By A. Sherrod Blakely
The Boston Celtics continue to work out potential draft picks at the team's practice facility this week.
On Monday, the C's had a split group of big men as well as guards. Some of the more notable big men included a pair of 6-foot-9 forwards, Terrence Jennings and Vernon Macklin from Louisville and Florida, respectively. Boston's workout also included a pair of 7-footers in USC's Nikola Vucevic and UConn's Charles Okwandu.
Vucevic is expected to be a late first-round pick, while Jennings and Macklin are pegged as potential second-round selections. Okwandu, the starting center for the NCAA champion Huskies, is unlikely to get drafted.
Boston's workouts also included guards Kevin Anderson from Richmond and Demontez Stitt from Clemson. Both are trying to string together impressive workouts and work their way into being potential second-round selections
Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, plans to cast as wide a net as possible when it comes to preparing for this year's draft. The Celtics have the No. 25 pick as well as the No. 55 pick in this month's draft which will be June 23.
"Because of where we are in the draft, it's not easy getting guys in for workouts, because players can only do so many workouts," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "But between the guys we have in, the guys we've seen during the year and during group workouts, we'll see more than a 100 players so we'll have all the bases covered."
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WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”