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Anthony Davis Jersey Lakers

O astro Anthony Davis é o novo reforço do Los Angeles Lakers. Segundo Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o New Orleans Pelicans fechou acordo para enviar o pivô de 26 anos para a equipe californiana em troca dos jovens Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart e Lonzo Ball, além de múltiplas futuras escolhas de primeira rodada de draft. Espera-se que a negociação seja oficializada no início de julho.

As seleções de recrutamento cedidas pelos angelinos na negociação começam pela quarta escolha do draft desse ano, que acontecerá dentro de cinco dias. Envolve também uma seleção protegida para as oito primeiras posições de 2021 (e, então, desprotegida em 2022) e desprotegida de 2024. O time da Louisiana ainda ganha o direito de trocar escolhas com o parceiro de transação em 2023 e 2025.

As negociações entre Lakers e Pelicans por Davis se estendiam desde fevereiro, na trade deadline, quando ele fez um pedido público de troca e as conversas foram prejudicadas pelo regular vazamento de informações. Uma extensão de contrato, agora, passa a ser o objetivo dos executivos de Los Angeles: o craque deverá ser agente livre na offseason do ano que vem.

O Boston Celtics também estava interessado na aquisição do pivô, mas a ação do empresário do atleta, Rich Paul, “esfriou” o interesse do time. O controverso agente nunca escondeu ter predileção por colocar o all-star na equipe da Califórnia, ao lado de outro de seus célebres clientes: LeBron James. Em uma entrevista recente, ele chegou a ponto de cravar que o jogador não ficaria em Massachussets após 2020.

Primeira escolha do draft de 2012, Davis é considerado um dos melhores jogadores da NBA na atualidade. O astro acumula seis convocações para o Jogo das Estrelas, três eleições para os quintetos ideais da temporada e três seleções para uma das equipes de defesa da liga na carreira. Ele registrou médias de 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências, 2.4 tocos e 1.6 roubos de bola na campanha passada, mesmo atuando com restrições de minutos em parte do ano.

Após troca, Pelicans ainda tenta negociar quarta escolha do draft

A negociação de Davis foi a primeira decisão de David Griffin como presidente de operações de Nova Orleans. A oferta do Lakers teria sido a que mais se enquadrou dentro das exigências da equipe, que buscava múltiplas escolhas de draft e jovens talentos para liberar o craque. O time, vale lembrar, já tem a primeira escolha do draft desse ano – e, por consequência, Zion Williamson.

De acordo com Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o Pelicans não pretende ficar com a quarta escolha do draft e já iniciou negociações com múltiplos interessados para repassá-la antes do recrutamento. Atlanta Hawks e Phoenix Suns seriam dois dos mais fortes candidatos para adquiri-la.

Ball, Ingram e Hart já eram parte do pacote oferecido no meio da temporada por Davis e são três dos mais brilhantes jovens talentos que o Lakers selecionou nos drafts dos últimos anos. Os dois primeiros foram titulares na maior parte de sua passagem pela franquia angelina, enquanto o terceiro era um dos principais reservas arremessadores do elenco.

Confira, então, como ficou a troca fechada entre Lakers e Pelicans – com situação contratual e média dos atletas envolvidos na temporada que acabou de terminar:

Lakers recebe

Anthony Davis (US$27.0 milhões a receber até 2020): 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências e 2.4 tocos em 33.0 minutos de ação

Pelicans recebe

Brandon Ingram (US$16.7 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2021): 18.3 pontos, 5.1 rebotes e 3.0 assistências em 33.8 minutos de ação
Lonzo Ball (US$34 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 9.9 pontos, 5.3 rebotes, 5.4 assistências e 1.5 roubos de bola em 30.3 minutos de ação
Josh Hart (US$10.6 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 7.8 pontos, 3.7 rebotes e 1.4 assistências em 25.6 minutos de ação
Três escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2019, 2021 e 2024)
Dois direitos de trocar escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2023 e 2025)

DeMarcus Cousins Jersey Lakers

After having offseason surgery for a torn left ACL he suffered playing in a summer pick-up game, DeMarcus Cousins was expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Now, that may not be the case, as ESPN’s Dave McMenamin is reporting that the Lakers have not ruled out the possibility of Cousins returning at some point this season.

