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Celtics' Grant Williams, Romeo Langford seem fired up to be in Boston

Celtics' Grant Williams, Romeo Langford seem fired up to be in Boston

The Boston Celtics' offseason may be off to an ominous start, but don't tell that to their new draft class.

The Celtics' four selections in the 2019 NBA Draft are descending on Boston on Monday for their introductory press conference at the Auerbach Center.

Before meeting with the media, though, they took to social media to share their excitement upon arriving in our new city.

Here's Romeo Langford, Boston's top selection out of Indiana at No. 14 overall:

Tennessee's Grant Williams, whom the Celtics selected at No. 22, arrived in Boston on Sunday night and already is calling the city "home."

Williams has an extra tie to Boston, as the Celtics happen to be his grandfather's favorite team.

"I’m proud of you, boy, you’re going to my team," Williams said his grandfather told him after the C's drafted him, via The Athletic's Jared Weiss. " ... I’m gonna come see you, now."

No. 51 selection Tremont Waters seems pretty fired up about his new hometown, too.

The No. 33 overall pick, Carsen Edwards, has kept quiet on social media, but the good news is that all four Celtics rookies appear to have made it safe and sound to Boston, where they'll aim to add some excitement to a team that could undergo significant changes this summer.

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown participates in peaceful protest in Atlanta

BOSTON -- The death of George Floyd in Minnesota after ex-police officer Derek Chauvin planted his knee firmly on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds, has brought many throughout the country to protest the rising number of police brutality-related incidents. 

You can count Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown among them. 

Brown was in Atlanta on Saturday participating in a peaceful protest and explained why through his IG Live account why he made the 15-hour drive to be there. 

“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from those conversations, at all,” Brown said. “First and foremost I’m a black man and I am a member of this community and I grew up on this soil. So, I want to say that first and foremost.”

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Brown was among those in Atlanta walking the streets with signage, making a statement in an undeniably peaceful manner which was in contrast to what was happening in other major cities across America. 

“It’s a peaceful protest; we’re walking, that’s it,” he said. “Raising awareness to some of the injustices we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK. As a young person, you have to listen to our perspective; our voices need to be heard.

Brown added, “I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all the answers. But I feel like how everybody else is feeling, for sure.”

Another Larry Bird milestone to assert his place among the all-time greats

Another Larry Bird milestone to assert his place among the all-time greats

BOSTON -- The 1986 Boston Celtics are considered one of the greatest teams of all time, having run through the regular season with ease towards a dominant postseason that ended with the team hanging Banner 16.

But weeks before the franchise’s triumphant conclusion to the season, there was another historic milestone.

Larry Bird was named the league’s MVP 34 years ago this week for the third straight season, a feat that only two others - Bill Russell (1961-1963) and Wilt Chamberlain (1966-1968) - had ever done.

It’s significant because it serves as yet another reminder of how historically great Bird was; not only for the Boston Celtics but for the entire league.

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To carve out a spot in history with such an elusive group speaks to Bird’s greatness as a player who at the very least should be in the conversation as one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. 

And what made that season even more special was that during the playoffs, the elite level at which Bird played during the regular season did not waiver or lessen up in the games that mattered the most. 

In the playoffs that year, he averaged 25.9 points (0.1 points less than his season average) while increasing his field goal shooting (51.7 percent in the playoffs, 49.6 in the regular season), assists (9.8, from 8.2) and steals (2.1, from 2.0).

And when the game was on the line, the only thing larger than Bird’s ability to come through in the clutch, was his confidence.

“There’s no doubt I’m in control of what I do out there,” Bird said in an interview in 1986. “I can score any number of points my team wants me to if they give me the ball in the right situations.”

And he did, over and over and over again before finally calling it quits on his Hall of Fame career in 1992. 

Throughout his time in Boston, Bird had a number of stretches of brilliance as a basketball player. 

But the three-year run in which he was the league’s best player, resulting in three consecutive league MVP awards, stands out in a career that was filled with standout moments.