Good friend Marc Spears joins Justin Poulin for this week's Celtics Stuff Live interview. We talk about his move to ESPN's "The Undefeated", his time on Boston with the Globe covering the 2008 championship team, and his work with the National Association of Black Journalists. We also talk about Jaylen Brown's connection to the Kerr family and whether or not Ray Allen's number should be retired with the Celtics.
The first week of the Regular Season is in the books and Justin wastes no time in touting the fact that he predicted the W-L record for week one. We discuss the second unit, and in particular the emergence of playing time for Jordan Mickey in the Saturday match-up against the Hornets. Other topics include questioning whether the team can continue the trend from last season of performing well on the second night of back-to-backs. The front court play, specifically Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller, is scrutinized and the ultimate insertion of Kelly Olynyk into the starting lineup would be warranted. Finally, the debate turns to whether Horford is being underutilized and our predictions for week 2 result that includes another back-to-back with two national televised games against the Bulls and Cavs
The cuts have been made and the ground has been broken for a new practice facility honoring the Patriarch of Celtics basketball. Jon and Justin discuss the worst of birthday presents for RJ Hunter, but more so the curious case of Benjamin Bentil. This all leads to a discussion around the Celtics having so many assets that some may eventually come back to haunt them and the hunch that a completed CBA may allow for more action on the trade front this season. Of course, what organization seems more poised for collapse and trade, then the Celtics first prime time opponent of the season, the Chicago Bulls? Tossed into the mix is a quick review of the Celtics Stuff Live fantasy basketball league and a few other tangents.
Tom Westerholm makes his first appearance on Celtics Stuff Live to help wrap up the preseason. We discuss shortening the preseason, the unlucky timing of Marcus Smart's injury and the task Terry Rozier will have in replacing Evan Turner. We also discussed whether Kelly Olynyk should have elected to have shoulder surgery sooner and Tom gives an AMAZING breakdown of the case for Young and against Hunter for the final roster cut. We hope you enjoy!
With only two preseason games remaining and roster cuts imminent, Jon and Justin break down a list of 6 players of which two will not make the Celtics squad. Offering up their predictions and wild card scenarios. RJ Hunter gets some love for his performance in the second half against the Knicks showing confidence and signs he is evolving form a shooter to a scorer. The discussion then turns to the rotations and substitution patterns which have seemed clunky at times. Justin gives Al Horford a new nickname and what show would be complete without discussing the roles and performances of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.
Celtics Stuff Live looks back this week to one of the highlights of the show, an interview with Early Lloyd from March 2008. Earl Lloyd is known as the first black person to play in an NBA game (one of four players to break the barrier in the 1950-1951 season). Early talks about his upbringing in Virginia, College days at West Virginia State College, and how much the world has changed since his playing days. One of best quotes from the interview is something that he learned from his parents, "Never dignify ignorance." We hope you will enjoy this interview as much as we did when we recorded it over 8 years ago.
Jon and Justin discuss potential line-ups and substitution patterns, Avery Bradley's development, trading Olynyk for Noel since both are up for a payday and how end of the bench players such as Mickey, Hunter, and Young are looking to make the team. There is also some talk about the draft and stash big men and how they seem to stay in the news even if they didn't stay in the country after the draft/summer league.
An old friend joins Celtics Stuff Live, as Eric Weiss of Sports Aptitude makes an appearance in the offseason interview series. Eric has been mentioned throughout this series as he and Jeff Clark from CelticsBlog helped to pioneer credentialed access for CelticsBlog as the first blog to gain access to the locker room. Since then, Eric has provided coverage for DraftExpress, Scout.com, and Yahoo Sports before venturing into the field of analytics and starting his own company. We discuss his immersion in the tech boom culture during his college years in the Bay Area.
Chad Finn joins Jon and Justin as the Offseason Interview Series is wrapping up through the preseason. Chad's interview with Bobby Manning was the inspiration for the series and Chad shares his unique career path with our listeners. The trio of UMaine alumni looks back on the heyday of the hockey program and the opportunity that the program's success had in vaulting Chad's career.
Jon Duke returns from parts unknown as training camp opens up for Media Day. We cover the themes you can expect to hear about during training camp and just can't shake the trade talk that has plagued us since February. Justin and Jon also pay tribute to Kevin Garnett with his retirement having been announced over the weekend. Enjoy the show!
Bobby Manning joins Celtics Stuff Live as the offseason interview series is nearing it's close with training camp right around the corner. As you likely already know, Bobby inspired the series during an episode of his show The Bobcast in which he interviewed Boston.com's Chad Finn. Bobby started his making a name for himself early, contributing to CelticsBlog during High School and has now just arrived in Syracuse to begin his collegiate career and is on staff at the school newspaper. He reflects on how he got his start at CelticsBlog and discusses his emphasis on learning. Enjoy the show!
