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You might've heard the story, but you've never heard it like this. Celtics Insiders Marc D'Amico, Sean Grande and Abby Chin take you behind the scenes for the first and only official Boston Celtics podcast. If you want to connect to Celtics stories and Legends like you never have before, you're in the right spot.

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You might've heard the story, but you've never heard it like this. Celtics Insiders Marc D'Amico, Sean Grande and Abby Chin take you behind the scenes for the first and only official Boston Celtics podcast. If you want to connect to Celtics stories and Legends like you never have before, you're in the right spot.

    S2E12: What Makes Playing in Boston Special and Unique

    S2E12: What Makes Playing in Boston Special and Unique

    We wrap up Season 2 in style with an audio documentary dedicated to answering one question: What is it that makes playing for the Boston Celtics so special? A long list of current Celtics, including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Ime Udoka, answer that question and explain their experience of donning the Green and White. Also hear the players explain in their own words the Celtics' culture, as well as what it feels like to be on the parquet - and even on the road - while thousands of Celtics fans create an absolutely electric atmosphere around them. This is the Season 2 finale - enjoy!

    • 17 min
    S2E11: Patriots' Damien Harris on His Celtics Relationships and Fandom

    S2E11: Patriots' Damien Harris on His Celtics Relationships and Fandom

    New England Patriots star running back Damien Harris loves the Celtics, and he knows what it takes to win. He joins Marc to dive into his fandom of the team and his relationships with Celtics players off the court. Harris regularly attends games and talks about sitting right behind Kevin Garnett at KG’s number retirement ceremony, and his excitement to attend Sunday’s Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets. Harris also gives insight into what it’s like to be a young, professional athlete in New England with pressure to win, he gives his view on Boston’s exciting turnaround this season, and he previews the Patriots’ upcoming offseason workouts.



    0:55 – Damien Harris joins the conversation and gives some context on his basketball background

    2:10 – Harris talks about being a regular at Celtics games and his relationships with Celtics players

    7:30 – Harris comments on playing under the pressure to win that exists in Boston sports

    8:50 – Harris talks about Boston’s potential in the Playoffs and its incredible turnaround this season

    12:50 – Harris comments on grinding through the tough days to come out on the other side

    14:45 – Weight room talk! Harris comments on the C’s postgame lift sessions, and how the weight room helps to bring teams together

    17:15 – Guess who was sitting behind KG at his retirement ceremony game?

    19:45 – Harris says he’s big on individual handshakes, and discusses the art of them

    21:00 – Harris gives an update on his offseason and what’s next for him and the Patriots

    • 23 min
    S2E10: Brad Stevens Opens Up About Leaving Coaching and the Celtics’ Season

    S2E10: Brad Stevens Opens Up About Leaving Coaching and the Celtics’ Season

    Ten months after shocking the basketball world by leaving the sidelines to take the President of Basketball Operations job for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens joins the pod for his first lengthy and exclusive conversation about the entire process. With his good friend Sean Grande on the pod with him, you’ll hear a whole new side of the new Celtics boss. What prompted him to switch roles? What does he have to say about his new responsibilities, including hiring a new coach and navigating the trade deadline? What does he think about the potential of this year’s team? Stevens touches on all of that and much more with Marc and Grande.

    1:00 – Grande explains how and why he and Brad Stevens became close friends

    8:55 – Brad Stevens explains why he moved from coaching into President of Basketball Operations for the Celtics

    11:25 – Stevens comments on the impact he felt from the two COVID seasons and the bubble

    15:30 – Stevens gives his take on the key differences between his current role and coaching

    19:30 – Listen to Stevens recall his first trade deadline experience

    23:15 – Stevens goes into the hiring of Ime Udoka and how Udoka has performed this season

    28:15 – What’s it like trading someone for the first time? Stevens answers that question

    29:50 – Marc asks Stevens about his incredible basketball intuition

    35:20 – Marc and Grande react to their conversation with Stevens

    39:15 – Grande comments on Stevens taking on his new role, as a new challenge

    40:00 – Marc revisits his experiences of interacting with Stevens’ intuition

    • 44 min
    S2E9: What It’s Like To Be a Boston Celtics Cult Hero

    S2E9: What It’s Like To Be a Boston Celtics Cult Hero

    What's it like to bask in the glory of being a Boston Celtics cult hero? It's time to hear straight from the horse's mouth. There’s a long list of obscure players in the team’s history who, for reasons other than their play, became some of the most popular players on their team. In this episode, Marc and Grande talk to not one, not two, but THREE of those players, as Brian Scalabrine, Tacko Fall and Gigi Datome all join the pod to discuss what it was like them to become a cult hero in Boston. How did it happen? Why did it happen? What did it involve? And most importantly – what were their favorite memories from their cult hero days in Beantown? They answer all of those questions and many more.

