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Locked On Celtics is a daily Boston Celtics podcast by Boston Sports Journal beat writer John Karalis. It's an inside look at the C's from a former professional basketball player who is at practices & games. Hear from players, call in to the voicemail line, and hear from some great guest hosts. It's the #1 podcast choice for Celtics fans. Part of the Locked On Podcast network.

Boston Celtics blowout Hornets by 35, Blake Gri...
The Boston Celtics destroyed the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night 140-105 for their 4th straight win and 13th in 14 games. Jayson Tatum had a casual 35, feasting on the soft Hornets rim defense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win, the ridiculous offensive numbers, the great vibes that show the focus of this team, and Blake Griffin (and Malcolm Brogdon) as important vets in the locker room for this team in particular.
28 min
Jaylen Brown drops 36, Boston Celtics win 12 of...
Jaylen Brown dropped 36 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards without Jayson Tatum. The Celtics got a lot of help from almost everyone on the roster, especially the bench (well, up until the 4th quarter). John Karalis gets into Brown's big game, Luke Kornett proving the Celtics front office right, Al Horford's hot shooting leading to layups, and how this game showed how far Brown and Marcus Smart have come as Boston Celtics.
30 min
Payton Pritchard saves Boston Celtics with dram...
It looked like the Celtics were going down a similar road they traveled in Chicago, where they were dominating early but then got too cute and let the other team go off. The Celtics went up 16 but were outscored by 20 after that -- until Payton Pritchard checked into the game and the energy shifted dramatically. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains what he saw first hand with the Garden crowd in that moment. Plus, the downside to the game, including the Celtics continuing to get too worked up about the officiating.
28 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 68 in wi...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both had MVP-level performances in their win against the Dallas Mavericks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about how they both got to their big point totals, how the Celtics were able to mostly limit the damage Luka Doncic inflicted, and the big bounceback games from the supporting cast. Plus, it's pretty clear this team's identity is on the offensive, not defensive end.
32 min
Are Boston Cetlics playing Al Hoford, Jayson Ta...
Things are going pretty well for the Celtics right now, even with the loss to Chicago. But are they playing with fire when it comes to how many minutes they're playing their guys. Al Horford is getting some time off, but he's playing big minutes in games. Jayson Tatum said he's been told to take games off but refused. Jaylen played more than anyone in Chicago and has been logging big minutes. Is there a plan to back off later? Is this a concern at all? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss.
36 min
Boston Celtics streak snapped, but there's a si...
The Celtics took the Chicago Bulls lightly and it cost them. The Celtics lost in Chicago again and their winning streak is snapped at 9, but there's a silver lining to all of this. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the mistakes the team made, a historically bad night for Al Horford, the turnover issues (again, especially with Jaylen Brown), and what the silver lining is for Boston.
33 min
Boston Celtics offense, winning without Tatum's...
The Boston Celtics are on a 9 game winning streak, and they've been doing it without Jayson Tatum's best games. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses some of the numbers behind their big streak, their amazing offense, how they're making up for Tatum not carrying the offensive load, and Jaylen Brown's assist binge.
31 min
Boston Celtics win 9th straight game, but it wa...
The Celtics won their 9th straight game, beating the New Orleans Pelicans but not without a fight. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was inside Smoothie King Center and has more on the team showing poise after it was its own worst enemy, the calming force that was Derrick White, and why Joe Mazzulla has a point about not calling timeouts, but it's still not a good enough reason.
16 min
Can Boston Celtics make it 9 straight wins in N...
The Boston Celtics are on a big roll, and they're hoping to make it 9 straight wins after their matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is in New Orleans for a crossover episode with Locked On Pelicans host Jake Madison to discuss the game and what makes each other's teams tough to beat.
39 min
Derrick White, Boston Celtics bench, step up fo...
The Celtics were missing Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum had his worst shooting and scoring night of the season, Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble, and the Celtics STILL blew the doors off the Atlanta Hawks. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how the Celtics were still able to get the blowout win and why Derrick White was the best player on the floor for Boston. Plus, let's give Joe Mazzulla his flowers.
31 min
Jayson Tatum MVP leader | Marcus Smart apprecia...
New odds show Jayson Tatum taking the early lead as the betting favorite in the MVP race. What does that really tell us about the Celtics? Plus, Marcus Smart is playing great basketball right now, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm take the opportunity to appreciate him a bit. Also, the Celtics 4th quarter defense is really good... why is it so bad the rest of the game?
42 min
Derrick White, Payton Pritchard boost Boston Ce...
