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Carsen Edwards signs with Adidas, gets love from Ja Morant, other NBA rookies

Carsen Edwards signs with Adidas, gets love from Ja Morant, other NBA rookies

Carsen Edwards has parlayed all those NBA Summer League buckets into another multi-year deal.

The rookie point guard, who recently signed a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics, has signed with Adidas on a multi-year endorsement deal, per ESPN.com.

Edwards confirmed the news in an Instagram post Thursday.

It's not too often a second-round pick lands a shoe deal less than a month into his NBA career. But Edwards has earned the recognition since the Celtics took him No. 33 overall out of Purdue, averaging a team-best 19.4 points per game at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Edwards apparently has gained the respect of his peers, as well; No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant and first-rounder Jordan Poole were among several NBA rookies to show the 21-year-old love in the Instagram comment section.

Edwards also earned a new fan in former Celtics guard Nate Robinson.

The new deal is a good fit for Edwards, who grew up watching Tracy McGrady in his native Houston and actually got to meet the Basketball Hall of Famer during a recent Adidas photo shoot.

"Being able to meet Tracy McGrady is absolutely insane to me," Edwards told ESPN.com. "Them actually wanting my opinion on new things that they're looking to drop, asking me would I wear it or what I would change, that's been really cool."

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Brad Stevens, Celtics and Heat coaches honor Kobe Bryant by wearing Kobe sneakers

Brad Stevens, Celtics and Heat coaches honor Kobe Bryant by wearing Kobe sneakers

The tributes to Kobe Bryant continued around the NBA Tuesday night following the tragic deaths of Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday.

Coaches and staff of the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat wore Bryant's signature sneaker for Tuesday's matchup, and they looked spectacular.

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Some players sported the signature shoe to honor Bryant, too.

There are so many things that have and will be said about Bryant's life and the legacy he left behind, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. And honoring Bryant by simply wearing his signature shoe still is powerful.

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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat live stream: Watch NBA game online

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat live stream: Watch NBA game online

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will clash at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night in a matchup of Eastern Conference powers.

These are two of the five teams jockeying for playoff position from the No. 2 seed down to the No. 6 seed. The five teams in this range of the East standings are separated by only 2.5 games. The Heat are in a second-place tie with the Toronto Raptors at 32-14, while the C's are in fourth place at 30-15.

The Celtics don't have a signature road win this season, and Tuesday's game against the Heat is a great place to earn their first. It won't be easy, though. Miami is one of the league's best home teams with a 21-2 record on its own court. The Heat also have the second-best 3-point shooting percentage in basketball, so the C's will need to defend the perimeter at a high level to leave South Beach with a victory. 

Another factor going against the Celtics is injuries. Veteran center Enes Kanter already has been ruled out and star forward Jayson Tatum is doubtful to play. 

The Celtics lead the season series 1-0 after a 112-93 win in Boston last month.

Here's how to watch NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics vs. Heat, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 7 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Tommy Heinsohn, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

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