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The Celtics Talk podcast from NBC Sports Boston is hosted by Insider Chris Forsberg. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA. New episodes drop every week.

The Celtics Talk podcast from NBC Sports Boston is hosted by Insider Chris Forsberg. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA. New episodes drop every week.


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The Celtics Talk podcast from NBC Sports Boston is hosted by Insider Chris Forsberg. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA. New episodes drop every week.




Celtics quarter-mark checkup: Are tough decisions ahead for Brad Stevens?

Chris Forsberg and Chris Gasper break down what they have seen from the Celtics so far this season. Do the Celtics need to shake things up to win more consistently? 1:00-Gasper explains what has frustrated him the most about this Celtics team 9:00-Breaking down the positive signs we have seen from the Celtics 12:00-Should Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard be getting more playing time? 15:30-What grades would you give Tatum and Brown for the start of the season? 23:00-Giving the Celtics...


Dan Shaughnessy on life with the Larry Bird Celtics

Dan Shaughnessy joins Chris Forsberg on the Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss his new book, Wish it Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics. Dan talks about what inspired him to write the book and reflects on some of his favorite Larry Bird stories. He also discusses how access to NBA players and the locker room has changed in recent years and shares his thoughts on the 2021-22 Celtics team. 5:45 - What inspired Dan to write the book? 12:00 - Dan reflects on those teams and shares...


Gary Gulman thinks roller coaster Celtics are on their way up

Comedian Gary Gulman joins Chris Forsberg to discuss why he’s optimistic about this year’s Celtics team, the time Chris was escorted out of the Sonic Drive-In headquarters and Gary’s upcoming appearance at the Wilbur Theatre. 1:00 – The two celebrate a big week for Gary after he performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time 6:05 – Gary discusses his basketball-watching habits when on tour, and which of the New York Post’s “Five Things to Know about Gary Gulman…” were actually true 8:25...


Pondering a Ben Simmons to Boston trade

John Tomase joins Chris Forsberg to discuss all the latest off-the-court drama around the Celtics, including the reports that the Celtics are interested in trading for Ben Simmons. Should the C's consider trading Jaylen Brown for Simmons? Plus, the two vent about Marcus Smart and give Al Horford his ‘flowers’ for his performance this season. 0:50 – Tomase and Forsberg share their thoughts on Ben Simmons and if he’d fit on the Celtics 5:00 – Would you trade Jaylen Brown for Ben Simmons?...


Celtics Problems: Who deserves the blame, and can things be fixed?

Chris Forsberg is joined by Tom Giles to talk about the latest version of the "worst loss of the season" for the Boston Celtics After blowing a 19-point 3rd quarter lead, the Chicago Bulls dominated Boston on Monday night at TD Garden, outscoring them 39-11. The C's start a 3-game road trip with a 2-5 record. After the game, Marcus Smart had some direct words for the Celtics offense, specifically Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Forsberg and Giles start the pod by talking about Smart's...


Celtics falling into old bad habits; should we stop daydreaming about Bradley Beal?

Chris Forsberg reacts to Wednesday night’s discouraging loss to the Wizards and the Celtics falling back into last season’s bad habits. Then NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller joins to discuss whether or not it’s time for C’s fans to stop daydreaming about Bradley Beal teaming up with Jayson Tatum in Boston, and debate all things around the NBA after the first week or the regular season. 1:00 – Forsberg reacts to Wednesday night’s loss at home to the Wizards, can this team ever get over...


Overreactions to Boston's wild season-opener, plus a chat with Jaylen Brown

Boston.com's Tom Westerholm joins Chris Forsberg on the podcast and they react to the Celtics heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Knicks in the season-opener. They discuss Jaylen Brown's career night, Ime Udoka's head coaching debut and their panic level with Jayson Tatum. Plus, Forsberg sits down exclusively with Jaylen Brown to discuss the 2021-22 season. 1:00 – Biggest takeaways after the season-opener? 6:00 – What’s your panic meter after Jayson Tatum’s underwhelming performance...


What to make of Marcus Smart's suspension, plus exclusive chats with Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford

Chris Forsberg is joined by The Athletic’s Jay King to discuss Marcus Smart’s one-game suspension for reportedly missing the team flight to Orlando, plus which of the younger players they expect will have the greatest impact this season. Then Chris sits down with Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford for a pair of exclusive one-on-one interviews. 1:10 - What should we make of Smart’s one-game suspension? How does it impact his relationship with Ime Udoka and his chances of being named a team...


Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown talk friendship, plus training camp impressions

In an exclusive sit down interview, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown open up about their friendship on and off the court. Also, Chris Forsberg and Brian Robb break down what they’ve learned so far at Celtics training camp. 2:30-Exclusive interview with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown 13:30-What have we learned at Celtics training camp? 15:50-Any shot that Aaron Nesmith starts? 18:20-What role will Al Horford and Robert Williams have to start the season? 32:00-Ranking the level of concern for...


Stevens, Smart look ahead to new season, and back to Tom Brady's recruiting trip

Chris Forsberg breaks down what he's seen from the Celtics after the first three days of practice, plus he catches up with Brad Stevens and Marcus Smart. They discuss the upcoming season and take a look back at that infamous Hamptons recruiting trip with Tom Brady. 9:00 - How was Brad Stevens' transition from coach to President of Basketball Operations? 17:30 - How will Ime Udoka be different from Brad Stevens? 19:00 - Brad looks back at the infamous Kevin Durant recruiting trip with Tom...


