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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 rumors galore, including some ab...
The Boston Celtics are surrounded by rumors, including some chatter about Brad Stevens now that the Indiana University job is open. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis discusses that possibility, as well as all the trade rumors involving the team. Also, we check in with old friends Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward now that Charlotte has tied Boston in the standings.
39 min
Boston Celtics finally get an easy win; Robert ...
The Boston Celtics cruised past the Houston Rockets in a blowout win that, for a few minutes, looked like it was going to be anything but. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis goes through the good (Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown), the bad (another slow start against a bad team), and how Robert Williams was at the heart of a decisive first quarter run that changed the game.
43 min
Boston Celtics lose in Marcus Smart's return & ...
Marcus Smart returned but it wasn't enough to push the Boston Celtics past the Brooklyn Nets. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis breaks down the good (Smart, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis), the bad (Jaylen Brown, the poor double-teams), and a lesson from this game about how Danny Ainge might approach this traded player exception and the trade deadline.
37 min
Marcus Smart back, Romeo Langford isn't, & the ...
Marcus Smart returned to Boston Celtics practice on Wednesday! Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis discusses that, Romeo Langford's near return, and Danny Ainge's long-term considerations at the trade deadline, including the potential Bradley Beal factor.
43 min
Rainin' J's pick every Boston Celtics game of t...
The boys are back for another reunion show to pick every game of the rest of the Boston Celtics schedule. This is part 1 (the first 18 games) and part 2 is on the Anything Is Poddable feed.
63 min
Boston Celtics Q&A: Robert Williams, Jayson Tat...
It's Q&A day, and Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis is answering all your questions about Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, trades, Bradley Beal, and.... the Royal Family?
43 min
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, make good All-Star ...
The Boston Celtics' young stars had reasons to be happy about All-Star Sunday. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis runs down why each had reason to be happy about the event, and what little things we saw on Sunday have to say about Tatum and Brown's relationship.
38 min
Boston Celtics win 4th straight behind Jayson T...
The Celtic head into the All-Star break on a 4-game winning streak after surviving a strong push from the depleted Toronto Raptors. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has the good (BOTH Williamses, Jayson Tatum), the bad (Jaylen Brown's 1st half, the overall defense), and why LeBron James' comments about Jaylen Brown are a big deal.
42 min
Boston Celtics trade strategies & Jayson Tatum ...
The Boston Celtics might finish the first half strong, but they still have work to do. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis is joined by Boston.com's Tom Westerholm to discuss the strategies for the Celtics using their TPE, including a way to help the team now AND save the TPE for the summer. Plus, who will do better in the 3-point shootout? Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown?
44 min
Boston Celtics win 3rd straight, Robert William...
The Boston Celtics are now on a three game winning streak and all alone in fourth. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis runs through the good (Kemba Walker, Robert Williams, Payton Pritchard), the bad (the defense, finding Jaylen Brown shots), and how Robert Williams and his big 4th quarter have earned him more time on the floor.
41 min
Boston Celtics future brightening? And apprecia...
The fridge is opened for some leftovers from the Washington game, including fully appreciating Javonte Green and what happened to Aaron Nesmith. Then, Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis looks at the Celtics situation and sees the one stat that might signal a bright future. Plus, how the Atlanta Hawks handling of Lloyd Pierce makes John appreciate the way Boston handles its business.
46 min
Jayson Tatum saves Boston Celtics- why he needs...
Jayson Tatum's heroics bailed out the Celtics in a game they were on the verge of losing. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis runs through the good and bad of the two game winning streak and then looks at why Tatum needs to play more like this, more often.
45 min
Listener voicemail questions, frustrations, and...
The Boston Celtics are in a funk, and John Karalis has said what he's going to say about where they are after the road trip. Now it's your turn. The whole show is voicemail questions and comments, both positive and negative, so fans could express themselves at this frustrating time.
52 min
Where's the pride, Boston Celtics?
The Boston Celtics lost to the Atlanta Hawks and dropped into a tie with the New York Knicks in the East. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis asks "where's the pride" after the Celtics, again, didn't respond to adversity. Plus, you'll hear full postgame from Brad Stevens, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown as they try to explain themselves.
50 min
Luka Doncic buries Boston Celtics: The good, th...
