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Celtics legend Bill Russell responds to Donald Trump's 'kneeling' remarks

Celtics legend Bill Russell responds to Donald Trump's 'kneeling' remarks

George Floyd's murder at the hands of a Minnesota police officer has sparked worldwide protests and has brought the subject of athletes kneeling during the national anthem back to the forefront.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a movement in 2016 by kneeling during the anthem to raise awareness of racism and police brutality. With Floyd's death leading to "Black Lives Matter" protests worldwide, some wonder whether some players will take a knee when sports return.

After New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees called kneeling "disrespectful to the American flag" and subsequently apologized for his comments, President Donald Trump answered by condemning kneeling during the anthem.

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That's when Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, who has long been involved in civil rights activism, decided to take action by answering Trump's message with a tweet of his own.

Read Russell's tweet below:

Russell, 86, has actively spoken out against racism throughout his lifetime and today's protests have been a reminder of the racial abuse he has endured. On Thursday, he compared today's protests to those that occurred earlier in his life, saying "nothing had changed, and we will see some change but likely not enough."

Years after Russell was involved in the civil rights movement, several Celtics players have followed in the 11-time NBA champion's footsteps. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier each recently attended "Black Lives Matter" protests to speak out against the racial injustices that remain prevalent in the country.

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

The Boston Celtics look to stay hot when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies inside the Orlando bubble Tuesday evening.

The C's are coming off dominant wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, followed by a nail-biter of an overtime victory vs. the Orlando Magic. They'll aim to make things easier on themselves in their second-to-last regular season matchup.

Memphis currently holds the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Following its loss to the Raptors on Sunday, there is guaranteed to be a play-in game between the No. 8 and 9 seeds in the West this Saturday.

As for the Celtics, they locked up the No. 3 seed on Friday.

Making Tuesday's game even more interesting is the Celtics own the rights to the Grizzlies' first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, unless Memphis' pick lands in the top six. If Boston beats Memphis on Tuesday, the Grizzlies' odds to make the playoffs decrease, which could convey the Celtics a slightly better draft pick.

NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Grizzlies, starting at 4 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."

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Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

If you've never seen a 7-foot-5 human being swing a golf club, you're in for a treat.

Boston Celtics big man Tacko Fall joined Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba -- who's "only" 7 feet tall -- on an Orlando-area golf course Monday, getting in on what's become a popular NBA bubble activity.

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So, how is Fall's golf game? Let's just say his swing is ... interesting. Here's a look, courtesy of Bamba's Instagram story:

That swing isn't quite Charles Barkley, but it certainly isn't Tiger Woods, either.

Judging by Bamba's reaction to Fall's second shot, though, it sounds like the Celtics rookie is improving.

If you're wondering why Fall was golfing with a Magic player and not his own teammates, he and Bamba are close friends, with Bamba even recommending his shooting coach, Drew Hanlen, to the C's center last summer.

Perhaps Bamba also knows a swing coach he can put Fall in touch with, too?