From ESPN:

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said Sunday before the Lakers played the Charlotte Hornets. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Lakers this summer, another prove-it deal after he did the same with the Warriors last season in an effort to show he’s still worth a big-money contract somewhere. Cousins never really got the chance to show he was right with Golden State, returning late in the regular season and then hurting his quad in the first round of the playoffs. He came back in the Finals, but wasn’t 100 percent.

The Lakers signed Cousins to pair with former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis, who doesn’t like playing center and wants another big man next to him, and obviously the two have a certain chemistry having played together in New Orleans. After Cousins went down, the Lakers signed Dwight Howard, and have since applied for and been granted a $1.75 million DPE (disabled played exception), which they have to use by March 10th.

If the Lakers were to use that DPE and Cousins then worked his way back into playing shape, he would still be eligible to return. Who knows if Cousins, who will have missed significant portions of the last three seasons with two major injuries (ruptured Achilles and a torn ACL), would be of any real benefit to the Lakers. He could be a potential trade candidate in certain scenarios.

In terms of recovery timelines for torn ACLs, the typical time frame is 9-12 months. Cousins has surgery in late August. Do the math, and the nine-month mark would be late May — around the time of the conference finals, should the Lakers make it that far. Perhaps he could be a playoff spark if he wanted to risk returning at the front of of the normal recovery timeline, but it’s hard to imagine him being in any condition to truly contribute at a conference-finals intensity level. It seems unlikely, but the Lakers aren’t ruling it out.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jersey Lakers

O ala Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vai defender o Los Angeles Lakers na próxima temporada. De acordo com Brian Windhorst, da ESPN, a franquia angelina acertou contrato que renderá US$18 milhões em salários ao agente livre até junho do ano que vem, na noite desta terça-feira. O novo vínculo permitirá que o atleta volte a testar o mercado ao fim da próxima campanha.

A contratação foi acertada após um encontro dos representantes do jogador de 24 anos com dirigentes da equipe – incluindo Magic Johnson – nesta terça, em Los Angeles. O acordo curto, de apenas uma temporada, permite que o time angelino preserve sua flexibilidade financeira para tentar investir em reforços de peso na offseason do ano que vem.

Caldwell-Pope era agente livre irrestrito desde a última semana, quando o Detroit Pistons resolveu retirar a oferta qualificatória exercida sobre seu vínculo para confirmar a aquisição do especialista defensivo Avery Bradley. O Lakers venceu ampla concorrência, pois Windhorst apurou que vários times monitoravam a situação do atleta.

Para fechar a contratação, a franquia investiu a totalidade dos US$16.5 milhões que ainda tinha disponível em sua folha salarial e, provavelmente, vai precisar fechar pequenas movimentações paralelas – abrir mão dos direitos sobre algum agente livre remanescente, trocar um de seus novatos recém-selecionados, o pivô Ivica Zubac ou o ala David Nwaba.

Titular do Pistons nas últimas três temporadas, Caldwell-Pope inicia a temporada suspenso de duas partidas em punição a uma recente condenação por dirigir sob efeito de álcool. O jovem ala esteve presente em 76 jogos da campanha passada, com médias de 13.8 pontos, 3.3 rebotes e 2.5 assistências em pouco mais de 33 minutos de ação por noite.

Michael Cooper Jersey Lakers

Michael Cooper knows a thing or two about winning championships. As a player, he hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy in five of his 12 seasons (all with the Los Angeles Lakers). As a coach, he won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and an additional championship with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA G League. Cooper was a dominant defender, winning the 1986-87 Defensive Player of the Year award and earning eight All-Defensive Team selections.

He has also coached in the NBA (with the Denver Nuggets) and college (at USC). Now, as he’s coaching in the Big3, HoopsHype caught up with him to discuss his experience in the three-on-three league, today’s NBA, the direction of the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers’ huge summer and more.

You’re coaching the team 3’s Company in the Big3. What made you want to join the league and what has that experience been like so far?

