With Nike taking over production of NBA jerseys, the league is doing away with traditional "home" and "away" jerseys. The first glimpse at the design of the Celtics' - and other NBA teams' - alternate uniform (Nike refers to them as "Statement Jerseys") comes from the NBA 2K18 video game, which will be available to those who pre-ordered it Friday.
The Celtics had gotten away from the traditional white-at-home, green-on-the-road in recent years and in the past few years wore a gray third uniform with sleeves. It'll be interesting to see when these new black jerseys are used.
It would take some salary-cap machinations for New York to lure Irving to play close to where he grew up in West Orange, N.J. They would likely have to risk losing Kristaps Porzingis in free agency next summer by not giving him a big-money extension this season.
There's also a potential pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency next summer as the Knicks - playoff-less since 2013 and title-less for 45 years - make another attempt to spend their way back to relevance.
Irving has made it clear he's not going to cost himself millions by signing an extension with the C's this season ("Contractually, financially, it just doesn’t make any sense”) and is headed to free agency, so, with training camp more than a month away, get used to a season full of questions about his future. And expect the Knicks speculation to heat up before the four C's-Knicks games (Oct. 20 and Feb. 6 in New York and Nov. 21 and Dec. 6 in Boston).
A few minutes before his Rozier tweet, Ainge saw a video tweeted by Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton of Jaylen Brown showing his skills on the piano at the Berkeley campus' Sproul Plaza. Brown spent a year at Cal before being drafted by Boston in 2016.
Ainge couldn't resist a jab at Brown's ball-handling skills.