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Celtics among five teams on Anthony Davis' short list, report says

Celtics among five teams on Anthony Davis' short list, report says

If you thought those Anthony Davis-to-the-Boston Celtics rumors were dead, well, you might be wrong.

Longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan dropped a juicy report Friday suggesting it's "more likely than not" the New Orleans Pelicans trade Davis by the February deadline if they're not in serious playoff contention.

More importantly, Sheridan listed five teams Davis is considering playing for in the "near and distant future," citing a source with "intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the NBA:" the Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers -- and Celtics.

In fact, Sheridan noted the Celtics are "very much in play as the ultimate long-term landing zone" for Davis and pointed out that one sportsbook (BetDSI.eu) gives Boston the best odds to land the superstar forward.

There's a lot to unpack here; to land Davis, the C's would need to blow up a good part of the roster president of basketball operations Danny Ainge constructed over several years' time. The Lakers reportedly are also strong contenders for the 25-year-old -- assuming he even leaves New Orleans.

But with Boston currently scuffling along at 9-9, perhaps Ainge would consider pulling the trigger on another blockbuster and equip the C's with even more star power.

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Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving's comments about calling LeBron to apologize

Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving's comments about calling LeBron to apologize

Following Wednesday's thrilling win over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors, Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving confessed to reporters that he recently placed a phone call to LeBron James to apologize for how their relationship on the Cleveland Cavaliers came to such a frosty end, and ask for advice about leading a young Boston team.

The move has drawn praise in some corners of the media. Others, not so much.

Hall of Famer and colorfully outspoken pundit Charles Barkley was not impressed, and let it rip Thursday night on TNT:

"I didn't like it at all," Barkley said. "It seemed like he was saying, 'We're losing because of these guys, they're young, they don't know how to win'. They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year without him. You don't have to tell people you're a leader -- just be a leader.

"That kid played great last night. That's one of the few games I've seen where he really made a conscious effort to make everyone around him better. But this thing like, 'I called LeBron because he taught me to be a leader' -- then be a leader. You don't have to tell us you're a leader."

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Celtics talk Podcast: Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports on Kyrie Irving showing maturity by calling LeBron James for advice

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Celtics talk Podcast: Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports on Kyrie Irving showing maturity by calling LeBron James for advice

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1:20 - It was a wild week for the Celtics. They showed great mental toughness against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

2:30 - Celtics seem to beat up on the good opponents and struggle against bad teams.

4:55 - Kyrie Irving had a crazy week. Kyrie seems to be learning how to lead this team as the season goes on. He acknowledged he needs to continue to grow as a leader.

7:00 - Irving’s job as a leader is not to make the players happy, but make them better. A criticism of his leadership skills is making issues public and not keeping it in the locker room. 

8:55 - Does Jaylen Brown deserve props for calling out Kyrie Irving during his postgame interview?

10:30 - Were the young guys getting worn down by Kyrie? Did that force Kyrie to reconsider his leadership approach?

11:40 - Kyrie said he called LeBron after the Celtics loss to the Magic to ask for leadership advice. Kyrie humbled himself by making a call to LeBron. Was this the right move by Irving?

14:30 - Celtics young players got a taste of playing without Kyrie last season which may have changed the dynamic.

16:10 - Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports joins the podcast to talk about Kyrie reaching out to LeBron and if he was surprised about hearing that. Haynes says it is a sign of maturity for Kyrie.

19:05 - Any chance that Kyrie could thinking about jumping ship and joining the Lakers?

20:40 - Where do the Celtics line up in the East and what can be expected in the playoffs?

23:00 - Chris Haynes says he could see the Warriors completely sweep the Western Conference in the playoffs.

26:05 - Any chance that Anthony Davis could go to Golden State?

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