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Back in early October, Kyrie Irving made the people in Boston very happy.
During an event for season-ticket holders at TD Garden, the six-time All-Star made it sound like he was committing to the Celtics long-term.
"I plan on re-signing here next year," Kyrie announced.
Fast forward four months later, and is that still the plan?
“Ask me July 1," Kyrie told reporters Friday morning in New York. "At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my career. I spent the last eight years trying to do what everyone else wanted me to do -- managers, other personnel -- and I don't owe anybody sh*t.
"I still have confidence in Boston and what they can promise for the future and what we have in terms of pieces. That’s what excited me at the beginning of the season."
This is not exactly a ringing endorsement and should make the Celtics and their fans quite skeptical and concerned. Kyrie referring to Boston as "they" and not "we" doesn't help matters.
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The fact that he made these comments following shootaround at Madison Square Garden makes this even more entertaining. The Knicks have the cap space to add two max-level free agents in July, and the grand plan is to sign Kyrie and Kevin Durant.
You better believe that Kyrie -- who missed Boston's last two games because of a hip strain -- is going to want to put on a show tonight at MSG.
It might just be his, and Kevin Durant's, future home.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
There's a movement taking place in this country right now.
The voices of Black athletes are being heard loud and clear. They want change, and they want it now.
Athletes like Warriors superstar Steph Curry are using their platforms to push for racial and social equality. But it all starts with tough conversations. The message needs to be heard.
On Monday, Curry will take part in a wide-range discussion on an NBC Sports' special, "Race and Sports in America: Conversations."
In addition to Curry, the conversation will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, World Series champion and Oakland native Jimmy Rollins, Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, former tennis star James Blake and golfer Troy Mullins.
“We have to continue to double down and keep people accountable in all walks of life, all industries, all forms of leadership, the judicial system," Curry said. "And hopefully for my kids’ generation, their kids, we will see change.”
Here's how to watch "Race in America and Sports: Conversations."
When: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
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The Warriors might end up going to Chicago in September, as the NBA is exploring a second "bubble" for the eight teams who are not a part of the resumed season in Orlando.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr has a nickname for the proposed event.
"I call it the 'JV Bubble,' " Kerr said on the most recent episode of his "Flying Coach" podcast.
You probably are aware that "JV" is short for "junior varsity."
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So what are the Warriors doing in the meantime?
"Right now we have our young players coming in -- working out individually," Kerr explained. "One player, one coach at our facility in San Francisco.
"No team activities are allowed at this point."
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If the Warriors end up participating in the "JV Bubble," it's all but certain that players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will not attend.
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