The Boston Celtics are the hottest team in the league, and after a not-so-pretty win over the OKC Thunder, they're the best team in the league with an 11-3 record. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how Derrick White and Payton Pritchard woke up the sleepwalking Celtics in the third and completely changed the energy and how Marcus Smart was the savior in the fourth. Plus, Jayson Tatum's questionable technical foul, Grant Williams needs to chill after he got another tech, and more.
34 min
Mailbag: Who starts for Boston Celtics when Rob...
With the Celtics traveling back to Boston for Monday Night's game vs OKC, it's time to dip back into the mailbag for questions about Robert Williams' return and the impact on the lineups, and the few different ways it can go for Boston. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the possibilities and answers questions about Sam Hauser's opportunity, keeping Payton Pritchard, the Cleveland Cavaliers getting better, and ballin' in sweatpants.
32 min
Jayson Tatum drops 43, carries Boston Celtics t...
The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons were a whole lotta blah in the first half of their game Saturday night, but Jayson Tatum went off in the second half, dropping 43 points to carry the Celtics to a 117-108 win. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses Tatum's night, Grant Williams having a great game in 45 minutes of play, and Marcus Smart continuing his point guard wizardry in 43 minutes.
16 min
Boston Celtics win 5th straight, get MVP perfor...
The Boston Celtics have now won five straight games thanks to their win over the Denver Nuggets. Tatum played at an MVP level, Jaylen Brown was just about as good, Al Horford was hitting everything and Payton Pritchard made a big contribution with Malcolm Brogdon out. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and how Grant Williams and the Celtics defense was able to limit how much damage Nikola Jokic was able to inflict.
19 min
Grant Williams timid as a starter? Sam Hauser i...
It's only been two games, but the difference between Grant Williams on offense as a starter and as a reserve has been pretty stark. Yes, he's taken on some big defensive assignments, but he's nowhere near as aggressive on offense. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that before dipping into the mailbag for questions about Marcus Smart's All-Star chances, Joe Mazzulla dropping the interim tag, and Sam Hauser's impact on other teams... and whether he can finish games.
38 min
Boston Celtics win 4th straight, 85 combined po...
The Celtics started off like a good team in a trap game, but they snapped out of the early funk thanks to Jaylen Brown going off early, Sam Hauser getting hot, and Jayson Tatum going supernova in the third quarter and second half overall. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about all that, Marcus Smart's continued great point-guarding, and how the Celtics offense is being brilliantly run to get some really open Sam Hauser 3-pointers.
32 min
Boston Celtics evaluation: Who will regress? An...
After 10 games, the Celtics are 7-3 with the league's best offense and a meh defense. Where do they stand at this point? Are there any outliers? Who is due for a regression? Who moves to the bench when Robert Williams comes back? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that ... and ... did Joe Mazzulla send a message to Marcus Smart in the Bulls game that spurred these last two brilliant games?
38 min
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart brilliant in Boston ...
It wasn't as smooth finish, but the Celtics were able to get their third-straight win thanks to brilliant performances by Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. Tatum out-dueled Ja Morant, showing how he's leveled-up this season. Smart played perfectly for the second straight game. And the Celtics defense is showing real signs of improvement. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and why he's impressed by Jaylen Brown, even though he had a bad game overall.
32 min
Robert Williams back soon? How he fixes Boston ...
Robert Williams is talking like a guy who might be coming back in the not too distant future. He's two weeks away from the early end of his 8-12 week timeline, and things seems to be going well. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss how Rob will help fix the Celtics defensive problems and how he solves a lot when it comes to the closing lineups. Plus, why Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart are perfect in their current roles, so no one should want to change what's working.
35 min
Boston Celtics set team 3-point record, beat Ne...
The Boston Celtics set a team record, hitting 27 3-pointers on their way to a 133-118 win over the New York Knicks. Everyone who played hit one, Tatum and Brown had six each, and Sam Hauser hit five. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, the lack of defense that still plagues them, and the good news about Robert Williams.
18 min
Marcus Smart confused by Ime Udoka going to Bro...
Marcus Smart expressed some confusion about Ime Udoka's soon-to-be move to Brooklyn. And while he also expressed love for his current situation and Joe Mazzulla, the Udoka situation continues to be a source of confusion and conversation in the locker room. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the situation, why it's hard for players to separate themselves like the rest of us, and whether this should be any concern for Boston.
39 min
Boston Celtics lose to Cavs in OT again, but ou...
The Boston Celtics lost to the Cavs again in overtime... again... but this time there was a lot less to be worried about after the loss. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says he's coming out of this one feeling a lot better than after the last loss. Also, why Al Horford is playing too much, Sam Hauser's minutes were wasted, and Marcus Smart almost undid a lot of the good stuff he had done with one play. And, a closer look at the end of game after timeout plays from Joe Mazzulla.
