Duke guard Brandon Ingram (14) is considered one of the top prizes in the NBA draft. (Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports)Break out those good luck charms and invite your best friends over for a party.



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Get ready for an ice-cream headache. 

Courtesy the brains in the Celtics’ front office, all 156 lottery combinations have been revealed on Celtics.com. 

Mar 12, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) dunks the ball in the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Texas A&M Aggies won 71-38. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) is considered by many the top prize in the NBA Draft. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports)

Get ready for an ice-cream headache. 

Courtesy the brains in the Celtics’ front office, all 156 lottery combinations have been revealed on Celtics.com. 

Assistant general manager and team counsel Mike Zarren, with the help of director of basketball analytics David Sparks have released all possible combinations that, if they come up on Tuesday night in New York City, will give the Celtics the top overall pick. 

To keep it as simple as possible, there are 14 teams in the lottery. There are 14 ping pong balls. The process is as follows: Each team is assigned to a particular numbered ball. That process is repeated two more times. Then after the third draw of balls, the order of the lottery is determined by the 11 remained teams in reverse order of overall record finish this past season.

The four steps in this process is called a “four-ball” lottery method. In four-ball lottery, there are 1,001 possible combinations. The NBA has eliminated one of the combos by assigning no team to it, thereby drawing it down to an even 1,000. The Celtics have been assigned 156 possible combinations, giving them a 15.6 percent chance of “winning the lottery” and getting the No. 1 overall pick. 

This is the third-best chance, as the Nets finished with the third-worst record in the NBA. The Sixers, who finished with the worst record (10-72) have been assigned 250 combinations and own the best chance at 25 percent. The Lakers own 199 combinations or a 19.9 percent chance. That covers the first three picks. 

Thanks to Sparks, who did the math, the Celtics can count on a 15.7 percent chance to capture the second pick and a 15.6 percent chance of winning the third pick. Put them together and the Celtics have a 46.9 percent chance of landing in the top three spots. But the bigger number might be 31.3 percent.

Those are the odds that the Celtics wind up with one of the top two picks, ensuring them the chance to draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. They are considered the elite two picks of the draft, even ahead of the likes of Dragan Bender, Jamaal Murray, Jaylen Brown or Buddy Hield. 

The Celtics also own their own pick (No. 23) and Dallas’ picks (No. 16) in the first round.

The odds for the first three picks of the 2016 draft. (Boston Celtics)

The odds for the first three picks of the 2016 draft. (Boston Celtics)

Every possible combination for the 14 lottery teams. (Boston Celtics)

Every possible combination for the 14 lottery teams. (Boston Celtics)

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Mike Petraglia

Now we know where the Celtics will have to travel to see at least one of the blue chip prospects in the upcoming draft.

Jan 26, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge looks on prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 26, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge looks on prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Now we know where the Celtics will have to travel to see at least one of the blue chip prospects in the upcoming draft.

The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy reported Friday afternoon that the team will head to Los Angeles to watch Duke sharpshooter Brandon Ingram. Murphy reports that if the Celtics nab either the No. 1 or 2 spots in the draft in Tuesday’s lottery, that could change.

If they don’t, it’s likely that Ingram’s handlers would prefer the Celtics make the trip out west to his hometown to watch him work out. Ingram and LSU’s Ben Simmons are considered the consensus top two picks in the upcoming draft. 

Several leading prospects for the June 23 draft are in Chicago this week for the NBA draft combine to work out for various teams. In a surprise to absolutely no one, neither Ingram nor Simmons chose to work out as their stock is already high. 

The Celtics are represented there by president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens.

Ainge had indicated last week that he wasn’t sure whether the team would have to travel to see some of the top prospects or whether they would come to them. He hinted that could depend on where the Celtics land in the lottery.

According to Murphy, the Celtics will also be back in Waltham next Wednesday to workout two prospects with local ties, including Maryland guard Jake Layman from Wrentham and North Carolina State forward Malik Abu from Boston.

