Danny Ainge remains optimistic Kyrie Irving will stick around

Danny Ainge remains optimistic Kyrie Irving will stick around

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear at training camp on Wednesday that he isn’t concerned about Kyrie Irving’s impending free agency.  Instead, he’s looking forward to simply seeing his All-Star point guard return to form this season. Irving was a key catalyst for the Celtics’ successful 55-27 regular season record last year — which led to home court advantage throughout the playoffs. However, Ainge took the time to remind the media at the Auerbach Center of…

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Celtics training camp notes: Hayward's rare dunk, the BWA bench crew, and Kyrie remains clutch

Celtics training camp notes: Hayward's rare dunk, the BWA bench crew, and Kyrie remains clutch

There were plenty of takeaways from the first day of Celtics training camp. The Celtics christened the brand new Auerbach Center practice facility with their first set of two-a-days on Tuesday, here are four things we learned: 1. Gordon Hayward’s left-foot dunk Hearing Hayward didn’t think twice when he dunked off his left foot during scrimmage was an encouraging sign. Head coach Brad Stevens thought it was such a significant moment for Hayward and the Celtics that he stopped play…

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Time to kiss rumors about Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler teaming up next season goodbye –– at least for now

Time to kiss rumors about Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler teaming up next season goodbye –– at least for now

It looks like we wasted lots of oxygen this summer discussing the possibility of Kyrie Irving leaving Boston to team up with Jimmy Butler.  The All-Star forward is reportedly lobbying the Timberwolves to trade him before the start of the season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Butler’s preferred landing spots are the Clippers and Knicks, but now the New York Times’ Marc Stein says Butler wants to head to the Heat.  “The Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of…

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Watch: Kyrie Irving drills 3-pointer to finish off Celtics' first practice

Watch: Kyrie Irving drills 3-pointer to finish off Celtics' first practice

Day 1 of Celtics training camp ended in dramatic fashion at the Auerbach Center.  Kyrie Irving drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left for Team White — which handed the starting unit the 30-29 win over the reserves.  Click the video below to see Irving’s dagger.  Uncle Drew with the dagger #KyrieIrving pic.twitter.com/5eHdBoIhCW — Josue (@Joe_Sway) September 25, 2018 The Celtics also formally announced their training camp roster, adding three rookies: Justin Bibbs, Nick King and Jeff Roberson. Both…

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Marcus Smart still reeling from death of mom, looks to basketball court for peace

Marcus Smart still reeling from death of mom, looks to basketball court for peace

For Marcus Smart, basketball has always been his sanctuary. It’s where he finds peace, especially during life’s most challenging times. Smart is currently going through one of those times. Reeling from the devastating loss of his mother, Camellia Smart, who died of bone marrow cancer last week, Smart reflected on what basketball means to him during these grief-stricken days and how thankful he is for the outpouring of support he’s received from his teammates and the Celtics organization. “The last…

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Kyrie Irving doesn't sound like he plans on going anywhere, happy in Boston

Kyrie Irving doesn't sound like he plans on going anywhere, happy in Boston

It’s time to put an end to the “Kyrie Irving is going to leave next summer” talk. The soon-to-be free agent spent Monday afternoon gushing over being a member of the Celtics. Even though it’s been over a year since Irving was dealt to Boston as part of the most shocking move of 2017, the All-Star point guard has found a new level of comfort with his organization. Irving greeted the media with a smile — one that he didn’t…

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Jayson Tatum learned from idol Kobe Bryant in preparation for sophomore season

Jayson Tatum learned from idol Kobe Bryant in preparation for sophomore season

Jayson Tatum had a productive summer. After finishing his rookie season just minutes away from the NBA Finals, Tatum spent the summer determined to improve his physique. He instead got something even better — the chance to work with his idol. Tatum received a lot of phone calls from potential workout partners this offseason, but when Kobe Bryant called, Tatum jumped at the opportunity to learn from the future Hall of Famer. “Kobe asked me to work out,” Tatum said…

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Hayward, Irving thrilled to take court together after a trying season for both

Hayward, Irving thrilled to take court together after a trying season for both

CANTON — For Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, being back in uniform at High Output in Canton on Monday was a tremendous thrill. The two biggest Celtics acquisitions of 2017 will compete alongside each other for an exhibition game on Friday for the first time in nearly a year and have wasted little time in preparing for the 2018-19 season. Irving, who said his health has been at 100 percent for close to two weeks now, has played in pickup…

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Trying to decipher Jaylen Brown's tweet

Trying to decipher Jaylen Brown's tweet

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown posted an interesting tweet Saturday that could mean a number of different things. Brown, who is a frequent tweeter on the popular social media platform, posted the following philosophical message: Well, the timing of his post means everything so with that being said it’s time we dive deep into a few theories: 1. The Jimmy Butler Theory  When video of Jimmy Butler and Brown surfaced online back in the summer of 2016 — before Brown’s rookie…

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Kyrie Irving believes Celtics can beat Warriors in NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving believes Celtics can beat Warriors in NBA Finals

In a lengthy interview with ESPN, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said he’s fully healed from offseason knee surgery, which perhaps explains why he’s so bullish on the team’s future this season. “Can we beat Golden State in a seven-game series?” he asked. “Yes.” That was just one of the takeaways from a piece that also included Irving’s most encouraging remarks to date about his longterm future in Boston. “Who wouldn’t be a part of this?” Irving told ESPN, gesturing to…

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