Joe Johnson remembers long forgotten Celtics teammates

Joe Johnson remembers long forgotten Celtics teammates

By: Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES Back in the summer of 2001, the Celtics had three first round picks.

With the No. 10 pick, they chose Arkansas' Joe Johnson. With No. 11, a swing man out of Okaloosa-Walton Community College named Kedrick Brown. At No. 22, it was North Carolina's Joe Forte.

At the time, the trio were supposed to be a huge part of Boston's future. But now?

Well, you know about Johnson. He was traded to the Suns halfway through his rookie season before moving to Atlanta, where he's now a five-time All Star.

But Brown and Forte? Well, Johnson's not sure.

"Oh man," Johnson said when asked about his former teammates. "I havent spoken to those guys in years. I was asking Lester Conner, one of our assistant coaches in Atlanta, if he had talked to them and he hadn't either. Im curious to know what those guys are up to."

After a little research, we can report that Brown last played in the NBA with Philly in 2005, and now plays in Turkey for Bornova Belediye. Forte was out of the league in 2003 after only 25 games. In January 2010 he was playing for Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia, an Italian team.

As for Johnson's time with the Celtics, a lot has happened since, but he still appreciates the team for bring him into the league.

"They gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level of basketball and I cant do anything but thank them for that."

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Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.

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