BOSTON – One of the many strengths of this Celtics team is their roster has a boatload of players with a variety of strengths offensively.
Their talents will be on display tonight in the team’s open practice at the TD Garden with players participating in skills competitions such as a 3-point shooting contest and a game of “Knock Out.”
For fans in attendance, it’ll be the first opportunity to see Boston’s New Big Three – Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford – on the TD Garden floor at the same time.
Boston’s highly regarded rookie Jayson Tatum will also step on the TD Garden for the first time in a Celtics uniform.
It’s unclear how much scrimmaging or 5-on-5 work the Celtics will do, but rest assured it will be must-see action, which can be seen on CSN beginning at 5:30 p.m. Click here to watch.
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.”