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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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That time Enes Kanter almost made Celtics coach Brad Stevens go viral

That time Enes Kanter almost made Celtics coach Brad Stevens go viral

Enes Kanter loves social media and is a big fan of Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

But Kanter recently discovered something his new boss: Stevens and social media don't mix.

Kanter recently joined the "Celtics Talk Podcast" for an exclusive chat and regaled co-hosts Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg with a great story about Stevens' love for basketball -- and for staying out of the spotlight.

"I've never worked with a guy like Brad. He's amazing, man," Kanter said. "One time, we finished practiced, right? And he's playing 1-on-1 with the ball boys. And I'm like, 'Man, this is crazy. This is the only head coach I've seen trying to play 1-on-1 with the ball boys.'

Kanter, who's extremely active on social media and posts videos of his daily workouts on Twitter and Instagram, naturally wanted to document this important moment. But Stevens wasn't having it.

"He was actually pretty good," Kanter said. "He was blocking shots, making 3-pointers. I've still got the film. I was actually filming him, and he saw me and was like, 'No, no, no.' He didn't want it to go viral. But he was actually really good."

Imagine if Kanter had posted a video of Stevens (who played college basketball at Division III DePauw University, by the way) swatting a Celtics ball boy's shot into the cheap seats? Yeah, that might have gone viral...

The 27-year-old big man honored his coach's wishes and kept the footage under wraps, but maybe Stevens will allow Kanter to show us one day.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

New Celtics big man Enes Kanter sits down with Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Kyle and Chris to discuss Team USA's impact on the Celtics, Jaylen Brown's impressive FIBA performance and whether Kemba Walker will step up and be the leader the C's need.

1:03 - Enes Kanter interview

21:56 - Team USA's seventh-place finish

28:34 - Did the Celtics get all they could out of playing for Team USA?

32:30 - Are the Celtics more likely to give Jaylen Brown an extension after his FIBA performance?

37:15 - Will Kemba Walker be the alpha the Celtics need?

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