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Celtics' Enes Kanter trolls Kyrie Irving with hilarious comment on choosing No. 11

Celtics' Enes Kanter trolls Kyrie Irving with hilarious comment on choosing No. 11

Boston Celtics fans are going to like Enes Kanter.

The 27-year-old-center, who officially signed his contract with the C's on Wednesday, has chosen to wear No. 11 in Boston. This number, of course, is the one Kyrie Irving wore during his two seasons with the Celtics. Irving took his talents to the Brooklyn Nets in NBA free agency earlier this month despite telling Celtics season ticket holders at an event in October that he planned to re-sign with the franchise.

Kanter was asked during Wednesday's introductory press conference with Kemba Walker why he picked No. 11, and his answer was amazing.

"It was my old jersey number, by the way, No. 11," Kanter said. "And I want to be the reason no one else will wear it."

Kanter's comments are in reference to a Nike commercial Irving starred in last fall during which he says "(My dad is) the reason I wear No. 11, and I want to be the reason no one else will."

The first game between Irving's Nets and the Celtics in Boston next season is going to be must-see television.

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WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

Bill Belichick has left us with yet another hilarious interview bit.

At halftime of the New England Patriots' preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Belichick was asked if he had anything to add to the statement he had released about Josh Gordon's return to the team. Gordon, who was reinstated by the NFL on Friday, is now eligible to join the Patriots.

However, Belichick gave a very short answer and didn't elaborate much in this comical exchange captured by Boston 25 News' Chad Amaral.

Instant classic.

In fairness, Belichick does have a point. There was a statement released earlier in the day. But given how quickly Gordon's return was announced, it was also fair to see if the coach had anything extra to add. Belichick just happened to be focused on the game, so he didn't want to talk about Gordon's reinstatement.

Gordon's addition could end up being big for the Patriots' receiving corps, so maybe Belichick will show him more love once he actually gets back onto the field.

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

This offseason, the Boston Celtics were in a state of flux. With the impending departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it seemed that the team was entering a rebuilding phase in which they would have to build around their young talent.

Instead, the team was able to retool. That was largely thanks to Kemba Walker's interest in joining the team. Walker's interest surprised their co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, who shared how he reacted when he heard the news.

"I almost crashed my car when I heard that," Pagliuca said, per Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe.

It's easy to understand why Pagliuca was so surprised. Walker, who had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, could've gotten a supermax to stay put with the Hornets. Instead, he wanted to join a winner and evidently was impressed with the Celtics.

Walker should be the perfect replacement for Kyrie Irving and should help to build better chemistry in a locker room that dealt with numerous issues last year. And Walker's addition plus the acquisition of rookies Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters has done a lot to transform the Celtics' personality, as Pagliuca noted.

"There’s just really a positive attitude from everybody this year," Pagliuca said, per Yang. "We’ve got a bunch of hard-working players that really want to achieve. We couldn’t ask for anything more."

After last season, that should be refreshing to Celtics fans, especially if they can stay competitive in what should be a wide-open Eastern Conference outside of the favored No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

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