With the Celtics holding the 19th pick in Thursday's NBA draft, we decided to take a look at No. 19 picks over the past 25 years. It isn't an impressive list, unless you are OK with the likes of Hakim Warrick, Jamaal Magloire and Rod Strickland. Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph did put things together this past season, nine years after he was taken 19th by the Trail Blazers. No. 19 picks who have played for the Celtics include Acie Earl, Dee Brown, Walter McCarty and Scot Pollard.

Doc Rivers strikes me as a low-maintenance guy.



Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to talk about the Celtics and all things NBA. He touched on the possibility of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics, the NBA draft, and coaching changes around the association.


John Wall and Evan Turner are holding steady at 1-2 in the latest edition of WEEI.com's NBA mock draft, but there have been some changes in the middle of the round, which is as unpredictable as any in recent memory. With Nevada forward Luke Babbitt's stock rising, look for the Celtics instead to turn to Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson with the 19th pick. Read the complete mock draft at the Green Street blog.

The Celtics season ended less than a week ago, and the rumor mill has been buzzing with talks of free agency, retirement, and who will be on the sidelines next fall.



Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his final weekly visit of the 2009-10 season. Rivers said he has not decided whether or not he will return to the Celtics next season. "I'm not going to say which way I'm leaning — and I am one way — but I could look you in the eye and tell you I haven't decided," he said.


The summer of 2010 promises a free agency frenzy the likes of which we have never seen in the NBA.



Just two months ago, the question for Danny Ainge was how would he tear down and try to rebuild with a roster full of aging veterans with big-money contracts and no salary cap space to work with. Now the question is whether he can keep the team together and continue this run. 



According to SI.com's Ian Thomsen, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is "preparing himself" for the possibility of not returning next season, but may not be the only one. According to Thomsen, team president Danny Ainge could be an option to fill the void left by Steve Kerr as GM of the Phoenix Suns. Ainge, in addition to playing for and coaching the Suns, lived in Arizona with his family before he took the front office job with the Celtics in 2003. 

Game 7 of the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals Thursday night on ABC drew an 18.2 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game since a 1998 finals contest between the Bulls and Jazz.


It was ABC's highest NBA overnight rating ever, surpassing Lakers-Pistons Game 5 in 2005, which recorded a 15.5.


Game 7 was the highest-rated show of the night for all of television, as was the case for the previous six games. The game peaked with a 23.7 rating in the closing final minutes, from 11:45 p.m. to midnight.