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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.

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