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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.

What if Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Danilo Gall...
Injuries are always the biggest what if in a season that doesn't accomplish its goals. The Celtics had a few that changed the course of their season, and one in particular could have been what ultimately won a championship. But as John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal goes through the possibilities, the biggest game changer might not be the one you're thinking of.
36 min
Boston Celtics open up another roster spot. Whi...
The Celtics cut Justin Champagnie to avoid paying him a partial guarantee. That leaves them with 13 roster spots when they will ultimately need 14 filled to start the season. So which available free agent might they pursue to fill that gap? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm sift through the remaining free agents to discuss some possibilities and then get into Danilo Gallinari's declration that he's circling Celtics games on the calendar for next season.
33 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown's contract, Boston Celtic...
Mailbag Monday is back and today's questions include a few about Jaylen Brown's contract (including what if he didn't make All-NBA and whether another team would refused to give him the supermax), the risk Brad Stevens is taking with Porzingis, whether Kristaps will help Boston play faster, and how the Celtics could honor their legends.
36 min
Joe Mazzulla on preparing for the season with a...
Joe Mazzulla is heading into a new season with a full summer to plan and with a full staff that he hired. This week, Mazzulla addressed both of these to explain how he feels with time to prepare and what the staff means to him. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, as well as Mike Gorman announcing he's going into his final season as the Celtics play-by-play man.
36 min
Jaylen Brown on where the money will go, pressu...
Jaylen Brown officially signed his contract extension with the Celtics on Wednesday, and then he talked to the media about where his newfoud wealth will go, dealing with the pressure of the contract, how the negotiation went, and Boston's championship odd. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal talks about all that, and has some fun with Jaylen about missing teammates' calls on FaceTime.
32 min
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, agree to 5 year, ...
Jaylen Brown is becoming the richest player in NBA history with his new $304 million extension. But Brown is really just the first of a parade of players who will be making history with their contracts. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss Brown's new deal, the pressure he'll face to live up to it both from himself and from the outside, and how this impacts his future in Boston.
37 min
Jayson Tatum's next steps to become a true supe...
Jayson Tatum is already an amazing player and 1st Team All-NBA, but what does he need to do to go from a fourth or fifth place MVP finish to winning it or being a runner up? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal looks at what makes a true superstar and discusses what Tatum needs to do to make that next step up and become a true takeover guy and potential MVP.
37 min
Boston Celtics mailbag: Could Boston trade for ...
It's Mailbag Monday again and we're diving into questions about players with the potential to grow the most, Jordan Walsh's shooting, and a bargain free agent signing. John Karalis gets into all that, then answers a question about whether a trade for Joel Embiid would be possible and if we're experiencing a big man renaissance. Plus, a shout out to international fans, and John invites three NBA players to a wedding.
35 min
Boston Celtics What Ifs?: Ime Udoka staying in ...
We're now in the lull of the offseason, so it's time to play a game of "what if?" The first is wondering what would have happened had Ime Udoka exercised some self control and not gotten himself fired. Which player would have benefited? Who might have had a completely different season? Would Marcus Smart still be here? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm get into that before getting into an extended debate about what would have happened to Desmond Bane's career if he was drafted by Boston.
53 min
Where do the Boston Celtics stand after summer ...
The Celtics are taking a rare step in remaking their roster after trips to the NBA Finals and Eastern Conference Finals. So where do they stand now that NBA business is basically over? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the current state of the Celtics, whether the Kristaps Porzingis traded was an admission that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown needed help, and what the next step should be.
36 min
Joe Mazzulla's job was always safe, Boston Celt...
Despite what some people thought, Joe Mazzulla's job was never really in jeopardy with the Celtics. Brad Stevens not only never considered firing Mazzulla, he's now fully bought in -- moving guys who just no longer fit with Mazzulla and bringing in a player to give Mazzulla new options. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal breaks it all down, and gets into why this could be a year that changes people's minds.
32 min
Can Jordan Walsh contribute right away? Plus, G...
Summer league is over, and the one guy most people want to talk about is Jordan Walsh. His 3-point shooting was a surprise in Las Vegas, but will it be enough to earn him some playing time with the Boston Celtics this season? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss Walsh's potential, JD Davison's chances, and then get into Grant Williams admitting he was unprofessional at the end of his time in Boston.
35 min
Mailbag: Jaylen Brown deadline? Blake Griffin b...
