Danny Ainge has done plenty this offseason, but on Tuesday rapper Lil B did something greater than any trade, draft pick or signing could achieve.
Lil B, who is perhaps best known for cursing and blessing teams and athletes, posted a photo with Jaylen Brown Tuesday afternoon, after which he officially gave Brown and the Celtics his blessing for the 2017-18 season.
Lil B’s blessing and cursing goes back to 2011, when he cursed Kevin Durant for insulting his music. He lifted the curse after the Thunder lost in the 2012 NBA finals, but then put it back on in 2014. He cursed James Harden in 2015 for stealing a dance move from him, but lifted it in June.
More recently, Lil B threatened to curse the Lakers after Lonzo Ball said that “nobody” cares about Nas’ music anymore, and that Migos and Future are “real hip-hop.”
Celtics fans should be happy with this news. The only thing that would make it better is if Lil B actually curses the Lakers to finishing with a draft pick between No. 2 and 5 in the 2018 draft.
If the San Antonio Spurs can't retain disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, they'll likely trade him to an Eastern Conference team, according to a USA TODAY report.
The Celtics have made inquiries about Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month.
More from Sam Amick's story in USA TODAY:
Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego earlier this week to meet with Leonard, who reportedly will tell any team he's traded to that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast...
1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk.
5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft.
8:27 - 18:18 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined by Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy describes the potential he sees in Robert Williams, if he thought he would go higher in the draft, and what part of his game he will need to improve in the NBA.
18:53 - All eyes will be on Roger Williams during the Celtics summer league. What will he be able to bring to the Celtics?
20:04 - Would you want the Celtics to sign Dwight Howard? Or would you rather have Aron Baynes return to Boston?
26:02 - The Spurs are not going to be able to get full value for Kawhi Leonard and how it's looking less and less likely that the Celtics will trade for Leonard.
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