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Could Celtics take Lonzo Ball over Markelle Fultz?

Could Celtics take Lonzo Ball over Markelle Fultz?

Assuming the Celtics keep the first overall, nobody expects them to take anyone but Markelle Fultz. 

INSTEAD OF FULTZ, WHAT IF CELTICS DRAFT . . .

Yet it’s been a month since the NBA lottery and we’re bored. What if the Celtics pull off a stunner and take Lonzo Ball instead? Here’s Brian Scalabrine’s take on the UCLA point guard: 

I think he’s a good player. I don’t know if physically he could be a dominant player in the NBA. I don’t think that they’ll take him just for the simple fact that he didn’t come in and work out. That could have swayed them to take him, but I don’t think that just seeing him in college and not getting him in for a workout would be enough. 

Is there a dropoff in this draft class after Ball? 

No. I think Josh Jackson’s really good. Let’s keep it real. At the end of the day, I don’t think you really know until you get a guy and he has the heart and the head and is he going to be afraid of the moment? You might like guys that are talented, and I get all that, but there’s a certain point, I mean look at Isaiah Thomas: 60th pick in the draft and he’s one of the best players in the league.

You draft guys based on talent, you draft guys based on ability, but at the end of the day, how driven you are is really what makes you great in this league. 

How much should the Celtics factor in LaVar Ball’s involvement? 

I think I would weight it. I would take it into consideration. You have to. You have t take everything into consideration. You’re picking a guy for your future. Why would you ignore it? 

Is an involved parent a major red flag?  

Injury history would probably be the biggest red flag, but no, I don’t think that [LaVar]’s a big red flag. It’s something you have to address. When you make a pick, you don’t just ignore what’s going on out there. You have to look at the kid’s attitude, his behavior, everything like that. 

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

The Celtics announced that they will retire former captain Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey Sunday, Feb. 11, when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. 

The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Pierce, the franchise No. 2 all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek, played 15 years in Boston and helped the C's win their 17th title in 2008.

His No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics.

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca had told the Boston Globe on Thursday that the Pierce jersey retirement would be this season.

Last month, Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics so he could officially retire with the Green.