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Celtics PRIDE podcast: Smart misses All-Defense, the Kemba conundrum, and the coaching search

There are big questions for Boston heading into the offseason.

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On this episode of the The Celtics PRIDE podcast, the guys briefly ponder whether Marcus Smart has lost a step, in light of the news he failed to make the All-Defense Team. Then, they take a deep look at the “Kemba Walker Conundrum” and explore whether team building oriented around small point guards is simply doomed to fail.

Adam shares his small point guard hypothesis and asks Mike and Josh to weigh-in, before revealing what he found when he dug into existing research on this very question. Josh and Mike share their perspectives, understanding of the research, and core basketball beliefs, as the crew ultimately looks at the implications for Adam’s question on Brad Stevens’ upcoming decisions heading into the offseason. Will Stevens move away from Ainge’s affinity for small point guards? And is there really better value to the Celtics in trading Kemba or keeping a potential 20 ppg scorer?

Finally, the PRIDE team briefly reflects on the ongoing coaching search, whether the Celtics’ preferred choice is currently on the bench for a team in the playoffs, and how and when Celtics fans are likely to hear the news about the team’s new coach.

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About Celtics PRIDE Podcast: Co-Hosts Adam Motenko, his identical twin brother Josh Motenko, and their friend Mike Minkoff couldn’t stop talking about the team. Now they supply your need for Boston Celtics content with their regular podcast on CelticsBlog.

They will talk nerdy to you, dissect the players on and off the court, and bicker like only opinionated New Englanders can. It’s like if CelticsBlog made a BasketballJones / Dunc’dOn lovechild.

You will get the coach’s perspective, the capologist’s view, and a healthy dose of advanced and traditional stats that breakdown everything that happened and could happen with the #1 dynasty in the NBA. If you often find yourself reminiscing about the players you grew up watching, or you just need reminders about what “being a Celtic” means to you, this is the podcast for you. This is Celtics PRIDE!

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