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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 road warriors, re-thinking Marcu...
The Boston Celtics begin a long stretch of road games with their last week of the preseason schedule that will really test who they are as a team. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the pitfalls and advantages of an early road-heavy schedule. Plus, after two preseason games, maybe Marcus Smart will play less actual point guard than we think. And then we predict how many triple doubles Jayson Tatum will have this season.
29 min
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart get ball popping; Im...
The Boston Celtics won their second straight preseason game and the passing from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart was a huge reason for it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into why their passing was so important, the games from Romeo Langford and Grant Williams and why they could play huge roles, and the very obvious minutes crunch that will be Ime Udoka's biggest challenge this season.
36 min
Ime Udoka's Boston Celtics culture, everyone lo...
Marcus Smart and Grant Williams got into it in practice on Thursday, a sign of the intensity that players are constantly talking about. John Karalis & Tom Westerholm discuss the culture-building going on in Boston, the intense love being shown by everyone for Al Horford, and the things we're looking for when the Celtics take on Toronto on Saturday night.
38 min
Al Horford & Dennis Schröder's critical relatio...
Al Horford and Dennis Schröder already have good chemistry, and their relationship could be critical to the success of the Boston Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks that down and then gets into some assistant coach/player pairings for player enhancement, including a very smart decision to pair Damon Stoudemire and Marcus Smart. Also, the one piece of advice Ime Udoka is giving the Celtics that we can all get on board with.
32 min
Robert Williams struggles with Boston Celtics d...
The Boston Celtics were switching like crazy on defense in their first preseason game, and Robert Williams struggled mightily with it. Is that a sign of something to worry about? John Karalis goes into what he saw on film, what the Celtics might be doing with their rotations, why Juancho Hernangomez started Monday, why Al Horford looked so much quicker than Williams, and where Josh Richardson fits in all of this. Plus, interesting (and somewhat encouraging) answers about the Celtics in the annual GM survey.
36 min
Jaylen Brown leads Boston Celtics, Romeo Langfo...
Jaylen Brown was cooking early with 16 first quarter points and Romeo Langford finished off a late comeback as the Boston Celtics won their first preseason game. John Karalis runs through the good (Brown's 25 pts, Jayson Tatum playing bully ball, the Al Horford/Dennis Schröder connection) and the bad (Josh Richardson's offense, sloppy over-passing, Marcus Smart). Plus, Jaylen goes out of his way to mention Smart in postgame comments.
37 min
What to watch for in 1st Boston Celtics preseas...
The Boston Celtics are getting ready to take on the Orlando Magic in their first preseason game. John Karalis runs through the stuff he is looking for, from player combinations, to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown playing off each other and on their own, to starting lineups. Plus, Ime Udoka says he's probably going to have have two captains this season, but Marcus Smart doesn't seem to care if he's one of them.
31 min
Marcus Smart opens up & Ime Udoka loves Al Horf...
Marcus Smart said on media day that he doesn't have to look over his shoulder anymore. John Karalis had a conversation with Smart to figure out what he meant by that. Also, Ime Udoka continues to gush about Al Horford, and a couple of his quotes from Thursday support John's takes from the Thursday podcast, especially when it comes to pace of play.
41 min
Jaylen Brown enjoys playing with Jayson Tatum, ...
Boston Celtics training camp rolls on and Jaylen Brown was asked about his relationship with Jayson Tatum. You'll hear his answer and John Karalis' reaction to a tired narrative. Plus, Brown and Ime Udoka discuss the day on the practice floor and John thinks he might have found a clue about the starting lineup.
38 min
Dennis Schröder's situation might be a little m...
What seemed to be an obvious one season sojourn for Dennis Schröder in Boston born from desperation might actually be a little more than that. John Karalis gets into how Schröder seems to have been targeted much earlier than we realized and how that could change how he and the Celtics proceed down the line.
31 min
Media Day! Jaylen Brown on Ime Udoka, Marcus Sm...
The Boston Celtics held their media day on Monday. John Karalis was there and has three of the biggest stories to come out Monday's session: Jaylen Brown on buying into new head coach Ime Udoka, Marcus Smart's very interesting comments on being a full-time point guard, and Robert Williams muscle watch!
31 min
Mailbag! A John Wall trade? Jaylen Brown, Jayso...
John Karalis returns with a mailbag of questions sent in during the break, including the Boston Celtics getting involved in a John Wall trade, Jabari Parker having a resurgence, Dennis Johnson's place in history, regular season rotations, and the offseason workouts of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
34 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 7: End of the road ...
