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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.




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...


Steve Kyler on Celtics or Raptors in the East, if Cavs are still a factor, and other surprise teams to watch for

1:08 - A. Sherrod Blakely and Abby Chin discuss the most concerning Celtics injury and talk about how important Marcus Smart is to this team. 6:28 - Sherrod and Abby on what the Celtics goals should be for the playoffs and how much seeding will matter. 10:04 - Steve Kyler from BasketballInsiders.com joins to break down the Eastern Conference, who has the edge in Boston vs. Toronto, if Cleveland can still make a deep run, and other surprise teams in the East to watch out for. 23:16 - Brian...


Special guest Marcus Morris on being a mentor to Jayson Tatum

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely get you caught up on the latest with the Celtics. Marcus Morris joins Kyle to talk about a wide range of topics. Here's the complete rundown: (1:40) Celtics have done well vs the best in the West (4:00) Kyrie Irving's knee - should we be more concerned? (10:25) Jaylen Brown has been impressive since the All-Star break. Sherrod says he strives to be great. We then talk about whether Jayson Tatum has that same mindset early on in his career (15:15) Al...


Anthony Davis opening the door for a trade?

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely start off this week's episode talking about the return of Marcus Smart following the All-Star break, and how much the team missed him in their recent skid. Will head coach Brad Stevens make a lineup change, and with more practice time under his belt, will Greg Monroe see his minutes increase? (9:50) Sherrod talks about his article on NBCSportsBoston.com this week on Kyrie Irving needing to have a 'special' finish to his first season with the Celtics....


Cedric Maxwell on Pierce retired number; Are the Cavs issues gone after trades?

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss Paul Pierce getting his #34 raised to the rafters with Celtics great Cedric Maxwell. Where does Pierce rank in team history? Plus, a hearty debate on whether Ray Allen should've attended the ceremony. Before the festivities on Sunday, the current Celtics got their first look at the new-look Cavs, and it didn't go so well for Boston. We look at whether this game was a case of the Cavs "figuring things out" with their four new players, or are the C's...