The Boston Celtics almost redeemed themselves with a big 4th quarter comeback, but Luka Doncic was just too good. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has the good (Kemba Walker's 4th Q) and the bad (so many fouls) and he explains why the Celtics need to just trust each other if they want to get out of this.
37 min
Boston Celtics frustrations, Aaron Nesmith's re...
The Boston Celtics explained how they're dealing with their own frustrations as they held their first practice this month. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has that, a potential closing role for Aaron Nesmith, and why some people might be missing what could be the best part of the Celtics story.
38 min
Jaylen Brown frustrated after Boston Celtics bl...
Jaylen Brown's "no comment" said a lot about how frustrated he is about certain things happening during a very frustrating portion of the season. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has that & why the loss means people will forget some good basketball. Then Jake Madison of Locked On Pelicans joins the show for a quick discussion.
41 min
Pressure on Ainge to make a trade & Locked On H...
Danny Ainge said the Celtics weren't a contender while being pressured about making a trade on the radio. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis discusses that before bringing in Brad Rowland of Locked On Hawks to talk about the teams playing 3 times in a week.
44 min
Defenseless: C's need to fix their defense, & w...
The Celtics defense is just atrocious. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis looks at the mess that was the Hawks game, what kind of player can help fix things, and why fatigue can be part of the equation without being an excuse
45 min
Celtics win and everyone feels better
The Boston Celtics beat the Denver Nuggets, erasing at least some of the recent panicking. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has the good and the (not much) bad from the game and then explains why this game proves people were lying to you with their overreactions.
33 min
Are we focusing on the wrong things this season?
As we live and die with each win and loss, it's hard to remember that this season is one of the weirdest in NBA history. John Karalis brings on Tom Westerholm of Boston.com to discuss whether we're focusing on the right things during this COVID-crazy season, and whether the solutions we're calling for are really the right ones.
48 min
Not time to panic, even though things got prett...
The Boston Celtics lost to Washington in a very gross game on Sunday, but Kemba Walker gave Celtics fans something positive. John Karalis talks about the good and the bad from that game, but also says it's not time to panic yet.
35 min
Celtics hot from 3, bad on D, & more on Kemba's...
The Boston Celtics' 3-point shooting carried them on a night where their perimeter defense gave up a ton of layups. Boston Sports Journal's John Karalis has the good and bad from this game, as well as Kemba Walker's answer about whether his knee is preventing him from some of his signature moves at the rim.
41 min
What if Kemba Walker is never himself again?
There is a very loud group of people who are very worried... panicked, even... about Kemba Walker, his knee, and whether he'll ever be himself again. John Karalis doesn't think they're right, but... what if they are? Here's a look at why he can't be traded, how it changes the use of the TPE, and how the Celtics will have to adjust on the floor
37 min
Celtics miss an opportunity in Utah & Kemba pan...
The Boston Celtics had a chance against the Utah Jazz but just weren't disciplined enough to get the job done. John Karalis runs through the good and bad from the night and then discusses whether the Celtics should run more stuff for Kemba Walker to get him going, and where he is on the Kemba panic meter
36 min
Crossover episode with David Locke of Locked on...
The Celtics wrap up their road trip in Utah Tuesday night so John Karalis welcomes Locked On Jazz host and radio voice of the Utah Jazz David Locke to discuss the blistering Jazz start, whether this is sustainable, and some interesting Kemba Walker stats.
38 min
Cold shooting dooms Celtics vs. Suns, but the C...
The Celtics struggled to start each half against the Phoenix Suns, and they struggled to make jumpers (especially Kemba) in a tough loss to the Suns. John Karalis has the good and bad from this loss and a quick look back on the huge win over the Clippers on Friday
40 min
Harrison Barnes & TPE talk with Chris Forsberg
Could Harrison Barnes be the ideal target for the Gordon Hayward Traded Player Exception? Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston thinks so, and he joins John Karalis to explain why and discuss Danny Ainge's options.
41 min
Celtics blow it in Sacramento: the good, the ba...
The Boston Celtics botched another fourth quarter with bad fouls on their way to a disappointing loss. John Karalis has the good (Tristan Thompson, do-it-all Jayson Tatum), the bad (dumb fouls), and the.. medium (Jaylen Brown's night). Also, Brad Stevens tries really hard to say the right things about the All Star game
37 min
Celtics survive, & Kemba still isn't 100% comfo...
