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Bird says he's stepping away from Celtics

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Bird says he's stepping away from Celtics

In the midst of domestic violence allegations, Celtics guard Jabari Bird said on Thursday he is stepping away from the team.

Bird was held on $50,000 bail on charges he assaulted his girlfriend on Friday. He is facing charges of strangulation, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping, and according to prosecutors, strangled her several times and she lost consciousness at several points.

According to Athletic writer Shams Charania, Bird will step away to deal with legal issues.

“I do not condone violence against women," said Bird. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone’s trust.”

The Celtics released a statement earlier on Thursday: 

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA’s labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. The team will have no further comment at this time.

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NBA Rumors: Michael Jordan "hellbent" on re-signing Kemba Walker with Hornets

NBA Rumors: Michael Jordan "hellbent" on re-signing Kemba Walker with Hornets

Kemba Walker is going to get paid this summer, and the Charlotte Hornets are hoping he chooses to stay put.

The 28-year-old point guard, who has scored 103 points over his last two games, including a 43-point outburst in a win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Walker is in the final year of a very team-friendly four-year, $48 million contract. It's hard to imagine him not receiving a max contract offer from the Hornets, and team owner Michael Jordan is committed to keeping him.

"Michael Jordan is fully focused, and hellbent, really, to re-sign Kemba Walker and keep him as his franchise player, his franchise star," The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania reported Tuesday. He also added: "As long as they remain competitive -- teams around the league are very skeptical, and really expect the Hornets to maintain Kemba Walker. And Kemba Walker wants to be in Charlotte."

That's not promising news for teams that need a point guard, like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. Walker is from the Bronx, but it doesn't like a homecoming is in the cards at the moment.

Walker is averaging a career-best 29.6 points per game for the Hornets, who are 8-8 and occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday. If Walker is named to one of the three All-NBA teams after the season, he would be eligible for a super-max contract. 

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David Griffin explains why Celtics still should win Eastern Conference

David Griffin explains why Celtics still should win Eastern Conference

Is it time to worry about the Boston Celtics? Not if you ask David Griffin.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager joined NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh on "The Haberstroh Show" to discuss several topics, including which team he believes will come out of a surprisingly tough Eastern Conference.

Griffin is a big fan of the Toronto Raptors after their additions of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green -- but he still likes the Celtics to reach the NBA Finals despite their slow start.

"(Green and Leonard) is a lot easier thing to integrate into your team than reintroducing a bunch of ball dominance in Boston and having young kids who have never been elite role players figure out how to play their role," Griffin told Haberstroh.

"That's going to take some time, but they'll figure it out. Brad Stevens is amazing, so I'm going to take Boston to represent in the Finals."

Haberstroh and Griffin touched on several other NBA storylines in the debut episode of "The Haberstroh Show," including the latest drama in the Bay Area, the future of the Warriors' Big Four and the true contenders out West (Hey, Blazers) and in the East (Milwaukee, anyone?).

Listen to the show and check out a full rundown below.

 

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3:27: Griffin on how Steve Kerr and Bob Meyers will manage Draymond Green and the drama that surrounds him.

6:54: Just where does Kevin Durant's future lie?, how Kendrick Perkins managed LeBron James in Cleveland (16:46) and so much more.

21:00: How Rick Adelman inspired Mike D'Antoni to create the Seven-Seconds-or-less Suns.

25:02: Brook Lopez as the 2018 version of Channing Frye for the Bucks.

27:15: Just how good are the Blazers?

29:05: Who's coming out of the East?

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