Michael Cooper: My experience has been awesome. The idea was first brought to me when I talked to Clyde Drexler during the first year that the league started. I was wondering to myself, “How are they going to make this work?” The next year, I get a call from my agent and he said that Clyde expressed interest in me joining the league. From there, I got a chance to talk to [Clyde] about it and I thought it would be a great opportunity in men’s basketball with a lot of former NBA players. I liked that I was getting a chance to do something that was totally different.

I have coached and won at almost every level, and this another level I’d like to entertain. Half-court basketball takes you back to your school-ground days, playing three-on-three and the idea is to stay on the court all day. You had to figure out which two guys to pick depending on what your strengths are – maybe you need a big guy who can rebound or you need a guard who can score. Thinking about that and then putting it on this big stage, like Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have done, it has been a great experience! People may think it just turns into one-on-one, but that’s not the case. There really is a tactical approach to this. I love coaching. I love trying to put a team together and trying to figure it all out. Overall, the experience has been great.

As you mentioned, you’ve had success coaching men and women prior to the Big3. What are some of the biggest adjustments that you have to make when you’re coaching or playing three-on-three?

MC: I think the biggest difference is motivation and getting them to buy into team play. In three-on-three, there can be some one-on-one basketball to a certain degree, but that’s not what is going to win games. When [a former NBA] player sees someone who played a step below them or someone who didn’t quite get there [to their level], they still have that competitive nature and they want to try to get it done by themselves. You have to get them to buy into the system and to ball movement. Even though you only have three players, you still need bodies moving and the ball moving.

The biggest thing has been motivating them to play hard every single point of every single game. That’s been the biggest adjustment; in the NBA, you don’t necessarily have to do that. In the NBA, there are five players out there and if three of them are buying in, sometimes one or two players don’t need to buy in as much and that’s a bit easier for guys. But here? They have to buy in and you need to get them to understand that’s what it takes to win. Yes, it’s about scoring 50 points and you have to put points on the board, but you really need to play good defense if you want to win.

You had a fantastic career, winning five championships as a player and several more as a coach. What are your interactions with today’s players like? Do you feel like today’s players respect their predecessors?

MC: Even if the players haven’t seen my career or heard about it, they know that I’ve won championships and I think that alone brings me some respect. Among the peers I’m coaching against – Dr. J and Rick Mahorn to name just a few – they understand and are telling their players about that. I think we all talk to our players about who we are and what we’d like our team to be. For me, they understand that’s more of a defensive-minded approach with my background. The players we’re coaching in the Big3 have respect. But they’re only going to respect you if they feel you’re committed and putting your all into the game. If you’re just there for a paycheck and just sitting there, letting them do their thing, they won’t respect you as much. I’m not that type of coach, and I don’t think any of the coaches in our league are that way. The respect factor is already there.

Derek Fisher Jersey Lakers

Former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher is on his way to the altar.

Fisher, 43, proposed to his girlfriend Gloria Govan at a family get-together on April 7, according to TMZ Sports. The two have been dating since 2015. It will be the second marriage for both.

Govan was previously married to Fisher’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Matt Barnes.

The two players have a history between them; they were involved in an altercation at Govan’s home in Los Angeles in October 2015 and a fight reportedly took place. No charges were filed, however, and the two apparently have put aside their differences.

Barnes shared his congratulations on Instagram on Tuesday, writing in part: “You guys want this to be an issue, it’s not! I’ve known about this for a few weeks & I am all for it..
My kids matter to me at this point, that’s it!”

Fisher won five NBA titles as a player with the Lakers and served as the Knicks head coach from June 2014 to February 2016.

After leaving the Knicks, he competed on Season 25 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but was eliminated in the third round.

Byron Scott Jersey Lakers

Byron Scott and Luke Walton had an unexpected meeting a few months ago, crossing paths at a restaurant after one of the Lakers’ late-season games. After exchanging pleasantries, their conversation shifted to Walton’s first season as the Lakers’ head coach.