Brad Stevens shocked everyone by deciding to leave the sidelines and become the President of Basketball Operations. John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney discuss the end of the Stevens coaching era in Boston.
34 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 6: Brad's bubble bu...
Brad Stevens comes out of the Kyrie Irving era with two young studs in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and the arrival of Kemba Walker, but COVID-19 creates a rough situation that spells the beginning of the end of his time on the sidelines. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon discuss.
26 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 5: Kyrie Irving era...
The Kyrie Irving era ended with a thud for Boston, and the final season was the first real step backwards for Brad Stevens and his reputation. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon dive into what went wrong as Stevens struggled to deal with a difficult star.
28 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 4: Kyrie Irving arr...
In our latest look at the Brad Stevens coaching era, John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney move on to the Kyrie Irving era in Boston and the Gordon Hayward injury that derailed everything.
31 min
Brad Stevens Deep Dive part 3: Al Horford teams...
Al Horford changes the game for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics, coming to Boston to team up with Isaiah Thomas. John Karalis, Chuck McKenney, and Mike Dynon continued their deep dive into the Brad Stevens coaching era.
31 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 2: Isaiah Thomas ac...
The deep dive into the Brad Stevens coaching tenure in Boston continues as the conversation between John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney extends to the Isaiah Thomas era and how he accelerated what was probably supposed to be a longer rebuilding process for Stevens and the Celtics.
28 min
Brad Stevens deep dive part 1: Celtics hire Ste...
We begin a special 7-part series on the Brad Stevens coaching era in Boston with a look at him getting hired and how Danny Ainge jumped on the chance to bring Stevens to the NBA when he had the opportunity. John Karalis, Mike Dynon, and Chuck McKenney discuss his arrival in Boston.
30 min
Mailbag! Retired numbers, Dennis Schröder off b...
The final mailbag of the week (there were a lot of questions!) concludes with more lineup questions, including moving Dennis Schröder off the ball, an alternative for retired numbers, and ways to find team chemistry. Plus, finding one all-time lineup that would save the earth and more questions about John's job.
43 min
Mailbag! Trade for Ben Simmons? Awards odds? Li...
There have been so many questions submitted, that John Karalis had to get another bonus mailbag before the regular Friday Q&A. Today's questions include pursuit of a Ben Simmons trade, potential lineups and starting Juancho Hernangomez, and who might win postseason awards. Plus, what was John's moment of realization that basketball would become a full-time job?
34 min
What are the Celtics motivations & can Ime Udok...
The Boston Celtics are about to begin an interesting year, and they could be motivated by a few different things that could shape how the season goes. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses what might happen if the Celtics think they have a puncher's chance, or if they're in full evaluation or development mode. Of course, they could adjust those motivations on the fly, and it could all impact what Brad Stevens does at the trade deadline. And none of it matters if Ime Udoka can't make a meaningful connection with his team.
34 min
Bonus mailbag! Jaylen Brown as sidekick, Dennis...
John Karalis dips into the deep bag of mailbag questions do get into Jaylen Brown's feelings about the narrative that he's Jayson Tatum's sidekick, Dennis Schröder's anticipated role, 2023 free agents and the possible pursuit of Christian Wood or Jerami Grant ... and more!
33 min
Boston Celtics get Juancho Hernangomez. Should ...
The Boston Celtics are taking a flyer on Juancho Hernangomez, a guy John Karalis targeted earlier this offseason as a potential reclamation project. But the numbers show that he's worth a look as a starter, even if he's coming off a disaster season.
33 min
Mailbag! Damian Lillard vs. Bradley Beal, Romeo...
John Karalis opens another mailbag to set expectations for this upcoming season (including expected stat lines for players), contemplate a comparison to the 1986 Celtics, Romeo Langford's chances, Jabari Parker as a potential "diamond in the rough," a choice between Lillard and Beal, and how teams like Brooklyn and Philadelphia spend money while Boston couldn't in certain scenarios.
36 min
What's next for Jaylen Brown, maybe the most im...
Jaylen Brown has made some pretty remarkable improvements so far. John Karalis continues his conversation with the Globe's Chad Finn to discuss what might be next for Brown, and how he might be the most important member of the Boston Celtics this season.
36 min
Brad Stevens, trade deadline pressure, and bein...
