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"We're five-twelths of the way through the season, and it looks like the Celtics aren't winning anything this year." Coach takes us through the ripple effects of signing Kyrie three years ago, and what the Celtics have to do to improve beyond their .500 record this year.
Coach and Tone talk about the available options to help the Celtics with interior scoring and lightening the scoring load for their two young stars, backcourt of the present and future, Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
While the West collectively soars 26 games above .500, the East is stumbling through a Covid-wrecked season 26 games below. Taking us through the latest Celtics win, what to do with their trade exception, and some historically good and bad stats from Brooklyn, Coach and Tone have all the takes.
Coach and Tone have fun with way-too-early post-season predictions. Other topics include the resurgence of the big man admid the sprawlball-era, the Celtics Tatum-less struggles, why the Nets are worse after the Harden trade, and a personal rememberance from Coach Healy on the life of the late, great, Henry Aaron.…
Greetings Sports Fans! Coach is back to break down the Harden trade, visit some Neighborhood Rules origin stories, and discuss some NEW Neighborhood Rules to pitch to Kyrie if/when he starts a new basketball league.
Coach takes us through some shocking free-throw disparities in the NBA season's third week, and coach brings us through a book that should be on everyone's reading list for today's times: "Heritage" by Howard Bryant.
Coach and Tone navigate the first two and half weeks of the NBA season, and it's surrounding events. Happy New Year everyone!
Coach and Tone give final thoughts as we eclipse the dawn of the 2020-21 season. After their off-season AND pre-season debacle, The Celts have a much steeper hill to climb than last year. Coach ALMOST gets through a full episode without any grumpy-old-man comments. Almost.
Coach and Tone rank the new-look teams in the East and West as we stand 3 weeks away from the exciting start of the NBA's 2020-21 season.
Coach and Tone discuss the top of the NBA draft, and the devastating injury news on Klay Thompson. Plus, will Gordon stay or will he go?
Coach and Tone say goodbye to the man who is remembered by 3 different generations as a player, a coach, and broadcaster; the man who in every embodied what it means to be a Celtic: Tommy Heinsohn. Coach also takes us through the dominant Center play that was a part of the Celtics for 4 decades.
Coach and Tone are back for the last episode of the historically long NBA season. The Lakers win, and coach as always takes us through the past present and future of the storied LA franchise, their journey to banner 17 (tying Boston for most titles), and the intriguing backstories of the players involved. Thanks for a great season everyone!…
The Celtics have their backs to the wall, and LA is all but guaranteed to steamroll their way to the finals. Who will they face, Miami, or Boston?
The Clippers' epic collapse. Denver's extraordinary grit. Miami KO's Milwaukee. The Celts have their backs against the wall in the East finals. Coach is here to take us through it all. It's playoffs in the Bubble, volume IV.
Coach breaks down what the Bucks need to do to avoid a devastating 2nd round sweep. Also, why Frank Vogel will have to pack his bags if he can't find the answers to adjust to Houston's small ball lineups. The playoffs rage on and all the hot takes are right here!
Coach and Tone jump around the league's round 2 games, PG showdowns in the West, how the Bucks and Raptors can get their mojo back, and the difficult path the fighting Celtics have to navigate to get out of the East.
Coach and Tone break down the first round of playoff games inside the NBA Bubble.
NBA is back, and so is grumpy old Coach with his opinions on the good bad and ugly of the reboot. To pay tribute to the restart of the MLB, we did a fun segment at the end to give you a look into how scary Coach's memory actually is :)
On the cusp of the NBA Restart from the Bubble in Orlando, Coach takes us from the near-past up to the present through the dominance (and eventual destruction) of The Golden State Warriors.
Coach covers the New Big 3 era of the Heat from 2011-2014, their battles with Dallas and San Antonio, and how the NBA should handle the delicate season restart in the Covid hot-spot of Florida.
Coach takes us through the innerworkings of the epic trade that gave Boston 3 first-ballot Hall of Fame players and lead them to their first championship of the new century.
This is one of my favorite episodes and makes me exceedingly proud to be related to our indefatigable and well-versed cohost. The only way we move on to a just future is if we all do our part, especially the white folks.
Coach and Tone break down the NBA Playoffs through the Spurs and Lakers dominance, and stop just before the dawn of Boston's Big 3 era!
Coach and Tone are back with a continuation of the great Playoff Review, this time wrapping up discussion of the much-anticipated Last Dance documentary with a historical breakdown of each playoff series through what Coach refers to as "The Dark Ages" of the NBA.
Coach and Tone finish the mini-series on Sam Jones, the unsung hero alongside Bill Russell on one of the most prominent dynasties American sports has ever known.
This ep is even more Coach-Healy-centric than usual. Coach provides an in-depth look at the life of Celtics legend Sam Jones as told in the book Ten Times a Champion by Mark Bodanza. Listen on for some amazing anecdotes that underscore the courage and brotherhood that it took to survive as a professional athlete in a segregated society.…
Coach and Tone break down the great NBA Playoff battles of the mid-80's, the rise of the Nasty Boys, the beginning of the Dark Ages, and the rise of Jordan.
