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Is bringing back last year's group the right move for the Celtics?

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Is bringing back last year's group the right move for the Celtics?

The Celtics have three draft picks -- and potentially Jeff Green -- to add to last year's team, but the core will be the same. Pierce and Rondo were always going to be back. Now KG's in, and Ray Allen might not be far behind. That leads us to our Uno's Sports Tonight Question of the Day:

Is bringing back last season's group the right move for the Celtics?

Let us know what you think in the comment box below, and be sure to watch Uno's Sports Tonight at 6:30 to continue the discussion!

Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.” 

Does Kyrie-LeBron feud have it roots in a high-five left hanging?

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Does Kyrie-LeBron feud have it roots in a high-five left hanging?

Kyrie Irving said earlier this week before his return to Cleveland that he wasn’t about to detail the reasons behind his request for a trade that sent him to the Celtics. 

A story from Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd on TheAthletic.com suggests that the roots of the feud may stem from an incident between Irving’s father, Drederick, and one of LeBron James’ lifelong friends, who works for the Cavs. 

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Drederick Irving played basketball at Boston University, was at one time the school’s all-time leading scorer and is in BU’s athletic hall of fame. Irving cited his father’s influence at his introductory Celtics press conference and now wears the same No. 11 his father did with the Terriers.

 

From Lloyd’s story: 

One day during the three years LeBron James and Kyrie Irving spent as teammates, Drederick Irving was exiting the Cavs’ locker room when Randy Mims was entering. Mims, one of James’ lifelong friends and an official Cavs employee, reached out his hand to slap Drederick five. But Dred, Irving’s father, pulled his own arm back and refused the gesture.

When James later asked Irving about the incident and if there was something wrong, Irving said his father believed they shouldn’t be “fraternizing with the enemy.” Three sources with knowledge of the exchange independently confirmed it to The Athletic, revealing just a glimmer of light into a fractured relationship that both men hid well in their time together.

An ESPN.com story after the trade chronicled some of the same friction, noting it was one of several factors leading to Irving's split from the Cavs: 

But there were ancillary issues that bothered Irving, too, such as how James’ good friend Randy Mims had a position on the Cavs’ staff and traveled on the team plane while none of Irving’s close friends were afforded the same opportunity.

Irving didn’t deny Lloyd’s account, telling the Athletic:  “I could care less. You can write it. It’s on you, kid. It’s your validity, baby. It’s just my dad. It’s not me.”