Brad Stevens has taken the wheel at a pivotal moment for the Boston Celtics franchise. Things look good right now, but his moves this summer were done in low-pressure circumstances. John Karalis and Chad Finn of the Boston Globe discuss whether Stevens can handle the pressure of the trade deadline, how Stevens has revealed his true feelings about some players, and how he's become a lot of what Danny Ainge wasn't over the past few seasons.
36 min
Bonus Mailbag! Jayson Tatum's MVP case, Damian ...
There were so many questions after the last mailbag that John Karalis needed to open it back up again to get out some more answers. This week, the questions include what it would take for Jayson Tatum to win MVP, how real Damian Lillard trade talk is, how close the Celtics are to a championship, and how buyouts work.
32 min
What do the Boston Celtics & Dennis Schröder ow...
The Boston Celtics and Dennis Schröder have entered into a wildly unique partnership. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks into what both sides owe each other as they navigate one fascinating season together.
32 min
Mailbag! Marcus Smart most improved? Bonding on...
It's a mailbag Friday, and John Karalis dives in to answer questions about Marcus Smart for most improved player, Payton Pritchard as the 5th starter, TPE targets, an early bonding opportunity with a road-heavy start to the schedule, and when the next championship might be won.
39 min
Payton Pritchard's minutes & deeper dive into R...
mThe Boston Celtics handed out extensions to Robert Williams and Marcus Smart that seemed good at the time, but may even look better when you take a big-picture view. John Karalis brings in Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston to take a deeper dive into those deals before debating the 5th starter and looking into the minutes distribution to figure out where Payton Pritchard actually fits.
51 min
Brad Stevens eliminates Boston Celtics excuses ...
Brad Stevens has done a lot in his first summer at the helm of the Boston Celtics. He traded away Kemba Walker, got Al Horford back, acquired Josh Richardson and Dennis Schröder, and extended Marcus Smart and Robert Williams' contracts. But with each of those moves, Stevens also eliminated another excuse for this coming season's team. John Karalis runs all of those down, including one about Stevens himself.
35 min
Surprise! Boston Celtics extend Josh Richardson...
Brad Stevens' busy offseason rolls on with a surprise extension of Josh Richardson's contract. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks down what it means in terms of a trade, keeping him if he ends up meshing with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in Ime Udoka's system, and creating the flexibility Stevens so badly wants.
31 min
Boston Celtics commit to Robert Williams w/4-ye...
Robert Williams is getting a big extension: 4-years, $54 million. John Karalis looks at the numbers, why the Celtics are obviously not concerned about Williams' injury history, how this makes him the clear starter, and why a trade involving Williams this year will now be extraordinarily complicated. Also: a quick look at the upcoming schedule, including when Kevin Garnett's number will be retired.
33 min
What if the Boston Celtics only build around Ja...
There has been a lot of talk around bringing in a third star for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but what if the plan is simply to add great role players around them and roll with the two-star plan? Who can be their Jrue Holiday? John Karalis and Keith Smith continue their conversation about where the Boston Celtics stand after the Marcus Smart extension and the Evan Fournier sign and trade, and what their options might be for building a contender.
40 min
Where Boston Celtics stand in pursuit of 3rd st...
The Boston Celtics have gone from a team with cap space next season to an over-the-cap team after the Marcus Smart extension & Evan Fournier sign-and-trade. So where do the Celtics stand and how does this impact their pursuit of a third star like Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, or someone else? John Karalis brings cap expert Keith Smith in break down the Celtics new financial situation and how they might proceed.
55 min
Boston Celtics blown out in summer league champ...
That's right, the departure to the New York Knicks where you thought Boston was losing Evan Fournier for nothing actually turned into a sign and trade. GET READY FOR MORE TPE TALK! John Karalis explains how Stevens has work his way into a nice offseason with his moves. Also, summer league ended with a thud for the Celtics in a blowout loss to the Sacramento Kings... here's a look at the game and some final thoughts on a generally positive summer league for the Celtics. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors!
36 min
Marcus Smart agrees to 4-year, $77 million exte...
Marcus Smart is sticking around, agreeing to a four-year, $77 million extension to stay with the Boston Celtics. John Karalis explains why this is a good deal basketball-wise and what the ramifications are in their pursuit of a third star next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Plus, Locked On Kings host Matt George swings by for a summer league championships game preview!
47 min
Romeo Langford confusion, Aaron Nesmith startin...
The Summer Celtics are heading for a championship game, but John Karalis is confused about what he's seeing from Romeo Langford. Is he being passive? What's his role going to be. Plus, has Aaron Nesmith done enough to show he can start alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for the Boston Celtics? Also, has Carsen Edwards played his way into another opportunity?