35 min
Brooklyn Nets fire Steve Nash, preparing to hir...
The Brooklyn Nets made waves by firing Steve Nash on Tuesday, and then made even bigger news when it was revealed they're about to hire Ime Udoka to replace him. The Boston Celtics are letting him go without fighting for any compensation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains all the reasons why the Celtics might have been very happy to stand back and let him walk without any discussions about getting something in return. Also, should we be worried that Udoka is going to make the Nets significantly better?
28 min
Why Boston Celtics give up so many offensive re...
The Boston Celtics keep getting killed on the boards. Is that a sign that they need another big man, or is there something else to it? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has looked at every offensive rebound the Celtics have given up so far to find the answer. Plus, Marcus Smart is not 100%. Is it time to give him some time off? And, other thoughts on the win over Washington, including Jayson Tatum needing to be the screener a lot more.
41 min
Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown hel...
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown got things started with a dominant first quarter, then the Celtics hit their typical lull by giving up a ton of offensive rebounds. Then Malcolm Brogdon slammed the door on the Wizards with a huge run in the 3rd. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the win with Tom Westerholm, other players who stepped up, as well as some elements from the OT loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
34 min
Celtics-Cavs crossover preview | Grant Williams...
Grant Williams was suspended for one game for bumping an official. He talked about it at practice on Thursday. You'll hear everything he had to say about it. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Chris Manning of the Locked On Cavaliers podcast to discuss everything about the Celtics-Cavaliers matchup Friday night in Boston.
32 min
Grant Williams suspended & mailbag questions
Grant Williams, unsurprisingly, got suspended for a game for making contact with an official. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before getting into mailbag questions about Joe Mazzulla holding the Celtics accountable, a wake up call loss in Chicago, zone defenses, and Bol Bol.
26 min
Boston Celtics defense needs help, Grant Willia...
A second look at the Celtics defense recently shows just how much work they need, but it's easily fixable. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the ways it can be helped and why they can't wait until Robert Williams comes back to do it. Plus, Grant Williams vs. the refs needs to stop.
36 min
Boston Celtics meltdown vs. Chicago Bulls leads...
The Celtics looked great for about eight minutes or so in Chicago, but then it all fell apart after that. They got away from what was working on offense, leading to one of Joe Mazzulla's most stinging comments about the team so far this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses why this team needs to follow a specific offensive formula to win, the defensive issues plaguing them in the early going, and the complete meltdown that led to Joe Mazzulla and Grant Williams getting ejected.
33 min
Assessing the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum cros...
The Celtics are currently the NBA's only 3-0 team after sweeping both weekend games in Florida. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal reviews the win in Orlando with Locked On Magic host Philip Rossman-Reich, including Jayson Tatum's amazing performance, before previewing the Monday night game in Chicago with Locked On Bulls host Pat The Designer.
34 min
Boston Celtics survive in Orlando thanks to Jay...
This was exactly the kind of night I feared against the Orlando Magic. Luckily for the Celtics, the Magic are too young to know how to close games, and the Celtics had Jayson Tatum and Derrick White. Tatum dropped 40, White had an amazing 27 point night, and the Celtics survived a sluggish effort to hold on for the 126-120 win.
16 min
Boston Celtics get tough win in Miami behind Ja...
The Boston Celtics got 57 combined points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in a tough win against the Miami Heat Friday night. Brown was especially awesome in this one, but there were still some tough lessons to be learned here. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through the big performances, how the depth was on display again (including Malcolm Brogdon who had a big impact despite an off night) and Joe Mazzulla's timeout use (or lack thereof)
14 min
Boston Celtics head into big back-to-back weeke...
The Celtics are heading into a tough weekend (already) with a florida back-to-back against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss both matchups and why the Magic game is the more exciting one, before dipping into the mailbag to answer questions about Luke Kornet, the take foul helping Boston, Mazzulla's backup, and Draymond Green's punch.
48 min
Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown's greatness, Boston...
We're a day removed from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scoring 35 points apiece to knock off the Philadelphia 76ers, but we're not done talking about how great they were. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss their performance in more detail, the Celtics defense clamping down on Joel Embiid, Joe Mazzulla's job, and more.
40 min
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combine for 70 in Bo...
The Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night at the Garden behind 70 combined points from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal takes a look at why this performance felt different than other Jays combo performances, how the bench helped keep the ship afloat while the stars got themselves together, and how Joe Mazzulla passed his first test. Plus, a rant on the flagrant foul on Al Horford, and why the NBA needs to change how the landing spot rule is enforced.
31 min
No Grant Williams extension, what to watch for ...
