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Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards gets high school jersey retired

Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards gets high school jersey retired

Friday was an unforgettable day for Carsen Edwards as the Boston Celtics rookie had his No. 3 Atascocita High School jersey retired.

The C's second-round pick received a hero's welcome as he returned home to Texas to "MVP" chants and received his framed Atascocita, Purdue, and Celtics jerseys as a gift.

Watch the awesome moment below:

Edwards was taken aback by the love he received in his hometown.

“I feel it’s unreal in a way,” Edwards said, per Mark Berman of FOX 26. “At the time when I was here, I couldn’t picture something like this. This is such a huge accomplishment. To be able to be here and get the accomplishment and being noticed by the people you grew up with and the people around the community, it means a lot more.

“That’s something that means a lot to me — seeing my jersey on the wall. There are people that are in my same position, (and) being able to believe and see someone like (me) is important (and) gives them hope. I believe that the culture that was built when I was here my freshman year and coach Martinez was here his first year. He just … kind of established us as a team and made us known for basketball around here, so it’s cool.”

Edwards emerged as a fan favorite during Celtics Summer League alongside fellow rookies Tacko Fall, Grant Williams, and Tremont Waters. The 6-foot-1 sharpshooter already landed a shoe deal with Adidas, so the hype certainly is real heading into the 2019 campaign.

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Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

The Boston Celtics are getting a makeover ... for a few select games, anyway.

The Celtics unveiled their new "City Edition" uniforms Thursday on social media, adding that Boston will debut the green-and-gold threads at next Wednesday's home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Here's a look:

C's big man Enes Kanter seemingly leaked the team's "City Edition" uniform back in October, but these photos show the jersey with a richer green color along with the Irish-themed font.

The Celtics also put out a "hype video" of sorts to show the "City Edition" uniform in action.

All 30 NBA teams will wear their own "City Edition" jerseys in multiple games during the 2019-20 the season. The Celtics picked a great date to debut theirs, as next Wednesday is Kyrie Irving's first trip back to Boston since leaving the C's in the summer.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Nuggets, which tips off Friday at 8 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 9 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Kyrie Irving is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of many Boston Celtics fans. But his former boss continues to be diplomatic.

The Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden next Wednesday in what will be Irving's first game back in Boston (assuming he shows up) since his acrimonious departure last summer.

Most star players would receive a tribute video from their former team in this situation, but it's a trickier situation with Irving considering the bridges he reportedly burned in Boston.

During an interview Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," though, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he'd be perfectly fine with TD Garden giving Irving a tribute video.

"Sure. Why not?" Ainge said.

Ainge clarified it's not his call to decide whether Irving gets a tribute video, then insisted Celtics fans are too harsh on the All-Star point guard.

"It was a very good situation with Kyrie," Ainge said. "Kyrie was in a good place, and things were looking good for a year and a half and they went sour.

"... He gets blamed for a lot of the sour of last year, and I just think it's much, much bigger than that. So, I don't have any grudges against Kyrie. I'm grateful that he gave us a chance and it didn't work out. It wasn't his fault things didn't work out. It was a lot of people's fault, including my own."

Irving likely will be booed heartily in Boston, where C's fans haven't forgotten him reneging on a preseason promise to sign with the Celtics long-term before bolting to play with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.

But Ainge said he's not on board with such a reaction.

"I think that's a sad commentary," Ainge said. "But I understand it just because I know there's been a lot of negative attention."

"I understand all that. I just think it's a bad conclusion to come to. It's not really fair."

Ainge won't make Celtics fans very happy by defending one of their biggest villains, but he's been consistent in taking the high road on Irving's Boston exit.

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