veteran point guard Leandro Barbosa to a one year contract at the veteran’s minimum salary.

Barbosa will back up Rajon Rondo and gives the Celtics some depth off the bench as he can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions. The 6’4” Barbosa, an 11 year veteran who has played with the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers, is known for his speed up and down the court. While he is a dynamic player his defense, however, is a bit lacking.

Overall a veteran point guard coming off the bench will be a good fit for the veteran Celtics. On paper the 2012-2013 version of the Celtics is already looking better than last year’s time, who qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals.

A-Rod under fire

It’s been a pretty rough 2012 postseason for Alex Rodriguez. First he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of game 3 of the ALDS. His replacement, Raul Ibanez, hit a game-tying and game-winning home run in replace of A-Rod.

Rodriguez was also lifted for a pinch-hitter in game 1 of the ALCS against Detroit and was benched completely for game 3.

But what Rodriguez is being criticized for now doesn’t have much to do with baseball. According to reports the Yankees third baseman had a baseball delivered to a woman sitting near the Yankees dugout after he was pulled from game 1 against the Tigers. The ball reportedly came with a note, from Rodriguez, asking the woman for her phone number.

Now making the gesture before or after the game is one thing, but Rodriguez reportedly asked for the woman’s phone number in the middle of a playoff game and asked a Yankees bat boy to deliver the message.

Rodriguez has clearly overstayed his welcome in New York, unfortunately for the Yankees he has five years and nearly $150 million left on his contract, which will expire when he turns 42.

Rodriguez did not start last night’s game 4 either. The Yankees entered the game, which concluded after the Gloucester Times went to press, trailing Detroit 3-0 in the series.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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