37 min
Boston Celtics again led by Payton Pritchard & ...
The Celtics are rolling along in Las Vegas and once again Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith were the big stories, but this time they were joined by someone new in the scoring column. John Karalis has that, more proof that Yam Madar won't be on the team this season, and why some people are flat-out piling on when it comes to Dennis Schröder's contract situation.
29 min
Romeo Langford, Yam Madar, & Boston Celtics sum...
We check in on the summer league Celtics with MassLive's Souichi Terada to discuss Romeo Langford's super chill vibes and what he's getting out of his time there, Yam Madar's chances of making the team, especially now that Dennis Schroder is on board, and the random sightings of Brad Stevens, Ime Udoka, Danny Ainge, and others at UNLV.
40 min
Dennis Schroder signs, Aaron Nesmith explodes, ...
Dennis Schroder signs with the Boston Celtics for the taxpayer mid-level exception. John Karalis has a look at that, plus the results of the second summer league game for Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard, Bruno Fernando, and Yam Madar. Also, Ime Udoka talks about Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Josh Richardson.
38 min
Dennis Schroder offer, Grant Williams passes on...
The Boston Celtics have reportedly offered Dennis Schröder a one-year deal. John Karalis discusses whether that's a good idea before getting into Grant Williams' decision to pass on summer league. Also, why Isaiah Thomas probably isn't coming back to Boston.
32 min
Yam Madar debuts, Payton Pritchard shines in Su...
38 min
Mailbag!- Boston Celtics Bridge year, LaMarcus ...
The Friday mailbag returns with questions about the bridge year, pursuing Dennis Schroder, the Golden State Warriors model, this year's starting lineup, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as a championship duo, a Plan B, and LaMarcus Aldridge's return.
39 min
Breaking down Boston Celtics offseason plan & a...
If the Boston Celtics plan is to get to max cap space in 2022, how can they really pull it off? John Karalis welcomes Keith Smith on to break down the numbers of how things need to go, and what the Celtics do with Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and role players like Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, and Payton Pritchard. Plus, Keith's rant on the mix messages from the team about why they're not spending money, and why someone, somewhere, might be lying about the team's financial motivations.
59 min
Boston Celtics Bradley Beal plan, Marcus Smart ...
The Boston Celtics have an obvious plan but it's filled with pit falls if it doesn't go right. John Karalis looks at why going all in for a star in 2022 (which is obviously Bradley Beal), had better work and why Marcus Smart could be at the center of this year being problematic. Plus, Yam Madar meets the media and declares that he wants to be in the NBA this season.
34 min
Boston Celtics lose Evan Fournier, stand pat on...
The Boston Celtics were outbid for Evan Fournier's services on day one of free agency. John Karalis has a look at that, why the Celtics stayed quiet most of the day, and the teams that made themselves better while that happened.
33 min
Boston Celtics trade for Josh Richardson, Kris ...
Brad Stevens has already been active this offseason, and now he's made even more moves. John Karalis gets into the trades for Josh Richardson and Kris Dunn that sent away Tristan Thompson and Moses Brown. He also welcomes Nick Angstadt of Locked On Mavericks to discuss Richardson's down year in Dallas & what Boston might be getting.
34 min
Yam Madar, draft night expectations, & can OKC ...
Austin Ainge talked to the media about the NBA draft and what he thought of Yam Madar. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has that, a look ahead to the draft night expectations for Boston's competitors in the east, and whether OKC can really get assets for Kemba Walker this summer.
28 min
How Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Schroder, La...
The draft is around the corner and the rumors are flying. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at the rumors involving Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, and Dennis Schroeder to see how the ripple effect impacts the Celtics. Also, a possible change in stance in Cleveland means a change in stance over Larry Nance. Plus, the ridiculousness of reading into a Jayson Tatum sent emoji
29 min
Should Boston Celtics trade Jaylen Brown for Br...
The Bradley Beal rumors are still hanging around and there are some out there that say Jaylen Brown should be included in the trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at the cases for and against moving Beal (he's very for one of these scenarios) and also explains why just waiting for Beal to become a free agent, while technically possible, isn't really an option.
38 min
Bradley Beal rumors, Jayson Tatum's Olympic deb...
Bradley Beal might be making a decision about his future this week. John Karalis breaks down where the latest rumor might be coming from and why there's only one real path for Boston to land him. Also, Jayson Tatum made his less-than stellar Olympic debut and Evan Fournier killed Team USA, but that won't really impact his free agency.