The Boston Celtics survived against the Golden State Warriors despite Steph Curry's amazing performance. John Karalis breaks down the good and the bad from the night and then shares some Kemba Walker postgame sound that explains why he's still not 100% comfortable yet.
33 min
Deep stats dive after the first quarter of the ...
The Boston Celtics have finished 25% of their season, which is right about the time we can really start diving into stats and find something meaningful. John Karalis does that, but explains that even now the stats are going to answer some questions we won't be asking later. Also, why the hell are Jeff Teague's lineup stats so good?
35 min
Lakers loss, Smart's injury, Redick rumors, & a...
The Boston Celtics lost Marcus Smart to injury and then a game to the LA Lakers. John Karalis has good and bad from that game, the new JJ Redick rumors, and a closer look at Tristan Thompson's struggles.
42 min
Schedule curveball & pressure on Brad & Danny?
The February schedule just got tougher thanks to a curveball from the NBA. John Karalis talks about that, pressure on Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens to show bigger results this season, Stevens' rotations, and a lot more.
36 min
Boston Celtics defensive lapses cost them in Sa...
The Boston Celtics looked to be in total control for about 18 minute of this game, then they collapsed in the second quarter and zig-zagged their way to a disappointing loss. John Karalis has the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about this Celtics defense right now.
38 min
Celtics-Spurs crossover preview with Locked On ...
The Boston Celtics are taking on the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, so John Karalis welcomes Locked On Spurs host Jeff Garcia for a crossover episode to talk about the Spurs' youth, inconsistencies, and why DeMar DeRozan is still dangerous.
30 min
Jayson Tatum returns, Aaron Nesmith improves, &...
Jayson Tatum is back and he looks good, Jayson Tatum is still here and so does he. John Karalis has that, Aaron Nesmith's improvement, and some lineup tinkering as he goes through the good and the bad of the win over Chicago. Plus, Jayson Tatum describes being worried about having COVID-19
44 min
Jaylen Brown fully in his bag in blowout of Cavs
Jaylen Brown dropped 33 points in 19 minutes & looked damn good doing it. John Karalis has that, Kemba Walker making the two-big lineup look good, Aaron Nesmith's confidence boost and more before touching on the Friday loss to Philadelphia.
38 min
Kemba's minutes, no Jayson Tatum, & time to bui...
Kemba Walker's minutes are going to increase on Friday, but the Celtics will still be without Jayson Tatum. John Karalis explains why Tatum could come off the bench when he returns. Hear from Brad Stevens on that and why Robert Williams wasn't used when he was available on Wednesday. Plus, John says it's time to build a new home for the Celtics in Boston.
31 min
Smart vs. Embiid again after C's lose in Philly
The Boston Celtics certainly had their chances against the Sixers, but Joel Embiid alone out-shot the Celtics at the line, which drew the ire of Marcus Smart after the game. You'll hear from Smart and Embiid on the flailing and fouls, plus John Karalis has the good and the bad from the close loss.
35 min
Robert Williams returns & Kemba Walker's knee r...
Robert Williams is back after his battle with COVID-19 and it was not an easy one for him or his family. John Karalis has that, how Kemba Walker's knee responded after his first game action, Wednesday's game in Philly, and more.
31 min
Taking stock of the Celtics with Tom Westerholm...
Kemba Walker is back and the Boston Celtics are near the top of the Eastern Conference Standings. John Karalis joined Tom Westerholm and Nicole Yang of the Gino Time podcast for an extended discussion to take stock of the Celtics. This is part two of the discussion. Part one of the discussion is on the Gino Time podcast.
35 min
Kemba Walker returns, is pain-free after painfu...
Kemba Walker played nearly 20 minutes against the Knicks and came out of it pain-free. You'll hear from Kemba after the game, and then John Karalis glosses over a gross loss to the Knicks and makes sure to end on a fun Friday night win over Orlando.
33 min
The Celtics return Friday night (we hope) & Kem...
The Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic are expected to play their game on Friday night. John Karalis has that, and you'll hear from Brad Stevens on the hiatus and Kemba Walker on his return to the practice floor. He also talks about how awesome Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are.
29 min
James Harden traded to Brooklyn: how it goes ri...
James Harden is now a Brooklyn Net after a blockbuster four-team trade. John Karalis looks at how this can go right, how it could go wrong, and the ways this could impact the Boston Celtics
33 min
Another postponement & new COVID protocols with...
