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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.

Who are the biggest challengers to the Boston C...
With training camp starting in a week, we take a look at which teams in the Eastern Conference pose the biggest threats to the Boston Celtics. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm run through the list, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and New York Knicks ... with some mentions of a few other teams that could throw a wrench into Boston's championship hopes.
35 min
Mailbag: Joe Mazzulla, Boston Celtics enforcers...
It's Mailbag Monday, and today we're getting into some hate for Joe Mazzulla , Celtics enforcers , Bradley Beal helping the C's out (11:25), Victor Wembanyama's impact , and Brian Scalabrine's job as the Boston color guy . John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all of that, an idea for a new city edition jersey , his favorite dunk of all time , the best players of each decade and more.
40 min
Early arrivals, should they trade for Buddy Hie...
A bunch of Celtics are streaming into the Auerbach Center early to get going for the upcoming season (not Malcolm Brogdon yet), which is part of a summer where the Celtics seem to be taking things, maybe, a little more seriously. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about that, whether the Celtics should consider trading for Buddy Hield, and then he gives us a primer on good and bad arenas around the league, and what to look for if you're going to the Garden this season.
35 min
Malcolm Brogdon injury an issue? Jayson Tatum a...
Even though we haven't heard from Malcolm Brogdon, that hasn't stopped the discussion about him, especially after an ESPN report that his injury is an issue. Along with that, in the same report, it was mentioned that Jayson Tatum may be expected to play more point guard. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that (and disagree with any plan to make Tatum more of a point guard), and then look ahead to Kristaps Porzingis and potential fit issues with the Celtics.
35 min
Payton Pritchard's minutes, Jayson Tatum & Paul...
After the Tuesday conversation regarding minutes, a closer look at the full minute distribution reveals that the 8th-12th guys are going to be fighting for precious few minutes. What does that mean for Payton Pritchard, who has been talked about as getting a lot more opportunity. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, Sam Cassell connecting Paul Pierce and Jayson Tatum (a stroke of genius), and whether there should be actual concern over Malcolm Brogdon's relationship with the team.
32 min
Who starts for Boston Celtics? Can they keep Ja...
The Celtics head into the season with a lot of questions, and many of them have to with playing time. Which of Robert Williams and Al Horford will start next to Kristaps Porzingis. How will Porzingis actually play next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown? Can the Celtics actually keep Tatum and Brown's minutes down to a reasonable level early in the season. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Jay King of The Athletic discuss all that as they try to hammer out some of the minutes distribution.
41 min
Mailbag: Corner 3's, Brad Stevens future, & wri...
It's a Mailbag Monday, and today we start off with a few questions from last week's show about eliminating the corner 3-pointer (including widening the court). The, we get into Brad Stevens future and when he might start wondering if there's something else for him. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that, teams that might get slept on, writing a script for the Celtics this upcoming season, and re-tooling the All-Star game. Plus, a few ideas for rules changes that will never happen and why the WNBA is a lot of fun.
37 min
Boston Celtics win total, Jayson Tatum's MVP ch...
With the season about a month away, it's time to look at what the oddsmakers have projected out for the Celtics. Fanduel Sportsbook has set the over/under for Celtics wins at 54.5. Will they get more, or less? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, Jayson Tatum's odds of repeating a 30 point/8 rebound per game season, and his chances of getting the MVP. Plus, they discuss the NBA's new resting policy and why not much is actually going to change.
36 min
Why the NBA should eliminate the corner 3-pointer
Corner 3-pointer is a staple of all NBA offenses (especially the Boston Celtics offense), but has it become too important? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal says it's time to eliminate the corner 3 and keep the line at 23 feet, 9 inches so 3-pointers can be a special shot instead of something everyone is doing. Karalis and Tom Westerholm debate whether getting rid of corner 3-pointers will fix the problem or create new ones.
36 min
Mailbag: USA v. The World, path to the pros, & ...
Maibag Monday returns with a variety of questions, including who would win a game between the US and the world, whether Daniel Theis should come back, the ideal Kristaps Porzingis season, post playing careers for the current Celtics, and the path a player takes getting to the NBA. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers all those questions, plus he tries to figure out which Celtics are strongest with the force, and who would go to the dark side.
41 min
Jayson Tatum talks winning a title with Boston ...
Jayson Tatum was interviewed by Jeff Goodman and he talked about how he has embraced Boston as a second home and how he wants to win a title to become a part of the Celtics Mt. Rushmore. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that, and his leadership style, which John says needs to evolve, especially with Marcus Smart gone.
35 min
Brad Stevens creative contracts & Jayson Tatum ...
Brad Stevens seems to have rounded out the end of his bench, but his creativity with some of these contracts shows how the Celtics are ready to pivot if someone better comes along without hurting themselves in this new CBA environment. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the impact of that creativity, then get into the Jayson Tatum/Paul Pierce workouts and why this could be the beginning of something special for Tatum in Boston.
