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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Marcus Morris on being a mentor to Jayson Tatum

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Marcus Morris on being a mentor to Jayson Tatum

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely get you caught up on the latest with the Celtics. Marcus Morris joins Kyle to talk about a wide range of topics. Here's the complete rundown:

(1:40) Celtics have done well vs the best in the West

(4:00) Kyrie Irving's knee - should we be more concerned?

(10:25) Jaylen Brown has been impressive since the All-Star break. Sherrod says he strives to be great. We then talk about whether Jayson Tatum has that same mindset early on in his career

(15:15) Al Horford needs to play well vs Minnesota

(19:20) Marcus Morris interview on the bench, relationship with his twin brother Markieff, mentoring Jayson Tatum, and being the best dressed on the team.

(32:20) Looking at the playoff picture

Get to know the newest Celtic, Walt Lemon Jr.

Get to know the newest Celtic, Walt Lemon Jr.

BOSTON – Walter Lemon Jr. has agreed to a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, becoming the third player ever with such a designation for the Celtics.

He played four years at Bradley before taking his game overseas to play in Hungary, Istanbul, Greece, Germany and later returning to the United States to play for the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the Gatorade League.

But what do we really know about the newest member of the Celtics family?

Here’s a look at five facts about Lemon who, as a player with a two-way contract, will spend up to 45 days with the Celtics while the rest of his time will be spent with Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws:

*Despite being 6-foot-3, Lemon Jr. is comfortable playing above the rim. That’s evident by him competing in Slam Dunk contests both in college (2014 and 2015) and in the G-League (2016).

*Finished his career at Bradley ranked among the school’s top-10 in scoring, assists, and steals.

*Best scoring game in the G-League last season was a 40-point outburst against the Maine Red Claws, the team he will be playing with most of this upcoming season.

*Became the first player in school history to be named the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014.

*On July 26 he will turn 26 years old.

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Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

The Celtics' preseason schedule has not yet been released, but the Charlotte Hornets announced a matchup with Boston in late September. 

The game will be held on The University of North Carolina's campus in the Dean E. Smith Center on September 28th. 

Boston played Charlotte twice in last year's preseason, where the Celtics won both games. 

It is not clear whether this game will be Boston's first chance to play with a fully healthy roster for the first time in nearly a year, but we are at least 74 days away from Celtics basketball again.

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