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The Celtics Talk podcast from CSNNE.com is hosted by Insider A. Sherrod Blakely and Pre/Postgame host Kyle Draper. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA.

The Celtics Talk podcast from CSNNE.com is hosted by Insider A. Sherrod Blakely and Pre/Postgame host Kyle Draper. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA.
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The Celtics Talk podcast from CSNNE.com is hosted by Insider A. Sherrod Blakely and Pre/Postgame host Kyle Draper. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA.




Expectations and predictions for the 2018-19 Celtics; Kyrie, Horford, and Hayward discuss the upcoming season

In this episode of The Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Forsberg... 1:29 - Expectations for this team right out of the gate. Will the poor preseason performance affect the Celtics in the regular season? 3:30 - Celtics team has to stay hungry and humble or reality check could be coming their way. 4:45 - Who is the best team in the East besides the Celtics? The Raptors better with Kawhi over DeRozan? 76ers the next team in the East? 10:47 - Confidence...


Jeff Goodman's super confident that Kyrie will be staying in Boston and Jayson Tatum will be a Hall of Famer

On this episode of The Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Forsberg.... 0:50 - A look at the NBA survey from general managers around the league. Thoughts on Marcus Smart not receiving a single vote for best defender. 4:13 - Brad Stevens voted best coach in the NBA by the general managers. Did Gregg Popovich lose out because of the situation last season with Kawhi Leonard? 8:30 - MVP race from the GM survey - Kyrie Irving received some votes. 10:47 -...


Austin Ainge on confidence of Celtics heading into the season

Austin Ainge talks with A. Sherrod Blakely about the confidence the Celtics have heading into the 2018 season, and we discuss what team we think Jimmy Butler will end up on. (2:00) Does Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota make him look bad? (6:00) What team does Jimmy Butler end up with? (11:00) Breaking down ESPN top 100 NBA players list, did they rank the Celtics correctly? (15:00) Would you rather have Jimmy Butler or Gordon Hayward? (17:00) A. Sherrod Blakely talks with Celtics...


Gordon Hayward 1-on-1, Ben Golliver breaks down his SI top 100 list

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakey talk everything Celtics, including an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Gordon Hayward, and SI Senior Writer Ben Golliver breaks down his top 100 list and what went behind where he ranked Celtics players. (1:00) Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss the return of Gordon Hayward and SI’s top 100 list. (7:30) A. Sherrod Blakely talks with Gordon Hayward about his rehabbing from his injury and expectations for training camp(11:00) What will the return of...


Is the NBA pushing for a renewed rivalry between Celtics & 76ers? Exclusive 1-on-1’s with Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis

A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper discuss the latest surrounding the Celtics including…(3:00) How badly does the NBA want to revive the Celtics-76ers rivalry. How much better can the 76ers be? (8:00) Reacting to the NBA Schedule release, why not have the Celtics play the Lakers on Christmas? (11:00) Will Kawhi Leonard hold the Raptors hostage like he did the Spurs? (17:00) A. Sherrod Blakely talks with Aron Baynes about coming back to the Celtics, and the ‘unfinished business’ he feels he...


Marcus Smart returns, Kawhi comes to the Eastern Conference and Gordon Hayward checks in

0:50 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss the Celtics signing Marcus Smart to a 4-year, $52 million contract and what he means to the team. 6:02 - With the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in a trade including DeMar DeRozan the Eastern Conference has experienced a bit of a shake up. Sherrod and Kyle debate whether or not the Celtics remain the favorites in the East. 14:25 - Gordon Hayward joins Sherrod to discuss a variety of topics including how videos games helped him...


Are the Celtics handling the Smart contract situation the right way?; Running into Isaiah Thomas; Summer League developments

1:20 - Sherrod broke the news that the Kings are preparing an offer for Marcus Smart. Any chance Smart gets close to $15 million? 5:26 - Are the Celtics handling the Smart contract situation the right way? Would the Celtics need to massage the ego of Smart if he were to return to Boston? 10:19 - Sherrod ran into Isaiah Thomas at the airport in Las Vegas. Sherrod tells us the conversation he had with I.T. about still being a free agent and what kind of deal he expects to receive. 13:28 -...


LeBron joins Lakers as free agency begins; Consider trading Jaylen Brown? What's the Celtics window?

0:50 - LeBron goes to the Western Conference to join the Lakers. Boogie Cousins joins the defending champs. A lot of big dominos have fallen during free agency. Surprised by any moves that have been made around the league so far? 3:00 - Isaiah Thomas is still a free agent. What is the market for the former Celtics point guard? How much did playing through his hip injury in Boston impact him? 7:05 - The Lakers are a team made for TV drama. L.A. has signed a bunch of ‘misfits’ around...


Spurs beat writer Jabari Young believes Kawhi wouldn't re-sign if traded to Boston; Spurs would need both Tatum and Brown

In this episode of The Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely... 1:05 - It's great that the Celtics are in the mix for Kawhi Leonard but they can stand back and still be a top team in the NBA. So is it worth it to trade for Kawhi? 5:10 - It's making less and less sense to make a trade for Leonard as the risk is outweighing the reward. 7:24 - Jabari Young, Spurs beat writer for the San Antonio Express joins and says it's looking like Kawhi Leonard is not going to be...


Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy explains what kind of player the Celtics drafted

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast... 1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk. 5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft. 8:27 -...


Is Lebron/Kyrie relationship fixable? Chris Haynes discusses; Austin Ainge on expectations this summer

In this week’s Celtics Talk Podcast with Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely, our guests include ESPN NBA Insider Chris Haynes, and Boston Celtics Director of Player Development Austin Ainge. Kyle and Sherrod begin by talking about whether the Celtics would have given the Warriors a more competitive series in the NBA Finals. (8:00) Chris Haynes joins us on the phone to talk about the Celtics being the “best option” for LeBron James. Hayes says LeBron has a ton of respect for the Celtics...


Game 7 learning experience; Any major roster moves? Why was Kyrie missing?

2:05 - How far would the Celtics have gone if they had Kyrie Irving and/or Gordon Hayward? Any experienced gained from playing in Game 7? 6:09 - Growth area for the young stars: Jayson Tatum needs to add size and weight to improve his game while Jaylen Brown should build off this last season and work on his ball handling. 8:35 - Why was Kyrie Irving not on the bench for Game 7 and were you disappointed he wasn't present? 11:40 - The Celtics reportedly might be interested in Mo Bamba in...


Even if LeBron scores 60 points, would the Cavaliers still lose? David Aldridge breaks down both NBA playoff series

(:30) Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely break down the Celtics first two wins against the Cavaliers and what the biggest key has been to those wins. (3:30) Would the Cavaliers still lose if LeBron puts up 60 points? (7:00) Can the Cavaliers come back from a 2-0 deficit? (13:00) David Aldridge joins our Celtics Talk crew to give his impressions of the first two Celtics wins (15:00) David Aldridge gives his opinion on just how crucial Brad Stevens has been for the Celtics, and reacts to...


Improbable run for the Celtics continues; Sekou Smith from NBA.com joins to discuss how far Boston can go

1:20 - How improbable is this Celtics run? A. Sherrod Blakey and Kyle Draper discuss the Celtics mental and physical toughness that was shown throughout the series against the 76ers. 4:40 - 76ers didn’t have the veteran presence like the Celtics got out of Al Horford. 5:40 - Terry Rozier becoming the star of the Celtics postseason and his budding bromance with former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. 9:42 - Sherrod predicts the Celtics win beat the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference...


How 2018 playoffs will get the 2019 Celtics close to Banner 18; Ian Thomsen on his new book, and how the Celtics helped shape LeBron James

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined in this episode by Ian Thomsen to discuss the Celtics/Bucks series, a big picture look at where Boston is right now in the NBA landscape, and his new book, “The Soul of Basketball”. Complete show notes: (:30) Kyle and Sherrod talk about the first two games of the series against the Bucks, and how the lack of fight and organization from a talented Bucks’ team has been the most noticeable factor so far. (4:57) Ian Thomsen joins the pod, and...


Danny Ainge on his expectations for the playoffs; How far can the Celtics go?

1:06 - Brian Scalabrine sits down with Danny Ainge to talk about how different the playoffs are than the regular season, how he evaluates the younger guys, and how far he thinks the Celtics can go. 11:44 - Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn discuss the most important thing for Brad Stevens to do in the playoffs and the expectations for the young players in the postseason. 14:35 - Kyle Draper talks with A. Sherrod Blakely about his oral history of the Celtics season article, the Celtics next...


With Kyrie Irving done for the season, do the Celtics have enough talent to succeed in the playoffs?

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss the news of Kyrie Irving being done for the season, and who they think needs to step up and take on a bigger role for the team. (1:00) Is losing Kyrie Irving a ‘death blow’ for the Celtics? (2:00) What does Kyrie being out do for Terry Rozier? (4:00) When did Celtics realize how bad Kyrie’s knee was? Was surgery the right call? (7:00) Is next season the best opportunity the Celtics will have to win a title? (10:00) How key are the last regular...


Can the Celtics continue to win despite their injuries? Walter McCarty talks taking Evansville coaching job

(1:00) A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper discuss just how impressive the Celtics ability to win despite their injuries has been. (4:00) Has Brad Stevens earned Coach of the Year honors? (8:30) What is the deal with Kevin Durant being ejected so many times this season? (13:00) Reaction to Isaiah Thomas being out for the season after having hip surgery (17:00) Kyle Draper talks with Walter McCarty about being hired as the head coach of the Evansville Purple Aces (21:30) Walter McCarty...


Chris Mannix on Kyrie Irving's knee injury, how it will affect him, and expectations for his return

1:30 - How concerning is Kyrie Irving's injured knee? Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Chris Mannix discuss how this will affect Kyrie for the rest of this season, if he will be ready for playoffs, and if it will linger into next year. 6:50 - What are the expectations for the Celtics if they are without Kyrie Irving? Is it worth it to push Kyrie to play if they can’t win the title this season? 9:05 - Celtics are playing more for the 2018-2019 season than they are for 2017-2018 as they...