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Celtics new alternate jersey revealed by NBA 2K18

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Celtics new alternate jersey revealed by NBA 2K18

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. 

Earlier, NBA 2K18 has updated its cover with Kyrie Irving, originally depicted in his Cavs uniform, now in Celtics white and green.

Via Conrad Burry of SportsLogos.net and Twitter user @JMoneyMikita in Australia, where it's already Friday, NBA 2K18 offers a look at the new alternates, a.k.a. statements, including a Celtics green-on-black model, still with Isaiah Thomas' familiar No. 4. (that will need some updating).

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. 

Report: Knicks given slight edge over Celtics as Kyrie's free-agent destination

Report: Knicks given slight edge over Celtics as Kyrie's free-agent destination

Those pesky Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors have been around even before Yahoo's Chris Mannix mentioned the Celtics were "scared" of Kyrie Irving heading there next summer. They picked up steam this week with another report of The Big Apple as a destination for Irving and Jimmy Butler to join forces.

Now, ESPN's NBA Forecast Panel gives the Knicks a slight edge over the Celtics to land Irving, 46.9 percent to  43.8 percent.

Here's part of the panel's explanation on ESPN's "The Jump": 

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). 

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Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge was busy on Twitter late last night poking a little fun at a couple of his players.

Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, wondered where the defense was in a video of "Scary" Terry Rozier playing in a pickup game with Wizards guard John Wall and other NBAers. 

A little good-natured payback for Rozier's FaceTime interruption of Ainge's drafting of Robert Williams back in June?

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. 

So, Celtics players, post those Twitter videos at your own risk because the boss is watching.

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