• Dr. Justin Quinn

Celtics Lab 72: Talking walls, making Cornbread, and NBA history with Cedric Maxwell


It isn't often that an NBA Finals MVP writes a book detailing a behind-the-scenes view of their career at the highest level of competition in the best basketball league in the world, but Celtics Hall of Fame forward Cedric Maxwell has done as much in his new book "If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Celtics: Stories from the Boston Celtics Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box."


It's rarer still when said Hall of Famer sits down with you for a personal account into that slice of NBA and Celtics history, and on this most recent episode of the Celtics Lab, hosts Cameron Tabatabaie, Alex Goldberg, and Justin Quinn were thus graced for an episode you truly don't want to miss.


Cornbread -- as Maxwell is called -- was the bridge between two eras of title contention in the mid-1970s and 1980s, with scores of tales to tell about the franchise's life cycle while he helped raise Boston back to title town status with the arrival of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and Danny Ainge in the first years of a new decade.

We also talk about some more contemporary issues ranging from the rising stars of the Jays to the confusing fit of the Los Angeles Lakers -- and how in a lot of these situations history is rhyming -- if not repeating itself, to perhaps paraphrase Samuel Clemens.