32 min
Mailbag! Jaylen Brown trade, Boston Celtics dra...
Friday is mailbag day and there were a ton of questions, including draft night trade ideas, Yam Madar making the team, Evan Fournier possibilities, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart trades, adding a max player, developing young players' skills, and buying Bill Russell's stuff at auction.
50 min
Realistic Boston Celtics trade targets? Dejount...
There have been many rumors and suggestions for Celtics trade targets, so John Karalis turned to the local experts for help. Jeff Garcia of Locked On Spurs talks about Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, Shawn Coleman of Locked On Grizzlies discusses Kyle Anderson, and Matt Moore of Locked On Nuggets talks JaMychal Green. Are any of those players realistic options for the Celtics?
45 min
Milwaukee Bucks win NBA championship: The posit...
The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses how Giannis Antetokounmpo's dominating performance and Finals might mean for the Boston Celtics in a positive and negative light. Also, a moment of appreciation for the small-market Bucks getting it done at a time everyone was trying to trade their superstar away.
30 min
Tanking, team-building, and the future of rooki...
Jake Fischer is the author of "Built To Lose" a book about tanking in the NBA and how it re-shaped the league. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has Jake on to talk about his new book, the Sam Hinkie's extreme tanking in Philadelphia, the Boston Celtics landing Jayson Tatum, and how the future of the league looks as tanking teams risk losing players after their rookie contracts thanks to an influx of television money and other factors.
50 min
Jayson Tatum shows Team USA how to do it
Team USA had its most impressive exhibition win yet by beating Spain, and John Karalis says Jayson Tatum's performance could serve as an example of how everyone should be playing in this tournament. Also, how the hell does Gregg Popovich use Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Devin Booker? And this team is somehow reminiscent of the 2020-21 Celtics
30 min
Mailbag! Ime Udoka's culture, retiring Marcus S...
Friday means the mailbag is open once again! John Karalis answers questions about Ime Udoka's coaching staff and the culture he's trying to create, trading for Collin Sexton, Dejounte Murray, or Derrick White, reuniting with Kelly Olynyk, retiring Marcus Smart's number, and Bradley Beal's COVID case, including whether the Olympics are even worth the risk.
44 min
Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart as starting PG, Ime ...
John Karalis brings in Josue Pavon of the Cedric Maxwell podcast to go over some of the big stories of the week and offseason, including Jayson Tatum's knee issue, Ime Udoka's hiring and involvement with Team USA, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart as the starting PG, and moves Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics have left to make.
43 min
Jayson Tatum knee issue & Ben Simmons rumors
Jayson Tatum missed the Tuesday Team USA win with right knee soreness. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal reacts to that, Tatum's comments about Ime Udoka and Jaylen Brown, and why the Boston Celtics should want no part of Ben Simmons as new rumors reveal what the Philadelphia 76ers asking price is.
28 min
Jayson Tatum & Team USA's future after Australi...
Team USA lost to Australia in their second Olympic tuneup, which was a little different than their loss to Nigeria. John Karalis looks at Jayson Tatum's quiet game and looks at the short term things Gregg Popovich might do to change things and whether that will put Tatum on the bench to start games. Also, since Tatum is one of the centerpieces of USA Basketball moving forward, how close is he to ushering in a new era of American basketball struggles? Plus, more FIBA rules that should make it to the NBA.
33 min
Jayson Tatum opening USA performance & a lesson...
The Nigerian national team beat Team USA in their first exhibition game which was a big deal for Nigeria but not some monumental, historic thing that some people are making it out to be. John Karalis has that, Jayson Tatum's performance, some of the elements of FIBA basketball Tatum should be taking advantage of in his time with the team, and a couple of lessons Ime Udoka can pocket from the loss to use on Tatum when the time is right.
33 min
Mailbag: Yam Madar, signing shooters, trading T...
The Friday mailbag is back, and this week John Karalis is answering all sorts of questions about the ceilings for Romeo Langford and Aaron Nesmith, trading Tristan Thompson, Ime Udoka's impact on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Yam Madar, and even hockey-style penalties in the NBA.
38 min
Damon Stoudemire hired, Bradley Beal & Jayson T...
The Boston Celtics assistant coaching staff is starting to take shape with the addition of Damon Stoudemire and there could be a front office addition. John Karalis talks about that and shares what Bradley Beal said about players conspiring to team up, what Beal and Jayson Tatum said about each other, and everything Jayson Tatum said on Wednesday, including Ime Udoka and the Kemba Walker trade.