    • 59 min
    S2E8: College Tournament Memories, Triumphs and Defeats

    S2E8: College Tournament Memories, Triumphs and Defeats

    With the college basketball tournament well underway, former collegiate stars and current players within the Celtics organization Payton Pritchard and Denzel Valentine join the show to look back on their tournament experiences. Pritchard appeared in two tournaments as a member of the Oregon Ducks, including a run to the national semifinals back in 2017 that ended in heartbreaking fashion. Valentine, meanwhile, played in four tournaments as a. member of the Michigan State Spartans, including a trip to the national semifinals and being shocked in the first round by 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee in 2016.

    1:20 – Payton Pritchard joins the pod

    3:20 – Pritchard remembers his close second-round game against Rhode Island, and why it mattered

    4:40 – Pritchard dives into the experience of playing at the Final Four

    5:37 – The discussion goes deep into Oregon’s gut-wrenching, semifinal loss to UNC in 2017

    10:50 – Denzel Valentine joins the pod and explains what it’s like playing in the NCAA tournament

    16:15 – The conversation begins to detail Valentine’s experience as Michigan State was shockingly upset in the first-round in 2016 by 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee

    21:58 – Valentine speaks on the lack of pressure small schools and lower seeds feel when playing big programs, and how that leads to upsets

    25:50 – Valentine remembers his experience as Michigan State made a run to the Final Four during his junior year

    29:45 – What’s it like playing for Tom Izzo in a tournament? Valentine explains

    32:00 – Valentine speaks about his brother, Drew, who coached his team at Loyola-Chicago to the tournament this year

    • 35 min
    S2E7: Celebrating Women's History Month with Trailblazer Women in Sports

    S2E7: Celebrating Women's History Month with Trailblazer Women in Sports

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re proud to deliver our first-ever all-female podcast episode featuring a handful of accomplished women and trailblazers in the basketball world. Abby Chin and Amanda Pflugrad host and bring in Big East Commissioner and the first president of the WNBA Val Ackerman, Connecticut Sun President Jen Rizzotti, and Boston Celtics scout and three-time national champion Ashley Battle. The group weaves through a long list of topics all centered around what it’s like to be a woman in the sporting world, and in particular, the world of basketball.

    2:20 – Abby and Amanda welcome in their ridiculously impressive list of guests

    3:35 – Val Ackerman explains the path she’s taken to becoming the Commissioner of the Big East

    5:55 – Ashley Battle jumps in to tell the story of her career

    7:55 – Jen Rizzotti rounds out the group by explaining how she came to be president of the Connecticut Sun

    11:20 – Rizzotti and Battle explain how the WNBA bubble empowered the players of the league

    15:00 – Ackerman states her ‘four buckets’ between the connection of women and sports

    18:00 – Ackerman recalls an experience that scarred her and proved to her just how much more work needs to be done within FIBA to embrace women in basketball

    23:43 – The group discusses the challenges women face of having a family while trying to build their careers

    28:15 – The group gives advice on how to overcome challenges while discussing their own stories

    32:40 – Allison Feaster, the Celtics’ Vice President of Player Development and Organizational Growth, is discussed amongst the group

    36:05 – Rizzotti reveals her perspective on women in the workforce

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

ann-purple ,

Great content

Have enjoyed all of the episodes and looking forward to next season (or sooner if you have any special emergency episodes!)

drjrryfswrghhh ,

Top Notch Podcast!

Great topics, fascinating stories, and phenomenal hosts…there is nothing that could make this podcast better!

TheBestEver9 ,

Awesome Pod!

Great work by everyone on this. I can’t wait to hear more players stories

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