The Boston Celtics-Orlando Magic game was postponed. John Karalis is joined by Chuck McKenney of RedsArmy.com to talk about that and the new NBA COVID protocols announced on Tuesday afternoon.
42 min
Jayson Tatum wins POTW & Trying to fix the NBA'...
There was some good news today, including the Celtics rising in the standings despite not playing. John Karalis has that and Jayson Tatum winning East Player of the Week before trying to tackle some of the potential weak spots in the NBA's COVID-19 plan.
31 min
COVID postpones Heat game, Tacko's fun Friday, ...
COVID-19 protocols forced the postponement of Sundays Celtics-Heat game, but the NBA is pressing forward with the season. John Karalis disagrees with that move. He has that, Friday's fun Tacko Fall performance against Washington, and word that Kemba Walker is coming back to practice (if the team can actually practice).
33 min
Counting the early returns on every Celtics & t...
The early returns on the Boston Celtics are rolling in, so John Karalis goes player-by-player to see what we can glean from the first 9 games. Then, John talks to Sam Hendler, co-owner of Jack's Abby, the brewers of the new official craft beer of the Celtics "Pride and Parquet"
58 min
Celtics escape Miami with a win, plus everythin...
Payton Pritchard's game winning putback helped the Boston Celtics escape Miami with a win to end their road trip. John Karalis has the good and bad from the game, why it was almost not played, and the full postgame media availability from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who addressed the day's events in Washington.
40 min
Lineup data starting to roll in, so what does i...
The early returns on the Boston Celtics lineups are starting to come in, and we're learning a little about where that might point the Celtics. Celtics Blog's Andrew Doxy joins John Karalis to discuss what we've seen, why the experimentation has to continue, why fans are taking the wrong approach about it, and what it could mean for future trades.
43 min
Tatum's 40, Pritchard's big night, & Boston's l...
The Boston Celtics almost blew out the Toronto Raptors, and Jayson Tatum dropped 40, but Payton Pritchard and the role players managed to overshadow Tatum's big night. John Karalis has that good stuff, the bad (Tremont Waters, Aaron Nesmith), and the lineup clarity that is emerging after the Raptors game.
36 min
Celtics split in Detroit: the good, the bad, an...
The Boston Celtics split their miniseries in Detroit over the weekend, John Karalis has the good (Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart's poise, Jayson Tatum's passing) and the bad (the game 1 effort and a lack of free throws). Then he's joined by Locked On Pistons host Matt Schoch to get the Pistons perspective.
38 min
A thank you, from the Locked On Celtics podcast
Host John Karalis has some thank you's for all of you listeners and a request for the upcoming year. Happy New Year everyone and here's to a great 2021.
20 min
Holy Jaylen Brown! JB goes off as Celtics blow ...
Jaylen Brown had it all working against the Grizzlies, but he wasn't the only bright spot in this blowout. John Karalis goes through the good, and the bad (there wasn't much of that) and then looks at why Brown's last couple of minutes in the game were full of deposits into the bank of trust.
40 min
Pritchard steals the show in Celtics win over P...
The Boston Celtics nearly had another 3rd quarter collapse but Payton Pritchard came off the bench to help the Celtics to a big 4th quarter (Jayson Tatum might have had something to do with it too). John Karalis runs through the good and the bad from the game before asking everyone to lightly tap the brakes on the Pritchard hype train
36 min
Pacers miniseries crossover with Locked On Pacers
The Celtics are in the midst of a miniseries with the Pacers, so John Karalis welcomes Locked On Pacers host Tony East to discuss the first game and look ahead to the Wednesday night rematch.
35 min
Celtics lose to Pacers: a bad last shot, some g...
The Celtics had a chance to beat the Pacers Sunday night but missed their chance thanks to more long stretches of uninspired play and a bad last second shot attempt by Jayson Tatum. John Karalis goes through the good and bad of the loss before taking stock of where Tatum stands as he tries to grow into a true superstar.
39 min
Brooklyn runs away from the Celtics & thoughts ...
The Celtics showed some good things against the Brooklyn Nets but not enough to avoid the Nets running away and hiding in the 4th quarter. John Karalis breaks down the good (Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams' passing) and the bad (no free throws for Jayson Tatum, Teague disappeared) from the game. Then he gives some thoughts on the loss of KC Jones, who died Christmas morning.
37 min
Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum power Celtics past ...