38 min
Gregg Popovich on Jayson Tatum, Ime Udoka & Udo...
Gregg Popovich and Team USA are back at it in Las Vegas ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. John Karalis asked Pop about Jayson Tatum and Udoka, and shares Popovich's responses and explains how this is not only a great opportunity for Tatum to take his game to a new level, but for Udoka, who is also with the team, to build relationships with Jayson Tatum and some of the other potential future Boston Celtics on the team.
33 min
What the NBA Finals is teaching us about the Bo...
The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks are facing off in the NBA Finals, and Game 1 is Tuesday night. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has a look at three things the Finals is teaching us about the Boston Celtics, including the patience to let star players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as well as role players like Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford develop, the need to hit midrange shots at a high level in the playoffs like Chris Paul, or following the Giannis Antetokounmpo lead and sacrifice part of his game for the greater good of the team.
33 min
Mailbag! - Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown's next l...
We're opening the mailbag this week to find out how the Celtics will look if Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown take their games to the next level, potentially signing former San Antonio Spurs players now that Ime Udoka and Will Hardy on in Boston, replicating the best basketball ever, and potential trades sending out Tristan Thompson and bringing back some bench help. Plus, John Karalis puts on his GM hat to hand out contract extensions.
43 min
Ime Udoka calls Marcus Smart 'foundational piec...
Ime Udoka called Marcus Smart a foundational piece of the Boston Celtics, further solidifying Smart's spot on the roster. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses whether Smart can handle the hard coaching Udoka has promised, how it will impact his shot selection. Plus, is JaMychal Green a good option for the remaining $11 million of the Gordon Hayward traded player exception.
32 min
Ime Udoka pushing Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown; ...
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka wants to push players, and players want to be pushed, so John Karalis and Tom Westerholm discuss the ways he'll push Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, what it means for Tatum as a leader and Brown as a distributor. Also, Wyc Grousbeck's comments on Brad Stevens lead to more discussion about his motivation for being open to leave coaching and move into the front office, and why it sort of mirrors what Danny Ainge did.
47 min
Boston Celtics introduce Ime Udoka, who promise...
The Boston Celtics introduced Ime Udoka as their new head coach on Monday. John Karalis plays some of what Udoka had to say and discusses his promise to push players (which they say they want), how the relationships he's building will help do that, why this is all about Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the short-term and long-term plan, what Udoka's coaching style will be, and why hiring an assistant with head coaching experience would really help.
43 min
Trading for Damian Lillard & Boston Celtics did...
Damian Lillard might be heading for a divorce from the Portland Trail Blazers, so of course everyone is trying to figure out if they can trade for him. John Karalis explains why a Lillard deal will almost certainly have to involve Jaylen Brown and why that's not a good idea for the Boston Celtics. Also, thoughts on a report that the Boston Celtics didn't take COVID-19 seriously and a preview of an exclusive with one of Ime Udoka's former coaches who knew right away Udoka would lead a team someday.
32 min
What will make Ime Udoka a good coach for Bosto...
Ime Udoka will be the new head coach of the Boston Celtics. John Karalis is joined by Locked On Spurs coach Jeff Garcia to get an inside look at Udoka's days as both a player and a coach for the Spurs, why Gregg Popovich asked Udoka to be on his staff, and what qualities Udoka possesses that make him a "plug and play" guy who has all the tools to succeed in this new role.
39 min
Boston Celtics hiring Ime Udoka as new head coach
The Boston Celtics are going to hire Ime Udoka as their new head coach. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why him being a top choice of the players is such a big deal, plus why him being part of a San Antonio Spurs team that LOST is as important as being part of the 2014 team that won a championship. Also, how the contrast between those Spurs and the Philadelphia 76ers can help him identify problems more easily in Boston. And, how his time in Brooklyn might have been the right final step to set him for this job.
32 min
How close are Boston Celtics to the top, and wh...
John Karalis is joined by Chuck McKenney, who just left RedsArmy.com to reminisce a little about the good ol' days before getting into thoughts on the Kemba Walker trade, what the Celtics can do next, how Evan Fournier works into this, how close the Celtics are to actually contending, and how Brad Stevens has positioned himself to take advantage of other moves in the NBA.
52 min
Brad Stevens explains why Boston Celtics traded...