Grant Williams did not get a new contract extension before the Monday deadline, and his tweets make it clear he's bothered by that at some level. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why this is just a matter of 'business is business.' Plus, Tuesday is opening night in the NBA, so what are we looking for from the Celtics as they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid? Also, the Celtics have new City Edition uniforms for the game, and they're okay.
33 min
Boston Celtics preseason review, regular season...
The Boston Celtics preseason is over, which means its time to assess where they are and start predicting games. That's where the Rainin' J's come in. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal welcomes back former hosts Jay King and Sam Packard of The Athletic to look back at the preseason to see what we learned before looking ahead to the regular season and predicting every game (which happens on the Anything Is Poddable feed).
36 min
1-on-1 with Boston Celtics center Mfiondu Kaben...
Mfiondu Kabengele is on a two-way deal, but he's still hoping to make an impact on the Celtics. In this one-on-one interview with Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis, Kabengele explains why he's not going to make the same mistakes again that almost cost him his spot in the NBA. Plus, how excited he is to get to talk to and learn from guys like Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, advice from his uncle Dikembe Mutombo, life in the G League, his desire to give back, and more.
31 min
Things we need to see in the Boston Celtics pre...
The Celtics wrapped up practice for the week, and they take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the things they'd like to see happen in that final preseason game, including Luke Kornet getting some run, the bigs figuring out how to free up their wings, Malcolm Brogdon and Jayson Tatum hitting shots, Joe Mazzulla tested as a coach, and more.
33 min
Luke Kornet's back, so what's the Boston Celtic...
38 min
Grant Williams becoming an offensive weapon for...
Grant Williams has added a little something to his game that has really impressed his teammates, including Al Horford who says everyone was in awe of one particular play. John Karalis broke down how Grant is using the threat of his 3-point shot to become an offensive threat (https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/10/10/how-grant-williams-is-using-the-threat-of-the-3-to-add-a-dangerous-element-to-his-game) and discusses it in depth here. Plus, how teams will probably play him now that he's whipping out these moves, and the one thing he has to do to make his moves unguardable. Also, Luke Kornet returns to the practice floor and Blake Griffin is really fitting in well with the guys.
34 min
BONUS EPISODE: NBA 2022 Preview: The Contenders...
50 min
Mailbag Monday: Jaylen Brown the coach, players...
The Boston Celtics played a preseason game on Friday where most of the regulars sat, but Jaylen Brown still played, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says the Celtics got away with a bad decision there. Plus, Noah Vonleh makes his case for more minutes. Then, it's time to open up the mailbag again to talk about small lineups, zone defense, and the Celtics toning down their arguments with officials. There's also a mailbag question about Jaylen Brown's future, and his potential as a coach when he's done playing.
39 min
Boston Celtics Friday vibes check with Abby Chin
It's Friday, they've played two preseason games, and they're looking pretty damn good after a pretty bad situation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal brings in Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston to get a sense of where the team was in the wake of the Ime Udoka scandal, where they are now, and who is standing out so far in the preseason.
37 min
Sam Hauser, Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum shine...
Okay, the Celtics technically lost to the Raptors, but they won the part of the game that mattered. Sam Hauser was the biggest story of the game, showing that he's more than capable of handling Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Malcolm Brogdon continues to be Hauser's primary source of points, dropping dimes left and right and becoming so good it's scary. And Jayson Tatum showed some new things attacking the basket, and John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says if he keeps doing that all season, Tatum will be an MVP candidate.
33 min
Marcus Smart disrespected in NBA GM Survey, Bos...
The Boston Celtics had a very quiet and unassuming practice, but we heard from JD Davison about his camp. Plus, the NBA GM Survey is out and Marcus Smart got some real disrespect, especially for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Tom Westerholm to talk about those things before answering mailbag questions on why the Celtics defense looks different and why Grant Williams might not get an extension before the season starts.
50 min
Blake Griffin joins Boston Celtics & how Jayson...
Blake Griffin is officially a member of the Boston Celtics. He was with the Celtics for Monday's practice and spoke to the media. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Tom Westerholm to discuss Griffin's role and what we can expect. Plus, they go over the leftovers from the preseason opener, including initial impressions of the super-small lineup featuring Jayson Tatum at center.
42 min
Boston Celtics win preseason opener by 41 behin...
The Boston Celtics dominated in their preseason opener, shooting the lights out on their way to a 41 point win. Jaylen Brown got them going early, Sam Hauser showed why the Celtics were excited to have him, and Malcolm Brogdon showed why he's bringing balance to the team this season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that and more from TD Garden, including Grant Williams looking smooth, one amazingly great statistic, and one incredibly bad one.
32 min
Joe Mazzulla loves his assistant coaches, & mai...
