It now has been two weeks since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus, and the league suspended its season indefinitely.
Those two weeks have felt like months, and there's no doubt the absence of the NBA -- and sports as a whole -- has been rough. So in the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Chris Forsberg, Abby Chin, and A. Sherrod Blakely look at the bright side.
The crew discussed their favorite moments from C's players in quarantine, and as well as which Celtics Classic games they are looking forward to watching the most on NBC Sports Boston.
Grant Williams. I loved that because it came early on in this process when we're still kind of adjusting to being in this whole self-quarantine mode. And the fact that he was so spot-on. I mean, Gordon Hayward as grandma? Yeah, I can see that. Jayson Tatum as Lola Bunny? Absolutely. And Marcus Smart as Tazmanian Devil is spot-on.
To hear more about how the Celtics and the rest of the NBA world are holding up during these trying times, check out this week's episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.
Boston Celtics fans were ecstatic last summer to find out Kemba Walker would be their new starting point guard, and the feeling was mutual.
After Walker agreed to join the C's on a four-year, $141 million max deal, he couldn't help but tell the world. Walker's sister, Sharifa Nesbitt, described Kemba's excitement upon joining the Celtics in an excellent feature written by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.
When Walker and his sister returned to Charlotte on June 27, his decision had been all but made. A man at the airport asked if he was going to re-sign with the Hornets, and Walker told him that he was going to become a Celtic, breaking the news himself in a busy terminal.
'He was telling whoever would ask,” Sharifa said with a chuckle. 'He was just happy.'
It's been all smiles for Walker on the court during the 2019-20 season as well. The 29-year-old has quickly become the heart and soul of the C's and has drastically improved the team's chemistry after last year's tumultuous campaign.
After what Walker went through with the Charlotte Hornets, it's no surprise he was so thrilled to join a perennial contender like Boston. Charlotte only had two winning seasons since drafting Walker in 2011.
Walker is averaging 20.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds through 50 games played this season, and he'll be a huge factor in the Celtics' success if and when the NBA season finally resumes.