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Celtics react to NBA rule that will cut pregame rituals

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Celtics react to NBA rule that will cut pregame rituals

BROOKLYN, NY The NBA's efforts to speed up the start of games has not gone over well with some players.

But there's another group of people who might be impacted even more: coaches.

The league has informed players that it will crack down on the usual pre-game handshakes and other rituals that players, in some cases, have done for years.

After player introductions, players will be expected to be ready to play after 90 seconds.

Not only does it mean that players such as Kevin Garnett will have to modify their pre-game preparation, but it also means a change of sorts for coaches as well.

"I think they forgot that the coach actually has to draw up a play before the opening (tip)," said Boston's Doc Rivers. "You usually do that."

Rivers added, "I like why we're doing it. I just think we need to re-think the time. Ninety seconds is not enough. We probably need 30 more seconds or a minute."

Other players throughout the NBA have already chimed in and expressed their dislike for the new rule.

"Every player in this league has routines they do with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they walk on the floor," Oklahoma City all-star Kevin Durant told reporters. "The fans enjoy it. You see the fans mimicking the guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don't make no sense."

Among those players with longstanding pre-game rituals is Kevin Garnett, who spends time by himself at a stanchion underneath the basket near the Celtics bench.

"Guys have routines for years," Rivers said. "Fans enjoy the routines. You're taking something away . . . I just think another 30 seconds or a minute."

NBA veteran Jason Terry is among those who won't be impacted by the new rule, and he isn't overly concerned it will have much of an impact on his teammates or NBA players as a whole.

"Guys have to speed it up a little bit," Terry said. "It's all about making adjustments. It's one of those rules like they always put into this league. Once you get to about all-star break, they forget about it."

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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.

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“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.

Regrets?

“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.”