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 could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.