“I told him he’s doing a good job and to keep it up,” Scott said of Walton, whose team finished 26-56 as the organization made its fourth consecutive trip to the NBA draft lottery. “He told me a little bit about his frustrations, which I understood. But I thought he did a good job under the circumstances. If they give him a couple of those pieces that I’m sure they will, he’ll be much better next year.”

The Lakers’ brass has offered Walton unequivocal support. Everyone from controlling owner Jeanie Buss to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka praises his performance and the culture he is creating.

Scott remembers a far different environment when he was the head coach with a different front office. His teams went a combined 38-126 during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons as he tried to juggle managing the final injury-plagued seasons of Kobe Bryant’s career while trying to develop a young roster. He was fired, replaced quickly by Walton, then a Golden State assistant coach.

Scott said he “felt betrayed, lied to and deceived” by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss. Though he had only two guaranteed years on his four-year contract, Scott contends that Kupchak and Jim Buss previously promised him they would exercise the team option for his third year. Scott also believes the Lakers used him to manage Bryant during his final seasons and farewell tour before making the coach a scapegoat for the franchise’s struggles.

“If I asked him to do certain things, Kobe would do it because of his respect for me,” said Scott, who mentored Bryant during his rookie season in 1996-97. “Basically, you just wanted me there to help you guys get through the next two years, so Kobe doesn’t go crazy on you guys. I would be the one that can handle it. They know me. I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to be intimidated by anybody.”

Scott considers his experience as Lakers coach a “hard lesson learned,” which he addressed in a new book titled, “Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court.” The title is a nod to both his time with the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers, when he helped them win three NBA titles and his time as the coach who oversaw the franchise’s two worst seasons.

Hence, Scott stressed “this is not one of those books that is a feel-great book.” The book, co-authored by business executive and close friend Charlie Norris, blends success stories and failures from Scott’s 14-year playing career and head-coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-2004), New Orleans (2004-2009), Cleveland (2010-13) and the Lakers (2014-16). The book also offered insight on Norris’ various businesses.

“We took risks and weren’t afraid to step out and try new things. When we failed at those things, we were able to forget about them,” Scott said. “You think about them and reflect on them. But you also have to have the mindset of moving on. You also have to learn from them.”

Scott maintains he has moved on from his Lakers head-coaching stint. He spent the past year working on his book and appearing as an NBA analyst on ESPN’s “The Jump.” During that self-reflection, however, Scott said he has no regrets about how he handled his time as Lakers coach.

“Given that opportunity again,” Scott said, “I wouldn’t change anything, especially my approach.”

In other words, Scott does not want a mulligan for yanking starting spots away from lottery picks D’Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle only 20 games into the 2015-16 season. The duo later reclaimed their positions shortly after the NBA All-Star break.

“I would do the same thing. I still felt like the job was given to them,” Scott said. “I don’t have a problem with young guys growing, understanding and developing in that (starting) role, but I do have a problem when they don’t cherish it, when they don’t hold it to a higher standard, when they don’t come ready to work.”

Scott also dismissed criticism from inside and outside the Lakers of his stern approach, which affected his relationships with Russell and Nick Young. Scott mused “this old-school stuff people keep talking about, if old school and hard work is winning, I guess I’m old school.” He also contended, “I relate with players extremely well.”

“There’s not a player in this league I had that I can’t communicate with or had some good relationships with,” Scott said. “Are there players that played for me that can’t stand me and vice versa? Yeah. I’m sure there are. But most of the players that I coached, when I come into contact with them, it’s nothing but mutual respect.”

Despite his strong convictions, Scott said he once asked Norris for advice on getting through to Russell, Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Norris suggested Scott ask them two questions. The first: “what is blocking them from being great?” The second: “how can I help you become great?”

Scott liked how Randle answered those questions. Scott said Randle blamed himself and pleaded with him “to stay on me, push me and make me accountable for everything I do.” Though Walton never took away Randle’s starting spot last season, he also found himself prodding the forward.

“I’m still a big fan of Julius Randle,” Scott said. “He is a terrific young man and is really mature for his age. I think he wants to be great.”

Scott has different feelings about Russell. He said the then-rookie’s demotion was partly because he frequently arrived to the Lakers’ facility only minutes before practice started. So, Scott eventually required his young players to complete individual workouts 30 minutes before and after practice.