38 min
Mailbag: Atlantic Division rivals, Jimmy Butler...
It's Mailbag Monday time and today's episode brings us questions about Atlantic Division rivals getting better, how the Malcolm Brogdon version of the Kristaps Porzingis trade would have gone, a "what if?" about Danny Ainge actually trading for Jimmy Butler, and rewriting history where one player makes a different decision to change the league. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all of that, tries to fix the game operations and presentation of home games, and explains how he watches a basketball game to see more of the action. Questions can be submitted at JohnKaralis.com/mailbag.
39 min
Boston Celtics sign Svi Mykhailiuk | Jayson Tat...
The Celtics have signed Svi Mykhailiuk to add some depth to the wing spot behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, Tatum trying to recruit Damian Lillard to come to Boston, and Brad Stevens saying Tatum and Brown need to step up in the locker room after the Marcus Smart trade.
36 min
Comedian Josh Gondelman on Boston Celtics, Marc...
Comedian Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero, Last Week Tonight) talks about growing up in Massachusetts, his love for the Boston Celtics, still reeling from the Marcus Smart trade, and more with John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal. They get into his career, carving out his own path to success, and then trying to craft the perfect Celtics joke.
46 min
Mailbag: Race to banner 18, Jayson Tatum's next...
It's Mailbag Monday, and today we're getting into Payton Pritchard's new playing time, the race to Banner 18 between the Celtics and Lakers, and breaking down what Jayson Tatum's next contract will be. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal has all that, plus who gets the last shot, a potential Malcolm Brogdon trade, whether Blake Griffin will return, and Drew Hanlen's reptuation as a trainer.
34 min
Blake Griffin loves Boston | Forward auditions ...
Blake Griffin was asked about his time in Boston and he couldn't stop gushing about the city, the fans, and the team. And what he said about the Celtics is actually pretty important. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, the forwards that continue to roll through for workouts, and much more on the Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown workout ... including shutting down a stupid take.
38 min
TJ Warren? Lamar Stevens? | Jayson Tatum & Jayl...
The Celtics are reportedly bringing in TJ Warren and Lamar Stevens in for workouts to address their wing depth. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses the pros and cons of each possibility and why both is probably not an option. Also, why Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown working out together feels like a big deal, and a look at ESPN's postseason award predictions and whether some Celtics can muscle their way in.
33 min
Mailbag: Troublesome teams, Los Angeles Lakers ...
It's Mailbag Monday time, and today we're getting into questions about which teams will give Boston the most trouble, the in-season tournament, and Kristaps Porzingis' injury. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into those questions, Al Horford's future (could he coach?) and the state of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry before having some fun with road cities, second chances, and the best Celtics podcast around.
37 min
Boston Celtics schedule released: toughest stre...
The Celtics schedule is out, and there are some interesting stretches. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the toughest stretch of the season in March, the massive road trips, the reunion days, and the positive spin on the schedule.
33 min
Kristaps Porzingis injury | James Harden & Phil...
Kristaps Porzingis is sitting out the FIBA World Cup due to plantar fasciitis. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal explains why that it's a great decision to sit him and why the risks of injury didn't just stem from the foot pain. Plus, we take a second to laugh at the mess in Philadelphia with James Harden before getting into the in-season tournament and the schedule release on Tuesday.
33 min
Wyc Grousbeck on remaking Boston Celtics, keepi...
Celtics principal owner Wyc Grousbeck talked to the Globe about a number of things, including why the Celtics braintrust collectively decided a retool was needed and why Joe Mazzulla is back as head coach. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss those headlines and Grousbeck's declaration that the team is not for sale.
34 min
Mailbag: What ifs, Boston Celtics two-man games...
We wrap up mailbag week with some what ifs (like Malcolm Brogdon finishing games and the Kristaps Porzingis trade happening last season). Also, John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into whether Boston can develop a high-level two man game, what goes into making that happen, and some of the best to ever do it. Then we have some fun with Rhode Island's best NBA'ers, how John would fare in a celebrity game, and visiting Vermont.
32 min
Mailbag: Malcolm Brogdon's health, getting in o...
Mailbag week continued with questions about whether this is the beginning of a new era for the Celtics, Dalano Banton, whether Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum have more room for improvement, Malcolm Brogdon's health, and getting involved in the Damian Lillard trade. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal answers all that, gets into whether there should be an offensive player of the year award, and the score of the first ever Celtics game.
30 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown trade return, surprise st...
We open up the mailbag to answer questions about what a Jaylen Brown trade might fetch, the starting five and a surprise starter, who might earn a revenge game against Boston, Derrick White's hair, and assigning Simpsons characters to the Celtics.
29 min