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Mike Petraglia

It'll be up to (from left) Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck to return the Celtics to glory.</p>
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The Celtics are joining the move to Boston Landing. 

The team, in conjunction with New Balance, announced Tuesday their plans to move their practice and training facility from Waltham to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, with a state-of-the-art complex opening in the Spring of 2018. 

The Celtics announce plans for a new practice facility at Boston Landing. (Image: Boston Celtics)

The Celtics announce plans for a new practice facility at Boston Landing. (Image: Boston Celtics)

The Celtics are joining the move to Boston Landing. 

The team, in conjunction with New Balance, announced Tuesday their plans to move their practice and training facility from Waltham to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, with a state-of-the-art complex opening in the Spring of 2018. 

The Bruins will be literally right down the street and both Celtics and Bruins practice facilities will be in walking distance from WEEI and New Balance headquarters.

 

”We are proud to team with New Balance Development in the creation of a best-in-class athletic training and practice facility that will provide Celtics players, coaches, and training staff with the resources, technology, and programming to compete at the highest level in an increasingly competitive NBA landscape,” said Rich Gotham, President of the Boston Celtics, in a statement. “The Boston Landing location will bring us closer to our game day home at the TD Garden while providing high impact brand visibility.”

The Celtics practice facility will be the latest dramatic element at Boston Landing — at 55 feet in the air cantilevered out to the edge of the Mass Pike. The Celtics new practice home, including the team’s 17 NBA championship banners, will be highly visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike with a forty foot glass wall enclosing the practice courts that face the approximately 130,000 daily commuters. The practice facility will encompass approximately 70,000 square feet. 

“We are thrilled to welcome the Boston Celtics to Boston Landing,” Jim Halliday, Managing Director for NB Development Group LLC. “Adding another iconic brand like the Boston Celtics to Boston Landing at Allston-Brighton along the Mass Pike further advances the concept of Boston Landing serving as the gateway into the City of Boston from the west, while at the same time adding to the culture of health, wellness, and movement with this district.”

Features of the comprehensive practice facility will include:

  • Two state-of-the-art parquet floor basketball courts where the team will practice
  • Leading edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility
  • Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities
  • Best-in-class locker rooms and players’ lounge
  • Physical therapy areas including hydrotherapy pools
  • Sports science and nutrition facilities
  • Expanded media work room, press conference and broadcast facilities
  • A flexible hospitality area for guests and hosting community relations activities
  • Work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs

Construction at 40 Guest Street is expected to begin this Fall, with completion for the Spring of 2018. Elkus Manfredi Architects will handle the design and John Moriarty & Associates will handle the construction. Participating brokers from Transwestern/RBJ included Steve Purpura and Chris McCauley representing NB Development Group and Michael Joyce and Tom Ashe representing the Boston Celtics.

The team’s current practice facility at Healthpoint in Waltham has served as the Celtics practice home since 1999.

Boston Landing is a 15-acre mixed-use development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston that includes the new world headquarters of New Balance Athletics, Inc. and the Bruins practice facility. A commuter rail station will be completed on the Framingham-Worcester line during Spring of 2017. In addition, the development includes additional office buildings, retail and restaurant space, a hotel and a sports complex.

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Mike Petraglia
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

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[0:05:31] ... Antonio great series. And you look at okay one series he had LeBron James moving on and in the other series he Kevin Durant scored 41 points is it that simple that. You have to get the next LeBron James the next Kevin Durant to get that championship level or. It can it be done and it's hard to do an MBA ...
[0:09:44] ... from talking to your players or other players. What's most important to MBA players were not gonna make money on the money's going to be great hit anywhere but what what's most important to him in ...
[0:14:06] ... welcome at this address talks a basketball make sure your coach up Isiah Thomas. At the lotteries sold at a figure options at an options increase. Yeah they go thank god I've really appreciate it over ...






Celtics coach Brad Stevens joined Dale & Holley Monday to discuss the current NBA landscape and the future of the team.