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Kyrie Irving to wear No. 11 with Celtics, his old high school number

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Kyrie Irving to wear No. 11 with Celtics, his old high school number

With the No. 2 he wore for the Cleveland Cavaliers unavailable with the Celtics since it's retired in honor of Red Auerbach, Kyrie Irving has chosen to go with No. 11, the number he wore in high school.

Celtics' Nos. 1 and 2 are retired for franchise founder and original owner Walter Brown and for Auerbach. They're two of the 22 numbers the C's have retired, limiting Irving's choices after his trade from the Cavs on Tuesday. Paul Pierce's No. 34 will be the 22nd number honored this season on Feb. 11 when the Cavs visit the Boston Garden.

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Some of the more notable No. 11 in Celtics history include Chuck Cooper, first African-American player in the NBA, who wore it from 1950-54, as well as Charlie Scott (1975-78), Bob McAdoo (1978-79), Glen "Big Baby" Davis (2007-2011) and most recently, Evan Turner 2015-2016.

The green No. 11 is a familiar look for Irving, who wore it at Saint Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., before he was No. 1 at Duke. 

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.”