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Lacerte wins NBA's Athletic Trainer of the Year honor

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Lacerte wins NBA's Athletic Trainer of the Year honor

Boston Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte has been named the Joe O'Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NBA. This award is given out annually to the trainer that has demonstrated exceptional achievement or that has committed tremendous service to the league.

This is not the first time Lacerte has earned the honor. He also won in 1992-93).

The award is named after Joe O'Toole who is known as the "father" of the National Basketball Athletic Trainer Assocation. O'Toole was a long time trainer of the Atlanta Hawks.

"Ive known Eddie for 25 years," Danny Ainge said in a statement. "He is the hardest working athletic trainer and most experienced in the league.We are lucky to have him caring for our players.

Lacerte has overseen Celtics injuries for nearly three decades. The completion of this Celtics season was Lacerte's 25th as the trainer, making him the longest-serving athletic trainer in Celtics history.

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.”