Chris Forsberg joins Celtics Stuff Live as our 8th guest in the offseason interview series. Chris shares his advice on "Just Say Yes" and being adaptable. He also shares about how he had planned to go to Holy Cross but ended up at Northeastern and ultimately landing an intern position at the Globe where he and Chad Finn were contributors to the Boston.com website. Justin and Chris wrap up discussing Forsberg's illustrious racing career and attempt to determine if there is such a term that is a combination of doppleganger and namesake. Enjoy!
Justin Poulin speaks with John Karalis of RedsArmy.com and the Rainin' J's Podcast on the LockedOn Netwoek in this episode of the offseason interview series. This one gets a little personal and focuses on John's basketball career and his time at Emerson majoring in broadcasting. Enjoy!
Justin Poulin speaks with CLNS' very own video pioneer, Jared Weiss on this episode of the offseason interview series. The Host of the Garden Report was just 20 years old when he first covered the Celtics as a credentialed member of the media. We talk about his evolution from lifelong season ticket holder to providing objective content as well as the importance of having a sense of humor, the power of creative control, and differentiating your personal brand.
Brian Robb from CelticsHub.com and 98.5 the Sports Hub joins host Justin Poulin for the fifth installment in the offseason interview series. Brian talks about diversifying contributions to various outlets, applying statistical analysis, and shares a funny story from the locker room. You can follow Brian on Twitter @CelticsHub
Nick Gelso, the founder of CLNS Radio, joins Celtics Stuff Live as the fourth guest in our offseason interview series. The interview features discussions around developing the CLNS Radio network, pioneering video coverage from a credentialed new media outlet, and the progress being made in monetizating online media content. We hope you will enjoy!
Jeff Clark, founder of CelticsBlog, joins Justin Poulin for the third installment of the Celtics Stuff Live Offseason Interview Series. We discuss the early days, even before blogs existed, message boards, and chat rooms. Jeff tells us that while content is surely King, "Community Is Queen". Stepping into the wayback machine, we also talk about having worked together in 2006 along with Eric Weiss to secure credentialed access to the Celtics locker room. This is a can't miss episode!
Danny Leroux joins Celtics Stuff Live for the 2nd installment of our offseason interview series focusing on the careers of those who cover the Celtics and the NBA. Danny writes for RealGM and hosts the RealGM Radio podcast here on CLNS Radio. He is also a frequent co-host on the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and has begun writing for The Athletic. Danny began to cover the Warriors while in Law School and this experience helped him to craft convincing arguments and develop a methodology for approaching his work. He shares with us some sage advice, fun stories, and his thoughts on the Celtics. We hope you enjoy!
Sean Grande kicks off our off-season interview series. The series inspires to bring fans closer to the professionals who cover your favorite team. Sean covers a wide range of topics from his upbringing in New York City to his newest venture with Bellator MMA on Spike Sports. The Voice of the Frozen Four was willing to talk Hockey East with your hosts, both UMaine grads. We also cover his days at WEEI as the Sports Director, his alter ego "Flashboy", and his relationship with Bill Simmons. Enjoy!
Chris Forsberg's Summer Forecast begins today and Jon and Justin analyze their answers for round 1. Make sure you head over to ESPN Boston and read all the answers. We always discuss Doc Rivers interview with Woj and a dream up a scenario where Paul Pierce joins the Celtics for some or all of the season instead of signing a one-day contract to retire in a Boston uniform.
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Celtics Stuff Live is bringing you another bonus show this week, this time flashback in honor of the 9th anniversary of the KG trade that changed everything and brought the Celtics banner 17. Eric Weiss co-hosted with Justin Poulin featuring guests Steve Bulpett, Scott Souza and Sean Grande. It was the first week that the gang had decided to take a week off since the show's inception and well, Murphy's Law, Jon Duke did make an appearance however, returning from his annual vacation in New Hampshire to close out the show. Enjoy this little slice of Celtics history through the lens of Celtics Stuff Live!
Sam Sheehan joins Justin Poulin in this special edition of Celtics Stuff Live to breakdown his work on the cap and resulting article on Celtics reddit. Sam is the host of Scorching Shamrocks here on CLNS Radio where he takes regular abuse from his co-host Sullivan James Sullivan.
Justin welcomes Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston to the show while Jon Duke vacations in parts unknown, stranded thanks to fallen timbers and electrical lines. Chris and Justin go around the offseason horn, taking stock of the moves, rumors and potential implications for the upcoming season. Comments made by Jae Crowder this week and Saturdays signings of Green/Zeller lead the charge while we make sure to pay Al Horford some serious respect after the news cycle moved on too quickly after his signing. Enjoy!
Jon and Justin return from vacation to discuss Trade Rumors, Summer League, Jared Sullinger and questions from Twitter. Also, just minutes before recording Steve Bulpett opens the Kevin Durant wound and Justin picks up right where he left off. We announce another winner of the FanEssentials.net giveaway, remember to retweet the show announcement with #FanEssentials for your chance to win and follow us on twitter @CSL_TweetLive, @CSL_Justin and @CSL_Duke.