The Boston Celtics first week of training camp is almost over, and so far, so good for Joe Mazzulla and his coaching staff. Of course, his coaching staff is Ime Udoka's coaching staff, but he seems pretty cool with how things are going. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before opening the mailbag to answer questions about Mazzulla's potential future, Robert Williams' injury and finding another big man, and adding Jae Crowder.
32 min
Malcolm Brogdon the difference-maker, and Bosto...
Day 2 of the Celtics training camp brought more good vibes, which are still very necessary, after the Ime Udoka scandal. But it might be Malcolm Brogdon who makes a huge difference early, not just with is on-court ability, but his unique perspective after all he's seen in six NBA seasons with six different head coaches. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the impact Brogdon can make, the growing pains of integrating him, and then Boston's pursuit of former assistant (now with the Clippers) Jay Larranaga. Why are they chasing him? What would that mean to the team? And what are the possible unitended consequences?
43 min
Boston Celtics get back to practice, chasing no...
The Celtics seemed eager to get back to the practice floor after the Ime Udoka saga of the past week or so. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford all seemed to be back to their usual selves, Grant Williams was helping settle down the vibes, and Luke Kornet was practicing with the starters. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was there, and brings us the details of how the team looked and felt after day 1.
35 min
Boston Celtics media day: Moving on from Ime Udoka
36 min
Ime Udoka punishment defended by Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck discussed the Ime Udoka situation, defending their handling of the investigation and punishment, and decrying the ways people on social media involved women with nothing to do with the situation. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, how serious the situation must be if people like Matt Barnes are pulling back their initial support of Udoka, and why no one should be blaming the team or reporters for the social media reaction.
48 min
Boston Celtics suspend Ime Udoka for a full season
The Boston Celtics have officially suspended head coach Ime Udoka for a full season for his inappropriate, consensual relationship with a Celtics staffer. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com try to work through the lack of details to figure out how this might impact the team.
58 min
Breaking: Ime Udoka facing suspension from Bost...
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ime Udoka faces a possible "significant suspension" for a violation of team rule. What that violation is still isn't known, but this is suddenly a real test of the culture of accountability Udoka has set up.
7 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #5: What does Al ...
We're back to asking the important camp questions as the Celtics season quickly approaches. Question #5 is about Al Horford, and what he might have left in the tank. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what it might take to keep Horford healthy, why they need to treat him differently than everyone else, and why they at some point will have to start phasing him out, no matter what.
32 min
Robert Williams knee surgery: What it means for...
Robert Williams will need another surgery on his left knee ... the same one where he tore his meniscus at the end of last season. It sounds bad, but John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says it's probably not as bad as it sounds. What this means for him and the team, who might benefit most from him missing a month, and why Rob needs to think a little more like an old man when he plays.
32 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #4: Will Brad Ste...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our fourth question: Will Brad Stevens feel compelled to make an early move? Under what circumstances would Stevens feel that a trade in December is better for the team? Is there pressure on him to make a move early if something goes wrong rather than to wait? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that and more, including whether Danilo Gallinari could be traded.
38 min
Boston Celtics camp questions: #3 - How will Im...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our third question: How will Ime Udoka evolve as a head coach in his second season? What new twists will he add to a defense that was already one of the league's best? What can he do to juice the offense? How will the players factor into how much Udoka is able to evolve? John Karalis discusses that and more in this podcast companion to his piece on Boston Sports Journal: https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/09/12/boston-celtics-camp-questions-3-how-will-ime-udoka-evolve-in-year-two
34 min
Boston Celtics camp questions #2: Can Robert Wi...
We continue the 10-part series of Celtics camp questions with our second question: Can Robert Williams make another big leap forward this year? What can he do to stay healthier? How can he be a bigger part of the offense? What role does Ime Udoka have in unlocking some of Rob's potential?
38 min
Camp questions: Can Boston Celtics handle expec...
Training camp opens in just a couple of weeks, so today we're starting our series of 10 camp questions (a companion podcast to the written series on Boston Sports Journal) for the Boston Celtics. John Karalis dives into question #1: Can the Celtics handle the expectations of being one of the favorites in the NBA?
32 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Grant Williams contract...
It's time for another mailbag and one of the big recurring questions is about Grant Williams getting a contract extension. Another is about who the Celtics might pursue to replace Danilo Gallinari. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers both questions, explaining why waiting on Williams makes him easier to trade, and why waiting to replace Gallo allows for an in-house candidate to grab the spot. Also, trading Payton Pritchard, advice for first time Celtics fan visitors to Boston, and more.
37 min
Is Jaylen Brown a future Hall of Famer? And Bos...