Jayson Tatum hit the game winner and Jaylen Brown was the best player on the floor as the Celtics squeaked by the Bucks on opening night. John Karalis walks us through the good, the bad (defense) and the interesting offensive wrinkles the Celtics seem to be employing.
36 min
Trading for Aaron Gordon & 5 things to watch vs...
Tristan Thompson might play on opening night (Kemba Walker definitely will not). John Karalis has that, five things to watch for against the Milwaukee Bucks, and why now's the time to trade for Aaron Gordon.
38 min
Smart talks shot selection, Turner talks coachi...
A day after we focused on it here on the podcast, Marcus Smart and Brad Stevens talked about his shot selection and why it needs to be better. John Karalis talks about that, Evan Turner's surprise media appearance to talk about joining the coaching staff, and the commissioner's comments on NBA expansion and suspending marijuana testing.
37 min
What do we make of this preseason? Where are th...
What on earth can we make of two lackluster preseason games? Where do the Boston Celtics stand going into the season? John Karalis and Chuck McKenney of RedsArmy.com try to make sense of it all.
58 min
MAILBAG! Rudy Gobert in Boston? & an interestin...
Could the Celtics pursue Rudy Gobert with the traded player exception? Should they? John Karalis answers that, contemplates an interesting player comp for Payton Pritchard, and more in the Friday mailbag.
32 min
Why this is the year of the "energy guy" & a tr...
This is going to be the year of the energy guy for the Boston Celtics. At least that's what John Karalis thinks. He explains why, and then shares a 98.5 SportsHub appearance where he gets more into the first preseason game and the upcoming Nets game. Finally, a tribute to an unsung hero, Bruce Seals, who we lost this week, and who used basketball to change lives in Boston.
39 min
Reactions to the first preseason game: ALL HAIL...
The Celtics first preseason game is in the books and Payton Pritchard emerged as the biggest story. John Karalis has that, Marcus Smart doing Marcus Smart things, Jeff Teague going off from deep, and a couple of small, yet encouraging things from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
38 min
Previewing the preseason opener with Tom Wester...
The Celtics play the first of two preseason games on Tuesday night and John Karalis is joined by Boston.com's Tom Westerholm to discuss things they're looking for from the rookies, the Williamses, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
42 min
Brown's leadership, 4 things to watchin preseas...
Catch up on everything you missed over the weekend including injury updates & Jaylen Brown's growth into a leader. John Karalis has that, plus, four things to watch in preseason game one, and a look into what it's like covering the team right now and why you're seeing so many similar stories.
40 min
MAILBAG!: Are the Boston Celtics contenders? & ...
It's another mailbag Friday and in this one John Karalis answers the question of whether the Celtics are really contenders, Plus, a creative, under-discussed use of the Hayward traded player exception, and who the starting lineup might be.
50 min
The Rainin' J's predict every game (Part 1)
It's time for an annual tradition... well, at least half of one. John Karalis is joined once again by Jay King and Sam Packard of The Athletic to predict every game of the Celtics schedule! This is part one of the podcast. Part two is tomorrow on Anything Is Poddable.
59 min
Can Robert Williams REALLY make a leap & how ba...
Robert Williams says he thinks he can make a big leap for the Boston Celtics. Host John Karalis wonders where those minutes will come from, because he can't see it. He also can't see how Aaron Nesmith doesn't get rotation minutes. All that, and, let's talk fantasy basketball!!
34 min
Marcus Smart the offensive threat & a crappy si...
Marcus Smart's offense is going to be about as important as his defense this season, especially at the beginning. MassLive's John Karalis talks about that, Aaron Nesmith's learning curve, Carsen Edwards' readiness, and a crappy side effect of this COVID plan that is costing people opportunities.
33 min
Tristan Thompson's injury, the condensed schedu...
Tristan Thompson is going to miss most of training camp, which means there are immediate opportunities for someone. MassLive's John Karalis has that, Brad Stevens' desperate search to find someone to provide that immediate help, the annoyingly condensed schedule, and even some Jayson Tatum muscle watch.
37 min
You're going to love Tristan Thompson, plus Mai...
Tristan Thompson spoke to the media on Thursday and MassLive's John Karalis is confident you're going to love him. You'll hear everything Thompson had to say, then, mailbag questions get answered including whatever happened to Jay and Sam.