Al Horford, Enes Kanter lead positive vibes at Celtics Media Day

Basketball is finally back! Chris Forsberg breaks down everything he saw during Celtics Media Day, including why the Celtics feel optimistic about the upcoming season, before catching up with Al Horford and Enes Kanter. :18 – Forsberg breaks down everything from media day, including why the team is optimistic about the upcoming season, Brad Stevens’ excitement about his impending first trade deadline and all the behind the scenes discussions about new jersey numbers. 10:00 – Al Horford...


Reflecting on a Hall of Fame career with Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman joins Chris Forsberg ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame as the 2021 Curt Gowdy Award recipient. Mike reflects on how he got his start, his 40-year partnership with Tommy Heinsohn and what it’s like to enter the HOF alongside Paul Pierce. :30 – How is Mike feeling going into HOF ceremony? How did Mike’s career as a broadcaster begin? 16:00 – When did Mike’s phrase “got it” come along? 20:00 –Mike reflects on his partnership and friendship with Tommy Heinsohn 27:00 –...


Celebrating Robert Williams’ extension, plus grading Brad Stevens offseason

Chris Forsberg talks with Jeff Goodman to break down the good and the bad of the Celtics’ moves this offseason. What grade does Brad Stevens deserve for his first offseason in charge? 1:00-Chris pops champagne to celebrate Robert Williams’ four-year extension 6:30-Is there any concern with the Celtics giving Williams a long-term deal? 8:30-What’s the ceiling for Robert Williams? 18:00-Goodman explains why he’d give Brad Stevens a ‘C’ for his moves so far 24:00-What’s the biggest key to...


A Marcus Smart contract extension was the right move for the Celtics

Chris Forsberg reacts to the news that Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart agreed to a four-year, $77m+ contract extension that will keep him in Boston through the 2025/26 season. How does this major commitment from Brad Stevens and the organization affect the teams' salary cap flexibility moving forward? Does this move preclude Boston from making a trade for Bradley Beal or the next disgruntled NBA star looking for a change? Also in this episode, could an extension for Robert Williams be...


All aboard the Yam Madar hype train, plus should Celtics sign Dennis Schroder?

Chris Forsberg talks with Brian Robb, Celtics beat reporter for MassLive, about his takeaways from the Celtics Summer League opener. Also, they debate what other moves the Celtics could make this offseason. 2:00-All aboard the Yam Madar hype train! 6:30-What role will Romeo Langford play for the Celtics? 8:30-Can Carsen Edwards prove he deserves a spot on this roster? 12:00-Should the Celtics extend Marcus Smart? 14:30-Would Dennis Schroder be a good fit in Boston? 19:30-Will the...


What’s the endgame for Brad Stevens and the Celtics?

Chris Forsberg and DJ Bean try to make sense of the Celtics’ quiet start to free agency and debate what the endgame is for Brad Stevens and the Celtics. 3:00-Will the Celtics regret not signing Evan Fournier? 9:00-Is the plan Bradley Beal or bust? 14:00-Are Jaylen and Jayson enough to make free agents want to come to Boston? 23:30-Confidence meter in Marcus Smart being the Celtics’ starting PG next season 31:00-Game time: Pick two remaining free agents to pursue See Privacy Policy at...


Lonzo Ball? Bradley Beal? What's next after quiet draft night for Celtics?

Chris Forsberg breaks down the top storylines surround NBA Draft night, between the ripple effects of the Russell Westbrook trade, Lonzo Ball rumors and the Celtics pick. We also get an exclusive interview with Brad Stevens after the draft. 0:20 - Chris gives his take on the Celtics drafting Juhann Begarin in the second round (45th overall). 2:50 - With the Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Wizards, could Washington look to deal Bradley Beal? Chris discusses the chances of that...


Is Bradley Beal’s future with Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics?

Chris Forsberg is joined by Chris Miller, Wizards Insider from NBC Washington, to discuss whether the Celtics are in the mix to acquire Bradley Beal. 1:00-Answering your questions from the Celtics Talk mailbag 2:30-What needs to happen for the Celtics to acquire Bradley Beal 26:20-Chris Miller on the future of Bradley Beal 33:30-Which NBA teams can offer the best deal for Beal? 38:00-Miller on why the Celtics ‘definitely are in on the conversation’ with Beal Watch on YouTube:...


Who should the cash-strapped Celtics target for a summer addition?

Kyle Anderson? Patty Mills? Kelly Olynyk? Chris Forsberg and John Karalis debate which free agents the Celtics should target this summer. 3:00-Should the Celtics re-sign Evan Fournier? 10:30-Could the Celtics realistically acquire JaMychal Green? 14:30-Breaking down top trade targets for the Celtics using Hayward TPE 29:00-Free-agent targets for C’s using midlevel exception Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3TF7rmymyXw See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California...


Could Bradley Beal become a Celtic? Plus, Fran Fraschilla’s Olympics preview

Chris Forsberg breaks down how the Celtics could make a Jayson Tatum-Bradley Beal tandem happen. Also, NBC Olympics basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla joins to discuss what we can expect from Tatum and Team USA. 1:00-Here’s how Celtics can make a Tatum-Beal tandem happen 5:00-Which players would the Celtics have to give up to get Beal? 9:15-Beal on his excitement to play for the U.S. team with Tatum 11:15-Interview with NBC Olympics basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla 13:00-How will...