The NBA season is around the corner, which we know because of the NBA 2K player ratings that are making the rounds (and have some players upset). John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm get into that before getting into a Hall of Fame weekend discussion about how many current Celtics will make it to the Hall of Fame. Jayson Tatum seems like a lock, but what about Jaylen Brown. Is there a path for him to build a Hall of Fame resume?
33 min
Carmelo Anthony to the Boston Celtics? Sixers g...
Is Carmelo Anthony a good option for the Celtics now that Danilo Gallinari is likely to miss the season? Will he have a big enough role where it matters? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, the Sixers signing Montrezl Harrell and how that just amps up the pressure a little bit for the Celtics, and Marcus Smart's comments on his health, the Finals, and Jaylen Brown.
35 min
Mailbag Monday: Danilo Gallinari done for seaso...
It turns out Danilo Gallinari's knee injury is much worse than initially thought. The initial diagnosis of a torn meniscus was wrong, and it turned out to be a torn ACL that could cost Gallinari the whole season. So what can the Celtics do now to make up for the loss? Do they sign someone or wait? Do they spend more money? Is Carmelo Anthony an answer? What about Montrezl Harrell? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal opens up the mailbag to answer those questions and a lot more.
48 min
Donovan Mitchell traded to Cleveland Cavaliers:...
Danny Ainge is at it again, surprising everyone with a big trade by sending Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers for three unprotected picks, two swaps, Lauri Markkanen, Colin Sexton and Ochai Agbaji, How good does this really make the Cavs in the East? What kind of pressure does this put on the Celtics? Does it add even more pressure on them to perform right away? Can they raid the Jazz for any of their remaining vets? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that and more.
37 min
NBA veteran reacts to Celtics summer of Jaylen ...
We've heard from the podcasters about the events of this summer, but today we're getting an NBA veteran and champion's take on the Boston Celtics summer of rumors involving Jaylen Brown, the Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari signings, and what it means that Brogdon is coming off the bench. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a positive update on Gallinari's timeline for return.
30 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Danilo Gallinari injury...
It's a Mailbag Monday, and the big question is about the knee injury Danilo Gallinari suffered in the Eurobasket tournament over the weekend. It ended up being a torn meniscus, which means they dodged a bullet considering how bad it looked but the questions came in immediately about what it means for the Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that while also answering questions about Jaylen Brown's next contract and a potential no-trade clause, what a good season would look like, leaps for Luke Kornet and Sam Hauser, and why the ad breaks are what they are on the podcast.
37 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Jayson Tatum's wrist in...
The mailbag is overflowing, this time with questions about Jayson Tatum's recently disclosed fractured wrist, the Celtics getting a new arena (which won't happen for a while), adding homegrown talent to the team, and a podcast idea that might be really fun, or end someone's career. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com have some fun with their answers.
36 min
Kevin Durant goes back to Brooklyn. How this im...
Kevin Durant rescinded his trade request after one more meeting with the Brooklyn Nets, ending the summer-long drama that enveloped multiple teams, including the Boston Celtics and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss Durant's decision, how this impacts the Celtics, and why the Celtics should be happy that he made this decision.
40 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Fixing Jaylen Brown's t...
Mailbag Monday brings more interesting questions, like what Jaylen Brown needs to do to cut down on his turnovers, but the numbers might not be telling the whole truth there. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, whether it's the Celtics who are planting Kevin Durant rumors, and the search for another backup big man. Plus, what happens if the league expands, and a day in the life of a beat reporter covering the team.
42 min
National TV exposure, Bill Russel tribute jerse...
The Celtics are going to be heavily featured on national television (45% of their regular season will be available nationally), how will that impact Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and even Robert Williams? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, the new Bill Russell tribute jersey being unveiled on opening night and why Matt Ryan is not coming back to the Celtics
43 min
Boston Celtics schedule released: Why the C's m...
The NBA released it schedule on Wednesday and it looks like, at least at first glance, that the Celtics might have caught a little bit of a scheduling break that will be helpful for a team coming off a deep playoff run. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains that, why December and January could be pivotal months, and why the final four games of the season could be the most important of them all.
31 min
Boston Celtics Christmas Day game set; Jaylen B...
The full NBA schedule is about to be released, but we got a few dates for the Celtics, including the opening night game against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Christmas game against the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, Jaylen Brown's recent appearance in Boston, and Grant Williams thoughts on the Kevin Durant rumors.
47 min
Mailbag: Could Jaylen Brown reject a Boston Cel...
It's a Mailbag Monday and there are still a few questions coming in about a potential trade with Brooklyn for Kevin Durant. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into whether the Jaylen Brown could reject a trade and Durant slowing down. Plus, questions about Colin Sexton, shuffling the starting lineup, Enes Kanter being out of the league, and how music can get someone ready for a basketball game.
