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Reports: Terry wants Mavs jersey retired; Cuban considers it

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Reports: Terry wants Mavs jersey retired; Cuban considers it

Jason Terry has made his intentions in Boston clear.

Earlier this month, the veteran guard inked the Celtics leprechaun holding the Larry OBrien championship trophy on his left arm. Last week he emphasized his commitment to winning a title this season.

Terry hasnt forgotten his previous eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, either. He won an NBA championship with the Mavs in 2011, in addition to being named the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year as a member of the team.

Before he kicks off his first season with the Celtics, Terry reflected on his time in Dallas, a period he would be pleased to see commemorated.

The bow was winning the championship, but the icing on the cake will be putting that jersey up in the rafters," Terry told the Star-Telegram. If it happens, Ill be grateful."

Terry averaged 17.5 points (47.8 FG) in 32.6 minutes off the bench during the Mavs 2011 title run. For his contributions that season and over the course of his career, Mavericks owner Marc Cuban has not ruled out the honor.

Although Terry chose to sign with the Celtics as a free agent this summer, Cuban appreciated his honesty during the process, according to ESPNDallas.com. After expressing his displeasure with Jason Kidds decision to join the New York Knicks, Cuban told ESPN Dallas Ben and Skin Show he would consider retiring Terrys jersey.

Putting somebody up in the rafters, thats something sacred in my mind, Cuban said. You dont just do it just to do it, to have a big ceremony, to sell tickets. You havent seen me decide yet. I go back and forth on Derek Harper all the time, but Harp will be up there before J. Kidd will. Ive always said my prerequisite was that you played on a championship team for the Mavs. Id say Jets got a shot, Dirks an obvious, but as of right now I wouldnt put J. Kidd up there.

Terry wore number 31 during his career with the Mavericks.

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.”