Kyrie Irving said he hasn't heard from the NBA about a possible fine for his X-rated retort to a fan as he left the court in Philadelphia on Friday night after the Celtics' victory over the 76ers.
"I don't have any regrets for it," Irving told reporters Saturday afternoon at the Celtics practice facility. "I take full responsibility for what I said, excuse the kids at home and you move on."
After a fan taunted Irving by saying, "Hey, Kyrie! Where's LeBron?" Irving responded with a lewd suggestion. Does he regret it? "Hell, no," he said.
The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for dropping F-bombs at a fan in Memphis for what the league called "directing inappropriate language toward a fan", so expect Irving to be hearing about making a similar payment to the NBA.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while shaking my head that’s going to be close to 80 degrees in late October today in New England. Summer clearly isn’t over around here.
*Auston Matthews is happy to share his stick-collecting stories as a hockey-loving kid growing up in Arizona that’s now living the dream.
*The Los Angeles Kings are off to the best start in franchise history, which really seems strange given the Cup-winning pedigree that this organization has built up over the last five-plus seasons.
*The NHL has admitted that they completely botched a coach’s challenge for offside that cost the Avalanche a very important goal. This is the Pandora’s Box that you open up once you start making replay a big part of the game.
*Kailer Yamamoto is making a late push to stick around with the Edmonton Oilers for the entire season rather than be returned to junior hockey. Again, it should be mentioned that Yamamoto was Edmonton’s first-round pick this summer while the Finnish defenseman that the Bruins tapped wasn’t even a training camp invite.
*Claude Lemieux enjoys his son’s NHL debut in Winnipeg long after the notorious forward wound up his own event-filled NHL career.
*For something completely different: I think we all enjoyed Patrick Beverley taking Lonzo Ball to school in his first NBA game this week.