Buckle up because Coach Healy just unleashed a 30-for-30 in the making. How this week's topic has not been made into a documentary yet is beyond me. Coach spotlights the legions of outstanding players to grace the NBA from historically black colleges. This was a really interesting episode and shed a lot a of light onto an often unsung corner of NBA…
Coach and Tone are back with a Coach Healy specialty: a look back into the annals of NBA history, when the league teetered on brink of failure in the late 70's and was saved by two bright young stars who would define the style and image of their era: Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This is the first installment of a multi-part series, covering 1979-1…
Will a global pandemic stop Coach Healy from attending the entirety of the high school boys basketball state tournament? I think you know the answer. Coach and Tone are here for you in the time of Covid to talk HS boys basketball, and answer your most pressing NBA questions like "why isn't the hoop 12 feet?" "why is there a foul-out rule?" "can we …
Coach and Tone got one in just before the Covid-19 business got serious. Instead of discussing the postponement of the NBA season, Coach and Tone break down the hopes of the West teams on the cusp (there are several), and wonder aloud why the Celts don't play more Kanter and more zone against the streaking Rockets.…
Coach and Tone get into it on the road. Mobile edition #2 coming your way! The Celts are off to a better start this year, plus they actually like each other! The last third of the episode is coach talking about his other passion, Massachusetts football. Come on into the weeds with him as he gets into coaching lineages, spread offenses at the high s…
Coach breaks down his Western Conference hopefuls and has-beens, and gets into how implementing neighborhood rules would certainly make for a better return to week 2 of the 2019-20 season. Also: Coach and Tone bring back a favorite "All-Star" segment, this time for the "All-Tangle" team. Yes, Marcus Smart is a starter. And yes, Rodman was the MJ of…
Coach and Tone briefly discuss the NBA China debacle, then jump in deep (maybe too deep?) to the Eastern Conference rosters and rank the teams from worst to first. Coming off a seismic shift in player movement during a busy off-season, new-look rosters tell us that despite the Giannis-led Bucks and new-look Sixers, the East is up for grabs!…
Coach breaks down 2019's most exciting book on basketball: Kirk Goldsberry's Sprawlball. We also discuss Team USA's shortcomings, why the international game has superior rules, and why field goals in football should only be 2 points. Happy Fall everyone! Good to be back.
Coming to the from the road! Coach and Tone discuss what OKC's rebuild says about free agency and the wrongness of the NBA draft.
Coach and Tone breakdown the biggest free-agent turnover in modern NBA history, and what changes need to come to accommodate today's bigger, faster, stronger NBA. Happy 4th to all!
Coach and Tone wax poetic on the finer points of Toronto's decisive game 4 win. The truth behind KD's injury status comes out. Kawhi's playoff run is put into perspective.
Toronto goes up 2-1! Will Klay and KD return? Should Klay have made All-NBA? Will Boogie ever return to form? Get answers to all this and more in the latest installment of Neighborhood Rules!
-Toronto completes the stunning upset of league-best Milwaukee! -Kawhi's playoffs for the ages. -NBA Finals Preview. -Coach makes free-agent decisions for the players: From the heart of course, not the wallet!
Coach follows his longtime adage "remain relentlessly positive" in the face of one of the most disappointing Celtics teams in a long time. If you're looking for some things to hope for between now and the July 1st start of free agency, you've come to the right place. Coach also likens this year's Bucks team to the '77 Blazers, and local favorite Ar…
Coach Healy bids farewell to Celtics legend and all-time leading scorer John Havlicek. The 2nd round of the playoffs gets a good talking-to, and Coach finds validation of his ref critiques through author and Tim Donaghy collaborator Michael Levin.
A look back to 3 months ago when the All Star break had just concluded, The Anthony Davis debacle was fresh, and The Celtics faithful were still hopeful for a redemption to a very questionable season so far.
Hoo boy. Coach got a little deep in this one. If debating hall of fame inductions of players from the 60's-70's is your thing, then scroll right to the 1 hour mark. Lotta gems in this one: -Revisiting the original Rules of The Neighborhood. All the greatest hits: remove the foul out rule, eliminate the draft, no timeouts, first team to score 100 wi…
Happy 2019 Everyone. Basketball's beloved bombastic reactionary Coach Healy is back to discuss a variety of NBA topics, including our prove-you-can-do-it-on-the-road Celtics, the unstoppable Kyrie, the 2018 draft class, and how the 2014 Spurs changed basketball forever. Thanks for listening!
And we're back! Coach and Tone round up the first 12 games of the NBA season, propose a prescription to Celtics' offensive woes, and give first-time youth coaches a quick guide to getting your season (and your team's lay-ups) off on the right foot.