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The Boston Celtics might have fallen at the final hurdle in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, but they’re still in a position to be contenders for the foreseeable future.

Since the off-season began, Brad Stevens has added both Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari to the rotation, providing the Celtics with additional depth, size, scoring, and in Brogdon’s case, perimeter defense.

Suddenly, Boston looks a far scarier proposition than they did last season, and that’s enough to get any team looking over their shoulder.

During an August 4 interview with NBC Sports Boston, budding superstar Jayson Tatum took a moment to send a strong message to the rest of the NBA, declaring his team capable of returning to the NBA Finals, and winning the elusive 18th championship.

.@jaytatum0 believes the Celtics ready to win it all this season after their big offseason ???? pic.twitter.com/NFe1YdL39T

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 4, 2022

“What kind of competitor would I be if I said no (to Boston’s ability to win a championship)? I always believe in myself and believe in my teammates. Obviously, we were close, got to game six, and didn’t make it happen. So, this off-season, everything is about getting back to that point and getting over the hump. We’ve added two great pieces, that I feel make us a lot better, and compliments our team really well,” Tatum said when asked if he believed the Celtics could win a championship next season.

Tatum was elite last season, making the 2022 All-Star team, and being voted into the All-NBA first team, while also averaging 26.9 points, eight rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game during the regular season and seeing those averages stand tall in the post-season, with the St. Louis native dropping 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists on his way to the NBA finals.

Tatum Throws Support Behind Jaylen Brown

Since the pairing of Tatum and Brown were crowned as the future of the Celtics, there have been questions about their ability to play alongside one another, and more importantly, whether or not they can be good enough to bring a championship to Boston.

Of course, those questions were essentially answered this past season, as both Brown and Tatum proved capable of raising their performance level in the biggest games of their career.

"Despite people who said we couldn't play together, we always believed we could."@jaytatum0 talked about his relationship with Jaylen Brown & their legacy pic.twitter.com/TCpfHTQsgd

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 4, 2022

“We just try to stay in the moment. It’s not necessarily about what our legacy would look like if we did this, that, and the third. Just trying to be the best versions of ourselves, the best players that we can be, and compete at the highest level. I think we really took those next steps last season. And we’ll be the first to tell you that we got more to do. More to accomplish. And we’re eager to do so… Despite all the people that said that we couldn’t play together, we always believed that we could,” Tatum said during an Interview with NBC Sports Boston on August 4. 

Since last season ended, Brown has seen his name floated around in trade rumors regarding a potential deal for Kevin Durant, but judging by Tatum’s words, the duo still believe they can finish what they started when they were both drafted by the Celtics.

Tatum Could Potentially Earn Mind-Boggling Contract

Beyond winning a championship, and proving himself as one of the NBA’s premier talents, Jayson Tatum will have another goal to try and reach next season – making a repeat appearance on an All-NBA team. No, Tatum shouldn’t be targeting All-NBA for the sake of his resume, but rather, because it will ensure his eligibility for a supermax contract – a deal that could keep him in Boston throughout his entire prime.

REPORT: If Jayson Tatum makes the 2023 All-NBA team he would become eligible to sign a 5-year, $298M supermax extension during the 2024 offseason.

(via @BobbyMarks42, https://t.co/kdrPmKXns3) pic.twitter.com/EdwTP5L33b

— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) August 3, 2022

“The Celtics, Jayson Tatum earned All-NBA honors in 2021-22 and will become supermax eligible if he earns All-NBA once again in 2022-23. However, Tatum would have to wait until the 2024 offseason to sign a five-year, $298 million extension. He is ineligible next offseason because he is one year short of the years of service criteria,” ESPN analyst Bobby Marks wrote on August 4.

Of course, Tatum will need to manage his own personal agenda with that of the team, and ensure that he’s producing the right type of performance to appease all of the lofty expectations on his shoulders. But, considering the developmental jump the 24-year-old forward took this season, it’s not hard to envision him doing it all next season.

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Packers lineman popped with hefty suspension for PEDs

Green Bay Packers lineman Sean Rhyan is surely facing the consequences for his PED use, getting a hefty suspension as a result.

Green Bay Packers rookie lineman Sean Rhyan has been suspended for the rest of the regular NFL season for using PEDs.

Luckily, the Packers won’t be impacted too much as Rhyan played just one snap this season, but it’s certainly not a good look for any team when any player gets caught using PEDs.

Rhyan, a third-round pick, showed potential to be a great player through his performance at UCLA. He was a starter and garnered Freshman All-American honors and first-team All-Pac-12 recognition.

NFL statement: “Sean Rhyan of the Green Bay Packers has been suspended without pay for the next six games for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.”

— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 25, 2022

According to his UCLA profile, in 2021, he “helped pave the way for the Bruins to average over 200 yards per game on the ground for the second straight season (215.1) and produce a 1,000-yard rusher in Zach Charbonnet (1,137), the first time since 1987-86-85 seasons that UCLA has achieved consecutive 200-plus yard rushing seasons.”

However, he’s hurting his reputation before it could even begin in the NFL. Many had faith in his potential upon his draft, including Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Gutekunst shared the night Rhyan was drafted, “He’s a true third-year junior, so a lot of experience for a young player. We think his best football should be ahead of him.”

He cut any chances, however, of proving that this regular season. However, if the Packers happen to make it to the playoffs, he’d be eligible to play because his suspension is only six games.

Sean Rhyan could play this season if the Packers reach the playoffs

Green Bay doesn’t seem overly likely to reach the playoffs this season. While it’s not out of the realm of possibility as they’re tied with the Detroit Lions for second in the NFC North standings with a 4-7 record, they’d have to start pulling a lot more wins in this final stretch of the season.

They’re not favored to win Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the best teams in the league this season. They face some other difficult teams in the final stretch, such as the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. They’ll end the season against the Lions, which could be a difficult matchup as well.

If the season ended now, the Packers wouldn’t be in the playoffs. If they do happen to make it between now and the end of the season, Rhyan could play, but it’s not guaranteed. Regardless, he has to face the consequences of his own actions head-first and miss the rest of the regular season.

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