On Sunday afternoon, multiple outlets confirmed the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant as first reported by TMZ. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding who had accompanied Bryant on the fatal helicopter ride. The latest update comes from the LA County Sheriff who has stated that there were 9 passengers on the helicopter, not 5 as initially reported. Bryant's 13-year old daughter Gianna is believed to have been one of those passengers.
With just 15 days until the NBA's trade deadline, brace yourselves for two weeks of nonstop rumors and unnamed sources. If you're a Celtics fan, you're probably already well accustomed to the trade hysteria, as it's been a natural part of pretty much every season (and offseason) since acquiring all of those assets from Brooklyn. This season is no different. Since before the season even started, you've probably been hearing a lot of the same, common names as potential trade targets for the Celtics. From big men like Andre Drummond, Steven Adams, Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love or Myles Turner, to bench scorers like Davis Bertans, Nemanja Bjelica, Robert Covington or Danilo Gallinari, the Celtics have been identified as potential trade partners and good fits for a whole host of guys around the league. If we know anything about the Celtics front office, however, it's that the moves they make are usually the ones that nobody sees coming ahead of time.
Jaylen Brown Wishes He Had Given a "Retractment" For His Comments Saying He "Wanted to Win 5 Championships by the Time I'm 28"
In a guest appearance on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast that aired this past Monday, Jaylen Brown was asked what he feels can “tear a team apart”. Brown’s answer? The media. In his response, Brown expressed some level of regret over one of his comments in the past.
Back in October, Jaylen Brown inked a 4-year, $115 million contract extension with the Celtics just before the deadline for rookie's to re-sign with their teams. At the time, the deal was paraded in NBA circles as a bit of an overpay, but Brown's breakout season has silenced those criticizing the Celtics for the move. Brown would've entered restricted free agency had he not come to an agreement with the Celtics before October 21st at 6pm ET. Jaylen Brown went on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast this past week and gave some insight on his negotiations with the Celtics.
The idea that the Celtics need to make a move by the trade deadline has been something I’ve disagreed with since the start of the season. Now, after watching the Celtics get practically embarrassed in three-straight losses (Washington, San Antonio, and sadly… Philly), I am starting to lean into the idea of making some type of move to better this team.
When teammates jokingly called Enes Kanter "stop sign" after a 6 block performance against Charlotte on New Years Eve, it was funny and almost seemed like they were aware of his reputation on that end of the floor. However, that performance seems to have fueled a narrative that Kanter has not only improved on the defensive end this season, but actually been impressive. I'm here to explain why that narrative is a facade rooted largely in metrics that fail miserably at capturing Kanter's actual, individual performance as a defender.
The Boston Celtics suffered an inexcusable loss at the hands of an undermanned Washington Wizards squad last night, ending the team’s brief three-game winning streak. While wide-open misses played a big part in the loss as a whole, a game against a historically awful defensive team like the Wizards is a must-win if Boston wants to secure home-court advantage later in the playoffs.
While Boston's picks obtained from the Brooklyn Nets ended up netting them Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and later helped bolster a deal for Kyrie Irving, their luck hasn't been nearly as good so far with Sacramento and Memphis' picks.
By now, Celtics GM Danny Ainge has largely put the "doesn’t know how to draft" narrative to bed - for every James Young and Fab Melo, there’s a Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. And it’s not just “Fire and Ice” - just this decade, Ainge drafted Avery Bradley in 2010, Marcus Smart in 2014, Terry Rozier in 2016, and Robert Williams in 2018, all of whom ended up in the starting lineup of a playoff-caliber Boston team at some point in their careers.