Though Walton has given Russell positive reinforcement regarding his play and has seen him participate in offseason workouts, he often mentioned Russell’s ongoing process in establishing a routine. Despite Russell averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals during his second season, Johnson and Pelinka instructed him to focus on improving his consistency, conditioning and leadership.

“I don’t know if his work ethic has gotten any better. Some of the people I’ve talked to in the organization said that it hasn’t,” Scott said of Russell. “I just wish him all the best. The maturity level will catch up to him sooner or later when he realizes it’s an honor and a privilege to be in the NBA and be in the position that he’s in. He has to take full advantage of it.”

Scott believes Clarkson took full advantage of his time, morphing from a seldom-used rookie into a definitive starter in 2014-15. A fan of Clarkson’s work ethic, Scott did say he found him “pressing in trying to score more and do more” during his second season because of his pending free agency. The Lakers ultimately re-signed Clarkson to a four-year, $50 million deal last summer.

“I wanted him to be himself. But I didn’t want him to go out there and try to make things happen,” Scott said of Clarkson. “When you do that and think a little selfishly, it can come back and bite you in the butt because you can play even worse. He understood where I was coming from. I want all these guys to do well on the court because obviously financially it helps them and their family. He’s one of the guys I have a lot of respect for.”

Therefore, Scott downplayed any potential awkward feelings Randle, Clarkson and Tarik Black might have felt when Scott was seated with them earlier this offseason at a Los Angeles Urban League event where Johnson was being honored.

“It wasn’t like it was uncomfortable whatsoever,” Scott said. “We all had a really good time. Nothing but mutual respect for those guys.”

As former Lakers teammates, Scott and Johnson share a mutual respect. Johnson wrote the foreword to Scott’s book, and Scott predicts the Lakers will be “back to championship-caliber basketball” in three to four years partly because of Johnson’s new role.

“Earvin is a guy who isn’t going to take a bunch of crap,” Scott said. “He is a guy who is going to tell it to guys like it is. If he wants you gone, he’s going to get rid of you. If he doesn’t think you’re worthy of wearing that purple and gold and made of the right stuff, which is about winning, then he will find somebody else who is.”

Scott isn’t sure if he’ll ever coach again, but after a year of self-reflection, he believes he would fare better coaching in college instead of the NBA.

“They give you more time and you have a little bit more security,” Scott said. “There are too many teams in the NBA where owners and general managers say one thing and then the next year do another. I just don’t like the disloyalty and the politics that are going on a lot in the NBA. If I coach again, the collegiate level would be the better fit for me.”

Why?

“I get a chance to meet some of these guys when they’re 17 and 18 years old and hopefully make an impact on them before they make it to the NBA,” Scott said. “We still have too many guys who played AAU ball who still don’t have a clue on how to play the game of basketball. They still don’t know how to run a three-man fast break. There’s so many little things. I think I can have a much better impact on that level than I can on the NBA level.”

Mike Nugent Jersey Patriots

Colts working out ex-Patriots kicker Mike Nugent with Adam Vinatieri struggling

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It appears the Indianapolis Colts may decide to go from one ex-New England Patriots kicker to another this season.

With the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri continuing to struggle, the Colts brought in four kickers for workouts on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

One of those kickers was Mike Nugent, who briefly filled in for the injured Stephen Gostkowski in New England before being replaced by Nick Folk.

McDaniels gives positive update on Harry’s progress
Vinatieri is 14-for-19 in field goal attempts this year and 14-for-20 in extra points. The former Pats hero missed a crucial PAT during the Colts’ loss to the lowly Dolphins on Sunday.

The 11 total missed kicks tie Vinatieri’s career high set way back in 1996, when he missed eight field goals and three PATs as a 23-year-old rookie.

As for Nugent, the 37-year-old went 5-of-8 for field goals and a nearly perfect 15-of-16 in extra points in four games with the Patriots.

