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Anything is Podable Episode One: Turmoil and tragedy define the 90's for the Celtics

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Anything is Podable Episode One: Turmoil and tragedy define the 90's for the Celtics

Every great skyscraper started as an empty lot, every great piece of music started as a simple note, and every great champion started with a plan.

While the Celtics returned to glory in 2008, the period from their championship in 1986 until the trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett was, at best, tumultuous.

Episode One of “Anything is Podable” examines the darkest era in Celtics history, looking closely at the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, the team’s decision to hire Rick Pitino, and the end of the original Big Three.

“I lived through the Len Bias tragic situation and I was with Len the night before,” said Danny Ainge. “That was a beginning to lots of things that, sort of, spiraled downward from that point on.”

Tragedy struck the organization again, just seven years later, with the passing of star forward Reggie Lewis.

“At that time [Reggie Lewis] was the best player on the Celtics in that series (1992 against the Cavaliers),” said Michael Holley. “And that was with Bird, that was Bird’s last series, McHale was still there, Parish was still there...I remember Lenny Wilkens just throwing his hands up many times on the off-day press conferences saying, ‘we got no answers for him.’”

Times continued to be tough for Boston in the 90's, but the selection of Paul Pierce with the 10th pick in 1998 offered light at the end of the tunnel for fans.

Anything is Podable is a ten-part series diving into the story of the 2008 Celtics and their championship season, with exclusive, never-before-heard interviews with team executives, former players, and media members.

It’s the perfect way for Celtics fans to pass time this offseason and get excited for 2018-19, a season in which the Celtics have as good a chance at raising their 18th championship banner as they’ve had since that magical 2008 season.

Fans can subscribe to the podcast through the link below and check out the other nine episodes for a look at this exclusive series.


True Holley Good Stories: The time Holley drove Belichick to sleep

True Holley Good Stories: The time Holley drove Belichick to sleep

When you've done as much in sports media as Michael Holley has, you're bound to pile up memorable stories.

In this edition of "True Holley Good Stories," Holley recalls one of his first experiences with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Accompanying Belichick on a scouting trip, Holley rode shotgun in the coach's car, discovered his movie and music preferences, all before switching sides and actually getting behind the wheel.

Apparently, Coach Belichick doesn't snore, because it wasn't until Holley glanced to his right that he saw the coach was fast asleep.

BREAKFAST POD: Jaylen and Rozier for Kawhi?

BREAKFAST POD: Jaylen and Rozier for Kawhi?

1:43 - Chris Mannix joined Gary Tanguay and Kyle Draper on Early Edition to discuss if the Celtics could trade up in the draft, and if the Celtics have any chance of acquiring Kawhi Leonard.

6:35 - Phil Perry talks about Albert Breer’s report that the Patriots talked with four teams (Lions, Titans, 49ers, Texans) about trading Rob Gronkowski. We also hear from Holley, Merloni, and DJ Bean about Tom Brady commenting “cuarenta y cinco” in response to an Instagram post about when he’ll retire.

10:34 - Lou Merloni and Chris Gasper debate how important it is for the Red Sox to avoid the Wild Card play-in game and win the AL East over the Yankees.