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Jared Dudley can't believe Kyrie Irving got an All-Defensive team vote

Jared Dudley can't believe Kyrie Irving got an All-Defensive team vote

This may surprise you, but an NBA player has an issue with the latest All-Defensive team voting results.

Those results included Celtics guard Marcus Smart landing on the first team and three of his Boston teammates -- Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving -- receiving at least one vote for second team.

Yes, Irving garnered a second-team vote. And Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley is baffled.

Irving will never be accused of being an elite defender, so his inclusion is a bit odd. But as Bleacher Report's Howard Beck pointed out, Dudley was in Irving's shoes earlier this season when he "earned" an All-Star vote despite averaging just 4.9 points per game in a reserve role for Brooklyn.

The All-Defensive team voting process is slightly different, as sportswriters and broadcasters make the call as opposed to players and coaches.

But Beck's point still stands: Not all of these votes should be taken at face value.

Dudley seems to be the only NBA player getting this worked up about the 2019 All-Defensive team results.

Considering he reportedly has interest in joining the Celtics in free agency this summer, he may have to talk this out with Irving if the two become teammates.

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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck makes sobering admission about 2018-19 team

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck makes sobering admission about 2018-19 team

Wyc Grousbeck has endured some dark years as co-owner of the Boston Celtics since he bought the team in 2002.

Yet somehow, none of those abysmal seasons or playoff pitfalls rankled him as much as this most recent Celtics team.

"I'm as frustrated as I’ve ever been in 16 years," Grousbeck told The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach in a recent interview.

That's coming from a co-owner who witnessed the C's win a total of 57 games between 2005 and 2007 and suffer a heartbreaking loss to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

But what vexed Grousbeck the most was that the 2018-19 Celtics, plagued by chemistry issues and inconsistency, swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round and appeared to have righted the ship, only to lose four straight to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round after winning Game 1.

"We won five (in a row), I felt great," Grousbeck added. "I thought the problems were over. We lost four and I don’t feel great and the problems were not over."

The Celtics have attempted to address those problems by bringing in Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter after watching Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Terry Rozier walk in free agency and trading Aron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns.

Grousbeck, who said the C's have already sold out their season tickets for 2019-20, seems more optimistic with this new squad now than he did back in May.

"Now we’ve added these guys and some rookies and there’s a renewed sense of energy and optimism on the team," he added. "They’ve got to make it happen."

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How Tacko Fall factors into the Celtics' fight for the 15th roster spot

How Tacko Fall factors into the Celtics' fight for the 15th roster spot

BOSTON -- For those of us who watched the Boston Celtics during summer league, it wasn’t all that shocking to learn that they would sign Javonte Green to a multi-year deal

But the perception of many has been signing Green meant that the Celtics had passed on signing 7-foot-7 sensation Tacko Fall. 

Not so fast, people. 

Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has made no secret about the team’s interest level in signing Fall to a contract beyond his current Exhibit 10 deal remains high. 

So how can they do it?

Let’s take a step back and examine Green’s deal which is partially guaranteed for the first year and non-guaranteed for the second. 

That means he has to make the team in order for it be fully guaranteed either season, which means the team’s current allotment of guaranteed contracts remains at 14. 

Boston also has a pair of players signed to two-way deals in Max Strus and Tremont Waters. Because they are on two-way contracts, neither counts towards the team’s guaranteed contract allotment which can be no more than 15. 

That means that there’s still an open roster spot that the team can use to sign another player, and so the fight for 15 - as in the 15th and final roster spot, can include Tacko Fall.

And with Fall being signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, that guarantees that he will have an invitation to training camp where he could in fact fight for that coveted final roster spot. 

“Tacko is going to have a chance to make the roster,” Ainge told NBC Sports Boston. “We see some upside there, we’re excited about him.”

In addition to Fall potentially landing the last remaining roster spot, the Celtics could also waive one of its two-way players and turn around and convert Fall’s Exhibit 10 deal into a two-way contract which would result in him spending most of his time with Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws and be limited to spending no more than 45 days with the Celtics. 

“He’s a great kid. He’s working really hard. We want to take his development very, very seriously,” Ainge told reporters earlier this week. “He’s a high priority for us to develop into a player.”

Ainge added, “Tacko is fun to watch. He makes me laugh. Some of the plays he makes are hilarious because you just don’t see them. Guys get in a bind and they just throw the ball in the air, and Tacko grabs them and tip-toe dunks them into the basket. He looks like a senior in high school playing with fourth graders out there.” 

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