Turns out Robert Kraft's optimism on Rob Gronkowski may be unfounded. According to a source familiar with the case, Gronkowski is going to need a fourth operation to change the plate that's securing the broken bone in the forearm. While there has been some suggestion recently that this step might be avoided, the source indicated the fourth operation still has to happen. The plate has to be switched, no matter what, and the surrounding tissue tested. The real question is if Gronkowski, who has been taking part in the team's offseason program, will need a fifth operation. If tests show the infection has been completely flushed out, the plate will be replaced, and the recovery process begins. (Boston Herald) Comment
A an already dangerous lineup featuring Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein could be devastating if Andrew Wiggins chooses Kentucky. Kentucky will likely have the nation's most talented roster regardless of whether Wiggins comes or not, but John Calipari will boast the top-rated recruit at every position if the talented Canadian joins the Wildcats. ... The question for Wiggins regarding Kentucky is twofold: Does he want the nonstop attention he'd receive in a basketball-crazed state and does he mind sharing the ball with so many other high-level prospects? By all accounts, Wiggins is more publicity-shy than publicity-starved, so that could impact his decision. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
LeBron James has just about a foot on Nate Robinson, which might make for an interesting matchup in Game 2. The Heat was outgunned 35-24 in the final period [of Game 1], with the Bulls scoring the final 10 points of the game. At the center of Chicago's dominant late-game charge was diminutive point guard Nate Robinson, who scored nine of the Bulls' final 12 points, including the last seven of the game. ... The Heat's frontcourt players share equal responsibility for picking up Robinson once he moves into the paint. After Monday's defensive debacle, LeBron James said he "wouldn't be surprised" if he was "stuck" guarding Robinson late in games. "I'll take the challenge on anyone," James said. (The Miami Herald) Comment
San Jose fans perform the 'Shark Chomp' during Game 4 of the first round of the NHL playoffs. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Knicks' Iman Shumpert throws down a hellacious put-back dunk.