48 min
Kemba Walker talks about his knee, here's every...
Kemba Walker spoke about his knee issue, the treatment plan, and a few other things when speaking to the media on Wednesday. MassLive's John Karalis shares Kemba's entire media availability and reacts to some not-so-great news about the knee problem.
36 min
Danny Ainge & Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward, K...
Day one of "media week" in the NBA gave us, hopefully, the end of the Gordon Hayward saga. MassLive's John Karalis shares Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens audio from Tuesday as they discuss what happened with Gordon Hayward's departure and Kemba Walker's knee. Also, Danny Ainge had an interesting quote about Tristan Thompson that sure feels like it was in response to how last season ended.
37 min
Leftover Hayward questions & the return of Evan...
The confusing use of the Gordon Hayward TPE still drew some more questions, so MassLive's John Karalis answers them, and then explains why it's more likely to be used in pieces & this season. Also, would the Celtics be interested in Zhaire Smith and why hiring Evan Turner as an assistant coach is a nice move.
35 min
Gordon Hayward deal done: here's everything to ...
The Gordon Hayward saga is over. He has been traded to the Charlotte Hornets for a traded player exception, and MassLive's John Karalis has a full breakdown of what that means, how the Celtics can use it, and who they might use it on.
43 min
MAILBAG: Hayward's impact on the cap, Carsen Ed...
It's Friday mailbag time, with questions about Gordon Hayward's impact on the salary cap, Carsen Edwards' chances of making an impact, and who'd beat Boston's lineup in a fight. Also, MassLive's John Karalis gets asked about his own playing career.
40 min
Rookies introduced & dispelling a misconception...
As we wait for more Gordon Hayward news, we did hear a bit from Brad Stevens and how Kemba Walker will be handled and we heard from Boston's two new rookies. MassLive's John Karalis shares their full news conference and then explains that recent free agent losses have almost nothing to do with Danny Ainge's past moves and almost everything to do with money.
41 min
More pieces in the Hayward puzzle & Tatum's mom...
We learned a little bit more about the Gordon Hayward trade talks with the Indiana Pacers. MassLive's John Karalis tries to see where these puzzle pieces fit. Also, Jayson Tatum's mom says the exact right thing about his contract extension and you'll hear from the newly re-signed Tacko Fall.
32 min
Tatum's extension, why Hayward can still be a s...
Jayson Tatum finally got his max extension. MassLive's John Karalis breaks down what the numbers are and why it's structured how it is. Also, Danny Ainge's motivations for a Hayward sign-and-trade and how that could still net the Celtics something in return, even if they have to wait a bit. Then, Locked On Cavs host Chris Manning joins the show to tell us what Boston is getting in Tristan Thompson
35 min
Bonus podcast: Gordon Hayward leaves Boston for...
Gordon Hayward has left for the Charlotte Hornets, which comes as a shock to many since most of us thought he wanted to go home to Indiana. MassLive's John Karalis explores what could have happened to leave Danny Ainge empty handed again.
24 min
Hayward opts out, Celtics make a few other move...
Gordon Hayward opted out! So.... now what? MassLive's John Karalis & Tom Westerholm try to figure out what's next. Also, the Celtics make a few other moves (bye, Vincent Poirier) and we dig a little deeper into the draft reaction.
45 min
Celtics stand pat in draft & Danny Ainge again ...
The Boston Celtics didn't make any big splashes in the draft, but they did manage to pick up the best shooter in Aaron Nesmith. They also picked up Payton Pritchard and a draft-and-stash. Danny Ainge says he tried, again, but things didn't work out, again, so whose fault is it that we keep expecting more? You'll hear directly from Ainge and Brad Stevens in their full post-draft news conferences.
45 min
What's cooking between Hayward & the Celtics? A...
Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics agreed to extend Hayward's deadline to opt-in to the final year of his deal, which means something is definitely up. MassLive's John Karalis looks at what that could be, whether the Celtics really have "no interest" in a James Harden deal, and the weird parameters for this season's schedule
33 min
Milwaukee Bucks get Jrue Holiday, Harden rumors...
The Milwaukee Bucks are making moves, and those moves could be what keeps Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee a long time. MassLive's John Karalis talks about that, the persisting James Harden rumors, and how it impacts the Celtics and Gordon Hayward.
34 min
How the new NBA deal impacts the Boston Celtics...
