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.
Jon and Justin put the Durant experience behind them with the help of guest Chad Finn from the Boston Globe. After an initial rant out of Justin's system, we look forward to next season and appreciate the positive progress of the team and celebrate the Horford signing. But now what? Trades? Who goes? What happens to Sully? All this and more...
Jon and Justin take to the pod-waves with their initial reaction to the Horford signing. We encourage the fans to go all in, enjoy the moment, and be optimistic about the likelihood of bringing @KDTrey5 to Beantown. Just listen, it will make you feel good.
Jon and Justin jump in on the ramped up podcast coverage with an early release of Celtics Stuff Live after staying up all night developing twitter thumb waiting on Horford updates. With NBA Free Agency well underway and disgusting money being thrown around like bachelors in a strip club, the hosts attempt to keep their sanity and contain their excitement about the dream scenario of Horford joining the Celtics to make their pitch to Kevin Durant tonight. Lots of great questions from the twitter following and a Summer League preview is also included - Enjoy!
Celtics Stuff Live aired for almost 7 straight hours on Draft Night 2007 packed with guests from traditional and new media. It was a defining moment for the only toll free call-in webcast produced specifically for Celtics fans. As we approach what could be another pivotal moment in Celtics Draft Night lore, we will look back on the night that changed everything. The first step in a remarkable transformation process which saw the Celtics rise from almost-worst to first. This is the second installment in a three part series chronicling the night as it unfolded.
Celtics Stuff Live aired for almost 7 straight hours on Draft Night 2007 packed with guests from traditional and new media. It was a defining moment for the only toll free call-in webcast produced specifically for Celtics fans. As we approach what could be another pivotal moment in Celtics Draft Night lore, we will look back on the night that changed everything. The first step in a remarkable transformation process which saw the Celtics rise from almost-worst to first. This is the first in a three part series chronicling the night as it unfolded.
Kevin O'Connor is our guest this week leading up to Thursday night's draft. The discussion focuses on Murray, Brown and Labissiere for the top tier prospects as well as some sleepers later in the draft and rising prospect Sabonis. Jon and Justin follow up with their final takes heading into the draft and announce plans for the draft night show and a Part 3 series looking back at Draft Night 2007 that will release in the three days leading up to the draft.
Jeff Goodman from ESPN joins us this week as we inch closer to the NBA Draft in less than 2 weeks. Jeff blows up both Jon and Justin's top 3 rankings for the Celtics with the third pick. Jeff throws out the idea of trading Smart and the #16 pick for Nerlens Noel and is willing to give up #23 as well, using the 3rd pick to select Dunn who he tabs as a "New Age Point Guard" and a potential top 5 PG in a few years. Goodman also threw some cold water on Justin's love for Jaylen Brown, but ended strong by advocating for Sabonis at #16 who is a favorite of both CSL hosts. We review some value picks at #16/23 and Goodman prepares for backlash by saying that Isaiah Thomas is a #4, maybe #3, on a championship caliber team. After the interview, Jon and Justin break down the interview and give their take on all the draft analysis, with a hot debate to be continued about whether or not Kevin Love has a spot on this roster.
This week on Celtics Stuff Live we discuss the outcome of the Western Conference Finals and whether or not that legitimately brings Kevin Durant back into the offseason discussion. Moves from the front office this past week, extending the contracts of Ainge and Stevens has Jon and Justin thinking that may be the case. And, what offseason would be complete without revisiting Boogie Cousins thanks to an update to the DraftExpress mock draft that saw Chris leap into the 3rd slot. We answer questions from twitter followers and close out the show forcing ourselves to pick a favorite player for the 3rd pick and Just braces himself for twitter hate...
Chris Forsberg from ESPN Boston joins CSL just prior to Monday night's OKC meltdown and discussed whether that will make for a memorable off-season for the Celtics courtship of Kevin Durant. While Chris denies having a man-crush on any one prospect for the Celtics if they make the 3rd, Justin is all in on Jaylen Brown noting that the Cal product moved up on the DX mock draft ahead of Bender, while Jon hopes that LA falls in love with Bender so that Ingram can fall to #3. Finally, we end the show discussing the possibility of no trades and debate whether Ainge and his staff can trust the competitive process moving forward.
Celtics Stuff Live welcomes Scott Souza from the MetroWest Daily News to the show. Scott gave his take on the season, the draft lottery, and offseason possibilities for Jared Sullinger. With water sufficiently poured on the Durant to Boston hopeful fires, we also looked forward to what could be an exciting Finals between the Cavs and Thunder. After the interview, Jon and Justin answer questions from fans on twitter and debate the potential picks in June's draft as well as the importance that HYPE will play in positioning the Celtics to move the #3 pick for the best possible return.
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Sean Grande joins Jon and Justin for the first off-season episode of Celtics Stuff Live. Some crazy names get dropped, like Robert Swift..Marcus Banks..Brandon Hunter..and JR Bremer...see if you can handle it. Sean emphasized how the lack of shooting and hitting open looks really hurt this team in the postseason, but especially because of the draw against the Hawks. We discuss how the Celtics lost both tiebreakers for playoff seeding and draft position, which did not receive enough angst at the time. Looking ahead at the draft, trades and free agency through the prism of Evan Turner's spectacles and the benefit of wet cement.
Celtics Stuff Live closes out the regular season with an early edition release previewing the playoffs and featuring first time guest Ryan Bernardoni from CelticsHub and Celtics Redditt who you can follow @dangercart on twitter. Ryan discussed match-ups with Atlanta and what Celtics need to do to get through the defense with an eye forward to the offseason. After the interview Jon and Justin followed up on the interview and identified key match-ups and how far the first round series will go, with Justin predicting an unanticipated scrappy series.
Steve Bulpett joins Celtics Stuff Live as the final guest of the regular season. With two games remaining, Steve places an emphasis on playing out the season and establishing or maintaining the team's rhythm in lieu of resting players and accepting the 6th seed to stay out of the Cavaliers bracket in the postseason. Steve also discussed his belief that the extra cap room this summer will be a cause for even less free agent movement and that the Celtics are not willing to give a max contract to a player who isn't deserving for a number of reasons. After the interview with Steve, Jon and Justin make their predictions for how the Celtics will finish out the year and the odds that Dallas could still fall out of the playoffs and possibly handover the 12th pick in the draft (the spot Devin Booker was picked in last year).
Ian Thomsen from NBA.com joins Celtics Stuff Live this week to discuss his well-timed article on Isaiah Thomas just before the Celtics grabbed a win against the Warriors on Friday night. Ian also praised the efforts of Mike Zarren and described his value in preventing the Celtics from falling into the trip of overpaying for a Free Agent in the offseason. A look ahead at the playoffs has Ian as mystified as anyone else so to what is happening in Cleveland, but acknowledges they will be dangerous. After the discussion with Ian, Jon and Justin go into more depth on the win against Golden State and snapping their home win streak, as well as a look ahead to the final 5-6 games of the season with tough match-ups against the other Eastern Conference 3-6 seeds.
Jimmy Toscano from CSNNE joins Justin and Jon for this week's episode of Celtics Stuff Live. We looked at the past week with four wins straight, the improved play of Amir Johnson and the increasingly positive contributions of Evan Turner in Jae Crowder's absence. We didn't stop there however, as Lebron James has provided some cumulative material that should have the fans in Cleveland sweating. There was some controversy in Boston a s well, with Bob Ryan all ready to give up on Marcus Smart and his future with the Celtics. Jon and Justin ended the show agreeing to agree on Smart being deserving of more time before closing the book on a 22-year old with less than 2 years of NBA experience.