It's a Mailbag Monday, and today's questions include a deadline for Jaylen Brown, Jordan Walsh helping Brown with his ball handling, CBA for dummies, trading for Aaron Nesmith, and a potential return for Blake Griffin. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses all that and then answers some personal questions, including chasing an NBA dream.
37 min
Robert Williams adding to his game & still wait...
Brad Stevens said Robert Williams is finally heading into a summer where he's healthy and able to build on that, and thanks to a new workout video shared on social media, we're seeing some of that work. Is Robert Williams going to add to his offensive repetoire, and if he is, how much does he need to add? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss that, Jaylen Brown's extension still not being done, and why Jordan Walsh is the guy to find in a zombie apocalypse
36 min
Brad Stevens "optimistic" about Jaylen Brown de...
Brad Stevens briefly spoke to reporters in Las Vegas and said he was optimistic that a deal was going to get done in short order. However, his quote did have one interesting wrinkle. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into that and then discusses Jordan Walsh's big night leading a Celtics summer league comeback against the Lakers, and how JD Davison had an important bounceback performance.
32 min
Jaylen Brown contract delay & Joe Mazzulla's ro...
Jaylen Brown's extension still isn't done, and even though it should be soon, it definitely feels like there are reasons behind the deal still being negotiated. Also, Sam Cassell's hiring was celebrated when it happened, but Joe Mazzulla's role in the hiring makes it especially notable. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss all that and have some thoughts on the new play-in tournament.
39 min
Summer league, a switch to zone, and is John Wa...
The Boston Celtics have only played two games, but some trends are starting to show up in guys like Jordan Walsh and JD Davison. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that, why the zone defense they've been playing around with could be a sign that Joe Mazzulla will do something very smart with his defense, and whether John Wall is an option for the Celtics.
29 min
Mailbag: Marcus Smart, Grant Williams trade aft...
The Celtics summer league is under way and Jordan Walsh had an impressive opening game, while JD Davison needs a bit of work. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal discusses that before jumping into the mailbag to talk about what's next after the Grant Williams and Marcus Smart trades, Jayson Tatum's injury, and a bunch of fake trades.
34 min
Boston Celtics positioned for "seismic strike?"...
Brad Stevens and the Celtics still seem to have more moves up their sleeve, and a new report suggests they're positioned for a "seismic strike." But what does that mean? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm break that down, plus get into Jaylen Brown's eventual super-max contract, a sort of audition year for two of Boston's three stars, and how refreshing it is to have Jordan Walsh around.
37 min
Boston Celtics trade Grant Williams to Dallas M...
Grant Williams has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a 3 team deal that sends Reggie Bullock to San Antonio and a few second round picks to Boston. That's all. Why would Brad Stevens do a deal like that? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Tom Westerholm discuss the trade, how it really changes Boston, and why this is what the new CBA is meant to do.
38 min
Mailbag: Grant Williams sign & trade and can Bo...
Back into the mailbag to dive into questions about Grant Williams sign and trade possibilities, how the Celtics might get Damian Lillard, what to watch for in summer league, how news leaks, and more. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal gets into all that, and also gives his Boston basketball media starting 5
36 min
Boston Celtics Mailbag: Jaylen Brown contract d...
We open up the mailbag again to get into questions about Jaylen Brown's contract, a scenario where Marcus Smart would come back, Malcolm Brogdon's injury and potential trade, Payton Pritchard's future, and a bunch of CBA questions... including how players get paid.
31 min
Marcus Smart talks about trade from Boston Celt...
Marcus Smart gave his first interview since being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal was part of the select few reporters there, and he shares the entire Smart interview before reacting to Smart saying he was told there were no trade talks a week before he was dealt. Plus, Kristaps Porzingis agrees to an extension and Boston is signing Oshae Brissett.
37 min
Why the Boston Celtics Signed Kristaps Porzingi...
5 min
Can Boston Celtics get Jaylen Brown to take les...
The new CBA is officially official, and amazingly, there weren't a whole lot of surprises in there, but there are still questions about its impact. Is there a way for Jaylen Brown to take less and maybe help re-sign Grant Williams in a way that actually benefits him more than just taking the supermax? John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal and Keith Smith of Spotrac discuss that, some of the other nuances of the CBA, and whether Boston can keep Grant Williams, even for just one season.
49 min