Cup of Joe. Forbes values Celtics at 1.7 billion

Good morning! We here at CelticsLife are going to start a new daily week day morning column entitled 'Cup of Joe' (And now we got a fancy new, completely awesome graphic. Thanks EK!) It will feature a few quick-hitters from the previous night; the important stuff, the not so important stuff. The weird, the wild, the in between. A nice, mindless morning column to start your day off with. So pull up a chair, grab your Morning Joe, and find out what happened last night while you were sleeping.

The Celtics are worth, like, a LOT of money

#4 Boston Celtics
Current value: $1.7 billion
Revenue: $173 million
Operating income: $55 million

The Celtics are one of the NBA's most profitable teams since they pay no rent at TD Garden and pull in over $60 million a year in local television revenue, including their equity stake in Comcast SportsNet New England.

According to Forbes, only the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are valued higher than the Boston Celtics. While this is nice, well, at least for Wyc Grousbeck, one has to question how accurate these estimates are. With an ever changing landscape, I'm not sure anyone has any idea how much these teams are really worth.

In case you were wondering, according to this CNN report - Wyc Grousbeck and company paid $360 million for the team back in 2002.

Rookie/Sophomore game changes confirmed, Dunk Contestants might be set

This year's Rising Stars Challenge will feature rooks/sophs from the US playing against rooks/sophs from around the world.
Source: Mark D'Amico

This year's dunk contest will include Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee and possibly Zach Lavine
Source: Alex Kennedy, via Woj

We touched upon the US vs. The World concept a little yesterday; I don't mind the change by any means, just think I'd rather see changes elsewhere. US vs. The World (rookies and sophomores) doesn't really move the needle for me.

Speaking of not moving the needle, little nervous about this crop of dunkers. The NBA really needs to Lavine to deliver; which he absolutely can, but we've seen great dunkers have bad nights. I know the Greak Freak does some truly amazing things on the court, but I don't know how to feel about him as a dunk contestant; Things look too easy for him.

Start your day off with: Kevin Durant being really, really good at basketball

Durant also had a very KD'y cross-over, pull-up, off balance three from the elbow to tie the game up (you can view that here ) before a game winning Russell Westbrook layup. 

Vintage WTHHT: What The Hell Happened To... Dino Radja
Authored by TB727

Today in WTHHT, we remember an international star from Croatia, not as famous as this guy or this guy, but definitely more famous than this guy. You probably remember Dino Radja. Dino was picked in the 2nd round by the Celtics in 1989 with the 40th overall selection (the C's first round pick that year was this clown, who couldn't shine Dino's shoes as a ball player). As you could tell from the above references, the former Yugoslavia (which became Croatia and Serbia) was stockpiled with great basketball talent. In addition to Drazen and Kukoc, Vlade Divac was also from there (amongst other ballers like Zan Tabak and Peja Drobnjak and Zarko Paspalj- those guys all are all real players if you don't remember them). However Dino wouldn't come over until the 1993-94 season.