Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Like former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, Tremont Waters is here to prove the skeptics wrong.

Boston selected the LSU guard in the second round with the 51st pick, but Waters believes he's as talented as the first rounders, he said at Monday's introductory press conference. He also mentioned another second round pick to play to the Boston crowd: Isaiah Thomas. 

"(Thomas) was a smaller guard that came into the league with probably a lot of doubters. And he just showed that as long as he remains himself and plays basketball and has the heart he had, it's going to take care of itself." 

Later in the day, Waters told Amanda Pflugrad of Celtics.com that Thomas is one of his role models. At 5-foot-11, Waters has some height on Thomas, but is still undersized compared to NBA point guards. 

Thomas then responded by offering to talk with Waters, saying "short guys gotta stick together."

In two seasons at LSU, Waters averaged 15.6 points per game. Last year, he was an SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-SEC First Team member and Bob Cousy Award Finalist. He led the conference in both assists and steals per game.

Depending on whether or not the Celtics bring back Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker, Waters will have to dazzle in summer league for even a chance to compete for a position in Boston's crowded backcourt. The Celtics also drafted guards Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards ahead of Waters. 

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Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Over the last few days, we've seen several notable athletes take to the streets to protest George Floyd's murder and the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown led the charge on Saturday, driving 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to organize a peaceful protest with fellow NBAer Malcolm Brogdon.

Brown's Celtics teammates Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier followed suit on Sunday with a peaceful protest in Boston, showing the tremendous impact athletes can have on their communities when they let their voices be heard.

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Monday on Early Edition, former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins discussed how Brown and other athletes affect social change when they decide to speak up.

"We just gotta continue to use our voices. We can't change racism overnight, but we can change the system, and our voices need to be heard. It don't matter what race you come from. It's just speak what's right, and stand on what you believe in. It's leading by example.

"When you look at even a guy like Stephen Jackson who I think set the bar, and then all of a sudden Jaylen Brown who's a younger guy in this league says, 'Oh, if Stephen Jackson is out here, a retired player, and he's standing on the frontline, then let me do it. And then all of a sudden, guess what, Jaylen Brown, he influenced Enes Kanter. It's a chain reaction, so whether you're a veteran or a young guy, that don't matter. It's just about taking a stand and taking a trend."

As Perkins notes, when one player finds the courage to speak up, it starts a chain reaction. Some may hesitate to use their voice in fear of the backlash they may receive, but now more than ever it's important to put that fear aside and stand up for what's right.

There's no doubt Brown's admirable actions influenced other athletes and public figures to take a stand, and that's something we should start to see more of in our society.

You can watch the full interview with Perkins below:

Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death


Brad Stevens breaks Twitter silence to endorse need for change after George Floyd's death

Brad Stevens isn't very active on Twitter. In fact, his last tweet before Monday came during March Madness in 2017 when his former team, Butler University, was making its NCAA Tournament run.

Stevens broke his three-year Twitter silence Monday morning with two tweets, both of which stressed the importance of making real change to combat racial injustice in America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

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The first tweet from Stevens was his support of the NBA Coaches Association's statement on Floyd's death.

The second tweet was a message from Stevens regarding former President Barack Obama's article that he wrote for Medium titled, "How to Make This Moment The Turning Point For Real Change.” 

Boston Celtics players have taken an active role over the last week in calling for change and engaging in peaceful protests.

Celtics guard and Georgia native Jaylen Brown made the long drive from Boston to Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest Saturday. Celtics centers Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier, and guard Marcus Smart also joined protesters in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics released their own statement Sunday, which included the following passage: "We stand with our players, employees, partners, and fans in being committed to championing the change we need.”