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Tedy Bruschi Jersey Patriots

Tedy Bruschi pays visit to 16-year-old who suffered from a stroke

When Tedy Bruschi suffered from his first stroke in 2005 at the age of 31, he became an advocate for knowing the signs. He started Tedy’s Team to raise awareness and break the stigma of who could be at-risk.

Just more than three months after a “mini-stroke” over the summer, Bruschi surprised a 16-year-old patient at Spaulding Rehab, a person he had never met before but with whom he shares a bond.

In September, Ayden Merchure, a sophomore in high school, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for about a month and a half before being transferred to Spaulding Rehab in October.

A teenager dealing with a stroke is something no parent ever wants to think about and something most teenagers assume would never happen to them. As horrific as the last two and half months have been for Merchure and his family, his mother, Jess Decorpo, said she was blown away by the strength that her son exhibited through it all.

“I knew he was a mentally strong kid, but this really proved tenfold that that’s very, very true,” Decorpo said. “He was intubated for 24 hours. When he was extubated, he spoke almost immediately. He wasn’t just speaking. He was demanding things. From there on, he really just surprised and amazed everybody at how much he could do and how quickly, how well, after something so significant happened to him. Physically, I’ve always known that he was strong, but really with something like this especially I think it’s more mental than anything.”

The resiliency Merchure showed continued to surprise those around him, but Bruschi’s visit provided him with a bright spot that will only help him as his recovery continues.

“I feel like it’s a memory that’s always going to be there and stay with me and help me throughout things that I might not get through on my own,” he said.

Bruschi and Merchure talked about their recoveries and posed for a picture. Before leaving, Bruschi signed a football, writing, “From one survivor to another.”

Though the visit was a small moment on this road to recovery, both Merchure and Decorpo appreciated Bruschi taking time to share encouragement. Since then, Merchure has returned home, and he hopes his journey helps others learn a crucial lesson.

“I hope that they just learn that nothing is permanent,” Merchure said. “Any situation that you’re in, or my situation, you can get through it. It’s just all about your mindset and how you perceive things.”

For Decorpo, she has a new appreciation for life and for the perseverance of her teenage son.

“I didn’t think that he was going to live and the fact that I’m sitting here next to him today is something that I won’t ever take for granted again,” she said. “I’m grateful that I have a child that can still annoy me and still amaze me and still frustrate me and still make me feel overcome with such incredible love. It has put a lot of things for me into perspective and I’m just really, really grateful

John Hannah Jersey Patriots

Not too great, though, when he calls Kilgore “old man” or sometimes “mountain man.” Though he knows that’s just Guge being Guge.

Then there’s the historical side of DeGuglielmo like when he shows clips to his players of some of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. Showed them one about former Patriots All-Pro John Hannah. And another that featured former Bengals’ All-Pro Anthony Munoz.

“Tried to show them what greatness looks like,” he explains. “Can you believe they hadn’t heard of them?”

And, oh yes, there’s one other side of DeGuglielmo we have yet to really touch on, a side that his players seem to have embraced as well – as much as you can embrace a kick in the butt. He can be brutally hard on his players, demanding that things be done precisely the way he wants it. Just as that sense of humor can quickly appear so can that Italian fuse.

Guard Evan Boehm played for DeGuglielmo last year in Indianapolis, which is a large reason why he is now with the Dolphins. You take care of Coach Guge and he’ll take care of you. Sometimes he’ll do it with a smile; other times with a scream. Either way, the message is usually received loud and clear.

“What you see is what you get,” Boehm said of his coach. “He’s the same person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He’s intense. He gets after it. He demands perfection. He makes practice 10 times harder than a game. He’ll kick you in the ass and pat you on the back, but I think he’s best known for kicking you in the ass.”

He’s been doing a lot of that lately, what with so much turnover on the offensive line and so little time each week to adjust and react. Consider what’s it been like:

The team’s best offensive lineman, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, was traded to the Houston Texans for a treasure trove of draft picks about 10 days before the season began.

Two early on starters – tackle Julién Davenport and guard Danny Isidora – are now on injured reserve.

Jesse Davis, the most versatile of his linemen, has missed time with an elbow injury.

