Neighborhood Rules

An ex-player/coach/ref’s comments on the way the game of basketball should be played.
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May 17, 2020

This ep is even more Coach-Healy-centric than usual. Coach provides an in-depth look at the life of Celtics legend Sam Jones as told in the book Ten Times a Champion by Mark Bodanza. Listen on for some amazing anecdotes that underscore the courage and brotherhood that it took to survive as a professional athlete in a segregated society. 

May 6, 2020

Coach and Tone break down the great NBA Playoff battles of the mid-80's, the rise of the Nasty Boys, the beginning of the Dark Ages, and the rise of Jordan. 

Apr 27, 2020

Buckle up because Coach Healy just unleashed a 30-for-30 in the making. How this week's topic has not been made into a documentary yet is beyond me. Coach spotlights the legions of outstanding players to grace the NBA from historically black colleges. This was a really interesting episode and shed a lot a of light onto an often unsung corner of NBA history. 



Apr 19, 2020

Coach and Tone are back with a Coach Healy specialty: a look back into the annals of NBA history, when the league teetered on brink of failure in the late 70's and was saved by two bright young stars who would define the style and image of their era: Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. 

This is the first installment of a multi-part series, covering 1979-1985. 

Enjoy, and stay safe out there!

Mar 21, 2020

Will a global pandemic stop Coach Healy from attending the entirety of the high school boys basketball state tournament? I think you know the answer. Coach and Tone are here for you in the time of Covid to talk HS boys basketball, and answer your most pressing NBA questions like "why isn't the hoop 12 feet?" "why is there a foul-out rule?" "can we still criticize Marcus Smart even though he has coronavirus?"

Quote of the meanwhile: "Doesn't everyone realize that the dunk is just glorified offensive goaltending?" 

Mar 15, 2020

Coach and Tone got one in just before the Covid-19 business got serious. Instead of discussing the postponement of the NBA season, Coach and Tone break down the hopes of the West teams on the cusp (there are several), and wonder aloud why the Celts don't play more Kanter and more zone against the streaking Rockets. 


Feb 15, 2020

Starting out this All-Star break episode with an all-conference HOT take: Pierce was better than Kobe. 

Also: The Jedi mind tricks of Mike D'antoni, trading to win now, the snubbing of Bradley Beal, and how to make All-Star Weekend great again.

Feb 4, 2020

Coach and Tone overcome technical difficulties and toddler meltdowns to revisit their pre-season predictions as the All-Star Break approaches. The East predictions actually turned out OK! The West on the other hand... 




Feb 1, 2020

Coach gets DEEP as we all mourn the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other passengers in last week's horrible accident. This upload comes late compared to most other tributes, as the takes discussed surely will not match up with your average memorial. Thought-provoking analysis from the Boomer generation, or angry old white guy? You be the judge! 

Jan 7, 2020

Coach and Tone remember recently departed NBA Commissioner David Stern, discuss why the Celts have everything they need to make a deep run this Spring, and who really had the best draft of 2019. 

Enjoy, and foul responsibly!

Dec 17, 2019

Coach and Tone get into it on the road. Mobile edition #2 coming your way! The Celts are off to a better start this year, plus they actually like each other! The last third of the episode is coach talking about his other passion, Massachusetts football. Come on into the weeds with him as he gets into coaching lineages, spread offenses at the high school level, and the absurdity of 8 divisions in the tiny state of MA. 

Nov 6, 2019

Coach breaks down his Western Conference hopefuls and has-beens, and gets into how implementing neighborhood rules would certainly make for a better return to week 2 of the 2019-20 season. Also: Coach and Tone bring back a favorite "All-Star" segment, this time for the "All-Tangle" team. Yes, Marcus Smart is a starter. And yes, Rodman was the MJ of the tangle in his day. 



Oct 26, 2019

Coach and Tone briefly discuss the NBA China debacle, then jump in deep (maybe too deep?) to the Eastern Conference rosters and rank the teams from worst to first. Coming off a seismic shift in player movement during a busy off-season, new-look rosters tell us that despite the Giannis-led Bucks and new-look Sixers, the East is up for grabs!

Oct 1, 2019

Coach breaks down 2019's most exciting book on basketball: Kirk Goldsberry's Sprawlball. We also discuss Team USA's shortcomings, why the international game has superior rules, and why field goals in football should only be 2 points. Happy Fall everyone! Good to be back.

Aug 20, 2019

Coming to the from the road! Coach and Tone discuss what OKC's rebuild says about free agency and the wrongness of the NBA draft. 

Jul 4, 2019

Coach and Tone breakdown the biggest free-agent turnover in modern NBA history, and what changes need to come to accommodate today's bigger, faster, stronger NBA. Happy 4th to all!

Jun 9, 2019

Coach and Tone wax poetic on the finer points of Toronto's decisive game 4 win.  The truth behind KD's injury status comes out.  Kawhi's playoff run is put into perspective. 

Jun 7, 2019

Toronto goes up 2-1! Will Klay and KD return? Should Klay have made All-NBA? Will Boogie ever return to form? Get answers to all this and more in the latest installment of Neighborhood Rules!

May 26, 2019

-Toronto completes the stunning upset of league-best Milwaukee!

-Kawhi's playoffs for the ages.

-NBA Finals Preview.

-Coach makes free-agent decisions for the players: From the heart of course, not the wallet!




May 11, 2019

Coach follows his longtime adage "remain relentlessly positive" in the face of one of the most disappointing Celtics teams in a long time.  

If you're looking for some things to hope for between now and the July 1st start of free agency, you've come to the right place.  

Coach also likens this year's Bucks team to the '77 Blazers, and local favorite Arlington's own Pat Connaughton earns his stripes behind Khris Middleton as a certified Celtics killer!

May 11, 2019

Coach Healy bids farewell to Celtics legend and all-time leading scorer John Havlicek. The 2nd round of the playoffs gets a good talking-to, and Coach finds validation of his ref critiques through author and Tim Donaghy collaborator Michael Levin.  

May 11, 2019

A look back to 3 months ago when the All Star break had just concluded, The Anthony Davis debacle was fresh, and The Celtics faithful were still hopeful for a redemption to a very questionable season so far.  

Apr 13, 2019

Hoo boy.  Coach got a little deep in this one.  If debating hall of fame inductions of players from the 60's-70's is your thing, then scroll right to the 1 hour mark. Lotta gems in this one: 

-Revisiting the original Rules of The Neighborhood. All the greatest hits: remove the foul out rule, eliminate the draft, no timeouts, first team to score 100 wins; all the classic stuff.

-Final Four recap (recorded before the National Championship game)

-A (somewhat) brief history of foul out and player-control rules 1966-present.  

Your favorite long-winded basketball raconteur is back. Get it coach!

Jan 19, 2019

Happy 2019 Everyone. Basketball's beloved bombastic reactionary Coach Healy is back to discuss a variety of NBA topics, including our prove-you-can-do-it-on-the-road Celtics, the unstoppable Kyrie, the 2018 draft class, and how the 2014 Spurs changed basketball forever.  

Thanks for listening!

Nov 12, 2018

And we're back!

Coach and Tone round up the first 12 games of the NBA season, propose a prescription to Celtics' offensive woes, and give first-time youth coaches a quick guide to getting your season (and your team's lay-ups) off on the right foot.  

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