37 min
Brooklyn's insane request in Kevin Durant/Bosto...
Brooklyn's apparent first request from Boston in a discussion for Kevin Durant was an absolutely ridiculous ask that shows maybe the Nets aren't quite serious about trading their star. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss that, whether the C's can eventually get away with trading for Durant without giving up Jaylen Brown, and more. First, they discuss Bill Russell's league-wide number retirement, and John floats an idea of what more the NBA can do to TRULY honor his legacy.
41 min
New Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics rumors
The Celtics just can't escape the Kevin Durant rumors. A new report this week suggests Durant wants Brooklyn's owner to choose between him or Sean Marks and Steve Nash, but that he also has a very good relationship with Ime Udoka. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal digs in his heels and says Durant has crossed over into culture killer, and Boston should avoid him. However, there is still an opening where Durant to Boston could happen.
31 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Hassan Whiteside? Matt ...
The Celtics need a backup big, and in this Mailbag Monday, the question is once again posed about whether Hassan Whiteside might be a good option. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal once again gives a difinitive answer about him and others, and why this is such a precarious situation for this year's team. Plus, Matt Ryan's future, Carsen Edwards clearly taking John's advice, and why aspiring podcasters should do the same when John answers the question about podcasters just getting started.
46 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown's future, Tacko Fall retu...
Time to dip back into the mailbag, beginning with Jaylen Brown questions regarding an extension, a new contract, and his name being in trade rumors. Plus, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers questions about Tacko Fall returning in a backup role, playing with pace, why 90's basketball wasn't good, and why not even the best college team ever could beat the worst NBA team ever.
37 min
Jayson Tatum BS rumors, Boston Celtics big man ...
An anonymous GM suggested trading Jayson Tatum for Kevin Durant and suddenly a rumor that will never actually happen arrives out of nowhere. Should we even pay attention to these kinds of stories, or is it just something that fills time? Plus, are the Celtics are playing some kind of game when it comes to their back up big situation? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss those things before talking more about Bill Russell and the proper way to honor his legacy.
44 min
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has died
The world suffered a staggering loss when Bill Russell, a champion on and off the court, died over the weekend. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal shares some of the impact Russell had on the game and as a civil rights leader. Through the worst of times, Russell channeled his energy to winning on the floor. It was the one thing they could never take away.
26 min
Jaylen Brown should take rumors as a compliment...
We turned the podcast over to you, sort of, and asked what topics should be discussed on this Friday show. You came up with dispelling the notion that being sought after is a bad thing when it comes to Jaylen Brown and trade rumors. Plus, a look at contract incentives and a few minutes of Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis talking about his own playing career.
36 min
Jaylen Brown/Kevin Durant rumors: The what-ifs ...
The Celtics made news earlier this week by being linked to the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, but what makes anyone think Durant, a friend of Kyrie Irving's, would want to play in Boston? What about Jaylen Brown's off-court endeavors? Are they work it? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss some of the what ifs regarding this deal, and how they should approach that possibility.
47 min
Jaylen Brown/Kevin Durant rumors, new details, ...
Some new details came out about the potential timing of the Boston Celtics discussion with the Brooklyn Nets about a possible Jaylen Brown trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss whether that changes their takes on a potential trade. Plus, Jayson Tatum weighs in on the matter, and we question whether the opinions of rival GMs should be trusted.
48 min
Jaylen Brown, Kevin Durant trade rumors: What's...
Jaylen Brown was once again brought up in connection to a Kevin Durant trade, but what's really going on this time? Is there smoke leading to a fire, or is this some kind of posturing that's sucking the Celtics into a rumor? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss why this rumor popped off when it did, the possible ramifications, what Brooklyn might be trying to accomplish, and directions where this might go.
46 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Dwight Howard, Derrick ...
It's time for a Mailbag Monday, and in this one, we're wondering if the Celtics should sign Dwight Howard as a backup big. Plus, Derrick White scenrios, including trading him away, reunions with old role players, and John Karalid dips into his past for some of his own personal favorite trash talk.
40 min
Breaking down the Eastern Conference & where Bo...
There are obviously some big potential moves hanging around the NBA right now (Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant), but free agency is mostly over. Where do the Celtics stand? Who are the other power players? Who's in the playoffs? Who jumps out of the play in? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Locked On Raptors host Sean Woodley to discuss how the conference shakes out rigth now.
43 min
Grant Williams gets spicy about Boston Celtics ...