As a result of the injuries, sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince got his first start a few weeks ago against the Chargers. Coach Guge was asked recently why he started Prince at right tackle. The response: “As opposed to me playing right tackle?” Funny man.

Last Sunday against the Redskins, it became four different lineups in five games when Davis returned from his injury.

Could it be five out of six games with different lineups on Sunday at Buffalo? There’s certainly a chance of that with Kilgore missing Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury sustained late in the game against the Redskins.

“When we say we have a long way to go, that’s an understatement,” DeGuglielmo said.

But progress is being made. Every day. Every practice. The hope is that a clear starting five can emerge and that some cohesiveness can develop that just wasn’t possible amid all the early season changes. The hope is that DeGuglielmo can get the most out of these players just as he has done so often through his coaching career.

Talk to each player and it is clear the type of impact Coach Guge is having.

“I’d love to play for him for the rest of my career,” said Kilgore.

When you get right down to it, what more do you really need to know than that?

Andy Bathgate Jersey Penguins

So I was thinking about Dean Prentice, the outstanding left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the right and Larry Popein in the middle on some pretty good Rangers teams in the latter part of the 1950s, and who passed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t thinking that he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, though in a bit I will establish a comparative standard that would certainly seem to indicate that No. 17 has been done wrong by a succession of HHOF selection committees.

Rather, I was thinking about the trade that sent the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a fine center, on Feb. 4, 1963, in the midst of a typical early-’60s Original Six season in which the NHL’s only two U.S.-based Northeast teams both missed the playoffs in six of the decade’s first seven years.

And I was thinking not only how that trade wasn’t exactly a winner for the Blueshirts, but how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the best of the Rangers in just about every deal between the clubs that I could recall.

Guess what? Until Jeff Gorton had baubles to offer the B’s leading up to the 2018 deadline purge, Boston pretty much had run the table.

As follows, ranked from best to worst, the good one or two, the bad, very bad and worst of the eight significant trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.
Pending free agent Nash sustained what became the final concussion of his career in Boston before retiring for medical reasons following the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, not only netted Lindgren, who is fast impressing folks in New York, but K’Andre Miller by virtue of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the previously owned Boston first-rounder.

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2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.
The draft choice became Joey Keane, a potential part of the future on the blue line gained for a transitory part of the past on his way to free agency.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.
On the ice, it honestly wasn’t all that terrible, the Rangers getting to one post-trade losing Cup final in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. But according to the heart, it was the day the music died and never, ever should have happened.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.
From 1955-56 through 1961-62, Prentice was 10th in the NHL with 358 points (163 goals). McKenney was seventh with 387 points (159 goals), per Hockey-Reference. But while Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded just 50 points (17 goals) in 76 games before he was sent to the Maple Leafs a year later in the Bathgate trade.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.
True enough, Fleming was a fan favorite and a reasonably important part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff teams, but Pie became an integral part of the Animalistic team wearing the spoked-B that won two Cups in the early ’70s while scoring 28 goals or more in four straight years on the line with Fred Stanfield at center and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.
When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to defense, where he became a first-team All-Star before going to Montreal, where he won the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an appreciable impact during their respective short stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.
Knuble, acquired from the Red Wings entering the 1998-99 season, simply could not establish himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 games) despite getting opportunities to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first year and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. But after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of the league’s most productive power wingers (243-236-479 in 851 games) while DiMaio rang up one goal and two assists in 12 career games wearing the Blueshirt.

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8. May 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.
Seriously, need one say more about this one other than it stands as New York hockey’s version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (under the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who played through 1973-74, retired with 860 points (391-469) in 1,378 games, for .624 points per game. His name is never mentioned when the annual balloting rolls around.

Yet winger Dick Duff, a contemporary, was inducted into the Hall in 2006 after a career in which he recorded 572 points (283-289) in 1,030 games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, except that Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal while Prentice won none while skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

But how many do you think each would have won if they’d exchanged sweaters throughout their respective careers?

Duff, of course, played in New York for a brief time, obtained as part of the package from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 points (7-13) in 42 games as a Ranger before he was sent to Montreal for Bill Hicke 10 months later.

So maybe we can infer.