We've had our suspicions about Brad Stevens' motivations and marching orders when it came to the Kemba Walker trade, but now we have some concrete answers. You'll hear from Stevens himself as John Karalis reacts to the financial flexibility the team gained, the ability to make another big move very soon, how much Al Horford's veteran leadership played into it, and what the plan is for a big man rotation that now includes Horford, Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson, and Moses Brown.
35 min
Goodbye Kemba Walker, Moses Brown expectations,...
Kemba Walker is gone after two years, but John Karalis isn't here for any Kemba slander in the wake of this trade. Plus, why Celtics fans might be overreacting a little bit too much when it comes to picking up Moses Brown and why reports of dysfunction in the Celtics locker room might be a little overblown.
34 min
Boston Celtics trade Kemba Walker for Al Horfor...
Brad Stevens shocked us all by pulling off a trade for Kemba Walker, sending him to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford and Moses Brown. The deal sends a first round pick to OKC and the teams also swapped future second rounders. John Karalis has his reaction to the deal and a Q&A with fans on Spotify Green Room for a thorough breakdown of the deal from all angles.
56 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Coaching candidates, TP...
It's mailbag time! John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers questions about coaching candidates, Brad Stevens being bold, trade targets, TPE candidates, point guard fits (Lonzo Ball? Ben Simmons? Ricky Rubio?), 2023 free agents (and a fantasy signing of Nikola Jokic), and the best Celtics and Boston sports nicknames.
40 min
Boston Celtics coaching search getting tougher ...
A ridiculous 24 hours in the NBA has created an interesting wrinkle in the Boston Celtics search for a head coach. John Karalis explains why some candidates might be waiting for potentially better opportunity and why other pretty good jobs could take leverage away from the Celtics. Also, why the star players should have a say in the search and explaining some confusing salary cap stuff tied to possible Kemba Walker scenarios.
41 min
Jayson Tatum misses out on All-NBA, but commits...
Jayson Tatum missed out on an All-NBA team even though he got more voting points than someone who made it. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains how that is even possible, how much money it costs Tatum, and how much it can save the team (it's a lot). Also, why Tatum committing to Team USA is concerning from a health perspective but could pay off in the long run.
34 min
How does Brad Stevens build the Boston Celtics ...
Brad Stevens has a very tough job ahead of him as he tries to build out a bench that can help Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal runs through all the tools at Stevens' disposal, the guys who might stay and go, and how the return on a potential Kemba Walker trade could shape how the Celtics progress through the offseason. Plus, some of the names that could be reclamation projects in Boston and get them production on relatively cheap deals.
42 min
Evan Fournier, possible Boston Celtics offers &...
The Evan Fournier decision is a lot more complicated than it might seem on the surface. John Karalis brings in Spotrac's Keith Smith to discuss Fournier's time with the Celtics, what teams with cap space might be threats to sign him, the cap and tax complications that limit what the Celtics might be willing to offer, and why they might not offer anything more than a two-year deal.
51 min
Can Robert Williams stay healthy & be the Bosto...
Robert Williams has the skills to be the Celtics center of the future, but can he stay healthy enough to do the job? John Karalis is joined by Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston to discuss how concerned we are about Williams' injury history, the amazing strides he's made to become so important, and whether now is the right time to try to lock him up with an extension.
49 min
The Marcus Smart conundrum: What's his real val...
The criticism of Marcus Smart got louder this season, but how much of that was really his fault? John Karalis runs through a rough season for Smart, why social media and sports talk radio may have fueled a lot of the noise, why the analytics show he should take MORE 3-pointers, and how Brad Stevens now holds the answer to the entire debate of Smart's value to the franchise.
34 min
Can Boston Celtics get big leaps from Aaron Nes...
The Boston Celtics are looking everywhere to improve their team. John Karalis takes a close look at how Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford could become the two most important players on this Celtics roster because their big leaps could make life easier for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
31 min
The Kemba Walker question: Keep him or trade him?
One of the first orders of business for Brad Stevens is to figure out what to do with Kemba Walker. John Karalis runs through the options, what it would take to keep him, why trading him for nothing could be a sign of something bigger, and a few trade ideas for getting a useful player in return.
41 min
Brad Stevens as Boston Celtics boss, process co...
There's a lot to unpack as Brad Stevens begins his tenure as President of Basketball Operations. John Karalis runs through a few, including the lack of a true interview process, the one potential sign that this might not be a long-term move, the addition of new coaching candidates over the weekend (and potentially another who Stevens might not be able to resist), and whether Stevens will get a pass to make moves that would have gotten criticism from Danny Ainge.