The league now has its framework for doing business over the next few years and it could significantly impact how the Celtics do business. MassLive's John Karalis has that and some updates on rumors involving James Harden and Jrue Holiday.
41 min
MAILBAG! Jrue Holiday rumors, Delonte West, & l...
What's the motivation behind a Jrue Holiday trade? Does Delonte West have a path back into the NBA? MassLive's John Karalis answers those questions and a lot more, including what his live would be like without basketball.
41 min
Danny Ainge on a wild return, Kemba's knee, & T...
Danny Ainge spoke to reporters on Wednesday, and among the topics discussed were the expected madness we're in for next week, how Kemba Walker's knee will hold up on a short turnaround, and the loss of Tommy Heinsohn. MassLive's John Karalis shares that as well as a trade idea with the New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks involving Gordon Hayward.
39 min
Remembering Tommy Heinsohn
We lost a legend on Tuesday with the passing of Tommy Heinsohn. MassLive's John Karalis remembers his life as a player, coach, and broadcaster who was beloved, but still somehow never got his due. We'll miss you Tommy.
38 min
Why the timing of CBA talks could change everyt...
The league and union are still finalizing new elements to the CBA, and when they wrap up could change everything about the Celtics approach to this offseason. MassLive's John Karalis talks about that and two new names that have surfaced as Celtics trade possibilities.
30 min
This... Is... Boston Celtics Jeopardy!
Today we honor the life and legacy of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek by playing a game of Boston Celtics Jeopardy! MassLive's John Karalis is joined by three listeners for a round of Jeopardy with the categories: Guards, Wings, Bigs, On The Sidelines, and Legends. Then, we have have a Final Jeopardy category of Retired Numbers. Play along!
24 min
MAILBAG: Tatum into the top 10, the 2024 champi...
The Friday Mailbag is full of more fake trades. MassLive's John Karalis goes through those, a question about when Jayson Tatum might enter the top 10 and who might win the 2024 championship.
40 min
Hayward rumored to want out & a draft day deal ...
It looks like the NBA is actually going to come back in December, which means a small window for everyone to do business. MassLive's John Karalis talks about that, the rumors that Hayward wants out and how Danny Ainge might handle that, and a draft deal that makes perfect sense for both teams.
28 min
Hammering out a Hayward trade with Locked On Pa...
There's no guarantee the Celtics will trade Gordon Hayward, or that he even wants to be traded, but if he does, you can expect the Indiana Pacers to be involved. MassLive's John Karalis is joined by Locked On Pacers host Tony East to run through what each side is trying to accomplish in a deal, and why it's tougher than you might think.
45 min
Embracing alternate jerseys (and more) & Perk a...
The NBA says it's running out of time to start their next season in December. MassLive's John Karalis breaks down the numbers to explain why players might not be motivated by money to rush back. Also, a defense of alternate jerseys and why the Celtics should go a step further and do what the Denver Nuggets do. And, would Kendrick Perkins be a good choice as an assistant coach to help add some toughness?
32 min
Fixing the NBA schedule & why Philly & Brooklyn...
The NBA & players association have two different ideas for starting next season. MassLive's John Karalis has a 3-step solution and full Christmas & MLK Day slates to make everyone happy. Also why very competent moves by Philadelphia and Brooklyn suddenly put a lot of pressure on Danny Ainge to get this offseason right.
35 min
MAILBAG: Trading for Chris Paul, more Hayward t...
Can the Celtics trade for Chris Paul? What about Spencer Dinwiddie? MassLive's John Karalis answers those questions, analyzes more fake Gordon Hayward trades, reveals his favorite moment inside the TD Garden, and settles a marital dispute over Carsen Edwards
38 min
Free agent names we have not yet considered wit...
There are a lot of free agents out there the Boston Celtics can afford, but who have not yet been discussed. That changes when BasketballNews.com's Nekias Duncan joins MassLive's John Karalis to discuss who might be available in Boston's price range, including one name Celtics fans are sure to like.
34 min
NBA Draft "Trick or Treating" with Tom Westerholm
Halloween is almost here so it's time to go "trick or treating" around the NBA draft. Is Onyeka Okongwu the best big in the draft? Who is the the perfect Danny Ainge selection? Should the Celtics be drafting for need? MassLive's John Karalis & Tom Westerholm decide which trends are tricks, and which are treats.
29 min