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Celtics' official Las Vegas summer league roster includes all four 2019 draft picks

Celtics' official Las Vegas summer league roster includes all four 2019 draft picks

The Boston Celtics begin Summer League action in Las Vegas on Saturday, and their official roster for the tournament was released Monday.

A total of 13 players and all four of Boston's 2019 draft picks -- first-rounders Romeo Langford and Grant Williams, as well as second-rounders Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters  -- will be participating.

Robert Williams, who the C's drafted in the first round in 2018, also will be among the headliners. But perhaps the most anticipated Celtics debut at summer league will be the arrival of 7-foot-7 center Tacko Fall, who spent the last four seasons at the University of Central Florida and went undrafted last month. He reportedly will join the Celtics on an Exhibit 10 contract.

Here's the schedule for the Celtics' summer league games in Las Vegas. You can watch all four summer league games on NBC Sports Boston or stream them on the MyTeams App.

July 6 vs. 76ers, 5:30 p.m. ET
July 8 vs. Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m.
July 9 vs. Nuggets, 8 p.m.
July 11 vs. Grizzlies, 10:30 p.m.

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Celtics apparently brought awesome NBA title inspiration to practice

Celtics apparently brought awesome NBA title inspiration to practice

The Boston Celtics quite literally had their eyes on the prize Monday, it appears.

Celtics big man Vincent Poirier shared a video on his Instagram story Monday that appeared to show Boston's 2008 NBA championship trophy at the Auerbach Center.

How's that for some inspiration?

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The Celtics haven't won an NBA title since Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the 2007-08 C's captured the team's 17th championship.

Many believe Boston can compete for a title during the NBA's restarted season in Orlando, however. Kemba Walker has had several months to rest his injured knee, while Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart give the Celtics impressive depth at both ends of the floor.

The C's were the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference when the 2019-20 season halted in mid-March, but it many ways all bets are off entering an unprecedented playoff format that will be played in a neutral location without fans.

NBA teams are set to travel to Orlando this week to begin ramping up for the "seeding round" in late July. The Celtics' entire team is on board at the moment, and now the squad has some extra motivation as it gets set to enter the bubble.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown 'disappointed' in NBA's jersey message options

Celtics' Jaylen Brown 'disappointed' in NBA's jersey message options

Jaylen Brown believes the NBA can go further in its plan to give players a voice in Orlando.

The NBA and the NBA Players Association reportedly agreed to a list of messages promoting social justice that players can wear on the back of their jerseys during the restarted 2019-20 season.

While Brown is appreciative of the league taking that step, the Boston Celtics wing is less pleased about choosing a message from a list he believes is "limiting."

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"I would like to see -- because I think it can still happen -- more options available to put on the back of our jerseys," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters. "We understand anything vulgar our league doesn't necessarily represent, but for histories and causes such as now, I think that that list is an example of a form of limitation. I think we should be able to express our struggle just a little bit more.

" ... I was very disappointed in the list that was agreed to. I think things were tried and attempts were made to add to that list, but the NBA agreed that that list was satisfactory. Hopefully we can get some more names on that list."

The list reportedly has 29 messages total, including slogans such as, "Black Lives Matter," "Justice Now" and "I Can't Breathe."

But Brown, who has spoken out against racial inequality in America and led a protest in Atlanta last month following the death of George Floyd, has some additional messages in mind.

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"Maybe 'Break the Cycle,' 'Results' -- that's what everybody is really playing for -- 'Inequality by Design,' " Brown said, "things like that I think may have a deeper impact than some of the things that were given to us. I think it was a little bit limiting."

The 23-year-old admitted he and his Celtics teammates were hesitant to join the NBA restart due to concerns about the coronavirus and their calls for racial justice being lost. Yet Brown still believes the NBA bubble can provide a platform for him and other NBA players to get their messages across.

"We have to go down there and make sure that people don’t forget about George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or Philando Castile or Ahmaud Arbery or Trayvon Martin, which was in the Orlando area," Brown said. "And the list goes on."