35 min
Brad Stevens takes over Boston Celtics- Who wil...
Brad Stevens is the new President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics and his first order of business is hiring a new coach. John Karalis is joined by Tom Westerholm and Chris Grenham of the Gino Time Podcast to discuss what type of coach Steven might be looking for, and who the candidates might be. Be sure to check out the Gino Time podcast for an extensive discussion on Danny Ainge's time in Boston.
50 min
Danny Ainge retires, Brad Stevens moves to fron...
The Boston Celtics shocked everyone Wednesday by announcing Danny Ainge's retirement and Brad Stevens' promotion to President of Basketball operations. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal reacts to the news, discusses the huge risk the Celtics are taking with Stevens in charge, looks back at Danny Ainge's run at the helm (and why some of the criticism is unfair), and who might be the early favorite to be the new head coach.
36 min
Brooklyn Nets end Boston Celtics season: Lesson...
The Boston Celtics lost Game 5 to the Brooklyn Nets and their season is now over. John Karalis runs us through the game and the lessons learned from this series for players like Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard, and even Jayson Tatum,. Then, what's next for these guys?
38 min
Kemba Walker's knee & Isaiah Thomas' comments o...
The Boston Celtics head into Brooklyn for a Game 5 that will likely end their season. John Karalis has a quick look at that, Kemba Walker's knee issues and what that might mean for his future, and Isaiah Thomas' comments on the one thing he'd hold against the Celtics medical staff.
43 min
Boston Celtics lose but show necessary pride, &...
The Boston Celtics were shorthanded and lost to a buzzsaw of a Brooklyn Nets team in Game 4. John Karalis runs us through the game, the pride Boston showed to prove that this was a season that threw too much at this team, and then goes into why one jerk's decision to throw a water bottle ruined everything.
33 min
Boston Celtics beat Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 Bon...
(Heads up: We are aware of the poor audio quality for half the podcast. It's overmodulated due to user error. Sorry) The Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3! John Karalis reacts from the Garden after Jayson Tatum drops another 50 point game and Kyrie Irving does almost nothing for Brooklyn.
18 min
What do the Boston Celtics need to show in Game 3?
The Boston Celtics are at risk of being swept. John Karalis wonders if they can do the simple things, like stay disciplined on defense and show some mental toughness, to win Game 3. Also, how the conversation started by Kyrie Irving has grown beyond his comments and into a greater discussion about racist fan comments around the NBA.
30 min
Lessons learned from the Brooklyn Nets series, ...
The Boston Celtics season is just about over, and John Karalis has moved on to looking at the future of the team. Among the thoughts, Jayson Tatum needing to trust his teammates more, pushing back on the ridiculous notion of trading Jaylen Brown, and Brad Stevens moving to a more structured offense.
32 min
Boston Celtics blown out - trust issues? Blinde...
The Boston Celtics got their doors blown off in Game 2 vs. Brooklyn. John Karalis explains why the Celtics end up looking like the bad guys in a Bruce Lee movie when things go wrong for them and then dives into the trust issues this team faces, where the refs were looking when Tatum was poked in the eye, and why Blake Griffin's sudden bounce brings one of the NBA's ugly problems back to the forefront.
35 min
Getting Evan Fournier going, Brooklyn Nets adju...
The Boston Celtics need to get Evan Fournier going, and John Karalis thinks some old Gordon Hayward plays could be the way to make that happen. Plus, Robert Williams not on the injury report, possible Brooklyn Nets adjustments (if there are any), and how a little normalcy goes a long way..
33 min
Boston Celtics lose Game 1 to Brooklyn Nets
The Boston Celtics lost Game 1 of their opening round series to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. John Karalis discusses the loss, why Boston can't have Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Evan Fournier all play the way they collectively did, why Robert Williams can hopefully play more, how this might have been a missed opportunity, and a few simple adjustments and reads can turn the Nets switching against them.
40 min
Boston Celtics-Brooklyn Nets preview with Locke...
The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets face off in Game 1 of their first round series Saturday night. John Karalis welcomes Adam Armbrecht of the Locked On Nets podcast to the show to discuss the matchup, Boston's best chance at winning the series, what Jayson Tatum should do when he gets double-teamed, and how Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, and Evan Fournier will try to exploit the Nets defensive strategy. Also, is Brooklyn's biggest adjustment simply playing Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving together for more minutes?
39 min