Grant Williams jumped onto Duncan Robinson's podcast to discuss a bunch of topics, including his own improvement. But the biggest headine came when he declared the Golden State Warriors weren't better than the Celtics and that they were the more disciplined deam. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss Grant's podcast appearance, why players who are doing these podcasts are still the media, and other Grant's fawning over Sam Hauser's jumper. Grant Williams jumped onto Duncan Robinson's podcast to discuss a bunch of topics, including his own improvement. But the biggest headine came when he declared the Golden State Warriors weren't better than the Celtics and that they were the more disciplined deam. John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss Grant's podcast appearance, why players who are doing these podcasts are still the media, and other Grant's fawning over Sam Hauser's jumper.
46 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Summer signings, John C...
The mailbag (JohnKaralis.com/mailbag) was full, so John Karalis emptied it by answering questions about Matt Ryan, Mfiondu Kabengele, going Euro to find a big, internal improvement, making the schedule, and potentially moving Payton Pritchard. Also, a rant on how people don't really know what the media is, and why players shouldn't pay attention to what is said about them.
39 min
Boston Celtics let Evan Fournier TPE expire. No...
The Celtics no longer have the $17.1 million Evan Fournier traded player exception, choosing to let it expire at midnight without being used. So now what? John Karalis and Keith Smith discuss why this made sense and the thought process behind filling the few remaining holes on the roster. Also, Keith suggests some big men Boston can get, which nearly kills John in the process.
54 min
Boston Celtics have impressive summer leaguers....
The Celtics got impressive performances from JD Davison, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Juhann Begarin to end the summer, but no one should be safe from a trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses why the Celtics should be open to moving these guys for the right immediate help. Also, an abbreviated Mailbag Monday gets us a question about Al Horford as player/coach.
37 min
JD Davison goes off for Boston Celtics in summe...
The Celtics got a monster performance from JD Davison on Thursday, showing some impressive growth over the week. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss what a performance like this means for him. Also, was Matt Ryan's DNP a good sign? What kind of coaching job has Ben Sullivan done? And John takes a detour through Phoenix for a quick discussion about the Deandre Ayton situation.
38 min
Boston Celitcs lineup w/Malcolm Brogdon, Danilo...
How important is summer league for this Celtics team, really? Are fans really that invested in what happens in Las Vegas? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal is joined by Chuck McKenney, co-founder of RedsArmy.com and diehard Celtics fan to discuss where fans might actually be focused in July. What was the reaction to getting Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, how does it impact Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart? What does Ime Udoka do with the offense with better players around from the begining? And how does he deploy Brogon and Gallinari when the season starts?
49 min
Boston Celtics summer standouts & Brad Stevens ...
The Boston Celtics won again in Summer League, and even though Matt Ryan and Sam Hauser didn't play, there were some good shooting performances. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss who really has a chance at sticking around and why, before moving onto Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka flat out saying they're looking to add another big to the roster. Stevens says he's allowed to keep spending, so how will he do it?
36 min
Celtics win wild summer league game, rooting fo...
The Boston Celtics won one of the most ridiculous summer league games you'll ever see -- hell, one of the most ridiculous games in general you'll ever see -- thanks to a Matt Ryan buzzer beater. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs us through the wild twists in the fourth quarter and then discusses why Ryan is so easy to root for. Plus, Grant Williams talks about his potential extension and Malcolm Brogdon talks about being the sixth man.
32 min
Boston Celtics tough Summer League start, big l...
The Boston Celtics had a tough start to their summer league, with Sam Hauser really struggling to shoot it, but Matt Ryan filling it up. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the first game and explains why Hauser is fine, and has ways to show his worth. Plus, we dip into the mailbag to show why the luxury tax situation is really putting a damper on the back up big signings. Also, can Celtics owners find a new building? What lineups should we look forward to? And where does Pritchard fit?
36 min
Should Boston Celtics bring Aron Baynes back?
Aron Baynes is working out for teams in Las Vegas after missing a lot of time due to a freak spinal cord injury. Should the Celtics be pushing for a reunion? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that one "if" that needs to be answered, and why a healthy Baynes could be the answer to the backup center Boston is looking for. Also, what should we be looking for from Sam Hauser in Las Vegas? And a conversation with Locked On Pacers host Tony East about Malcolm Brogdon and what Boston should expect.
36 min
Boston Celtics need a backup big. Get one now, ...
The Boston Celtics have made some really good moves by getting Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, but it's pretty widely determined that they still need a backup big man. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss the final hole in Boston's roster, how it might be filled, and why waiting seems like the best answer.
37 min
Boston Celtics head to summer league. Can Sam H...
The Celtics are heading to summer league, and on Tuesday, the team held a media availability where JD Davison spoke. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm of Boston.com discuss expect proper expectations for summer league, whether Sam Hauser or JD Davison can stand out, the choice Davison has to make about his future, and Grant Williams making an appearance as an official.
45 min