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PODCAST: Doc Rivers with high praise for Celtics offseason, rebuild; Interviews with Isaiah Thomas and Brad Stevens

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PODCAST: Doc Rivers with high praise for Celtics offseason, rebuild; Interviews with Isaiah Thomas and Brad Stevens

In this week's episode of the "Celtics Talk" podcast, A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper discuss the Cavs introduction of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, plus bring you some of the exclusive interviews we have had over the past few days - Isaiah Thomas in Cleveland, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

Here's a rundown of this episode:

Kyle and Sherrod

  • 1:10: Reaction to Isaiah Thomas/Jae Crowder press conference
  • 4:30: Are people underestimating the Cavs with Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon to fill in for Isaiah?
  • 8:03: Isaiah Thomas Player’s Tribune letter


A. Sherrod Blakely interview with Isaiah Thomas

  • 11:37: Isaiah on dealing with the trade 
  • 12:34: IT on playing with LeBron
  • 13:04: Questions with hip injury effecting 'backing up the Brinks truck' next summer
  • 14:04: What it would be like to play the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals
  • 15:48: How does IT not take it personally getting traded?
  • 16:27: Isaiah's conversation with Brad Stevens
  • 17:22: Does the relationship change with young players on C’s?


Kyle with Brad Stevens

  • 18:35: On entering his 5th season with Celtics
  • 19:22: Thoughts on the overhauled roster
  • 20:03: Stevens thought on Isaiah’s letter
  • 22:47: Stevens on theory that Kyrie Irving is a ‘ball dominant guard’


Kyle with Doc Rivers

  • 25:17: Doc talks about Celtics big changes
  • 26:12: Kyrie Irving is a closer…you need closers
  • 27:12: Danny Ainge rebuild - “As good a rebuild as you’ve ever seen”
  • 28:05: Adjustment for Clippers from losing Chris Paul
  • 28:52: Loss of Jamal Crawford
  • 29:30: His role change within the organization
  • 30:20: The stacked West, and how everyone is still chasing the Warriors


Kyle and Sherrod

  • 31:50 Marcus Smart - Losing weight; importance of his role on defense with loss of Bradley and Crowder
  • 33:41 Expecting Tatum/Brown to play big roles

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.