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Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter press conference live stream: Watch Celtics introduction online

Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter press conference live stream: Watch Celtics introduction online

A new era in Boston begins Wednesday.

The Celtics will hold an introductory press conference for Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter at the Auerbach Center in their first public appearance since signing with Boston in free agency.

Walker comes from the Charlotte Hornets with high expectations; the 29-year-old averaged a career-high 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game last season while earning Third Team All-NBA honors. Kanter averaged 13.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season, which he split between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Expected to join Walker and Kanter at Wednesday's press conference are Celtics lead owner and governor Wyc Grousbeck, managing partner and co-owner Stephen Pagliuca, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, team president Rich Gotham and head coach Brad Stevens.

NBC Sports Boston will air the press conference live beginning at 1 p.m. ET, and you can watch a live stream by clicking the link below.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Boston

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Team USA stunned by Australia, 98-94; Marcus Smart debuts for US

Team USA stunned by Australia, 98-94; Marcus Smart debuts for US

Marcus Smart made his debut for Team USA, which saw its 78-game international winning streak end in a 98-94 loss to Australia early Saturday in Melbourne.

Smart,  who had been bothered by a calf injury throughout training camp as the Americans prepare for the FIBA World Cup next week in China, started and scored seven points, had three assists and one rebound in nine minutes. Fellow Celtics guard Kemba Walker led Team USA with 22 points.

The other members of the Celtics contingent - a.k.a. "Team Shamrock" - Jayson Tatum (five points) and Jaylen Brown (eight points) came off the bench as the US, which had a 10-point lead in the third quarter, lost for the first time since 2006 with NBA players on its roster.

Former Celtics big man Aron Baynes, now with the Phoenix Suns, had 13 points for the Aussies, who were led by a 30-point performance from Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs. 

With an injury to the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma keeping him out of the World Cup, the 12-player US roster is set and it will include all four Celtics. The Americans open against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1 in China.

The last US loss with NBA players was in the 2006 world championship semifinals to Greece, a team that next week will feature NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Team USA enters the World Cup No. 1 in the FIBA rankings 

“They wanted it more than us tonight,” Walker said. “Lesson learned for us.”

 

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2019 FIBA World Cup live stream: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

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2019 FIBA World Cup live stream: How to watch Team USA vs. Australia exhibition

After drawing the largest crowd for a basketball game ever in Australia on Thursday (51,218), Team USA and Australia return to Marvel Stadium late tonight (2 p.m. Saturday in Melbourne) to play another tuneup for the FIBA World Cup.

A trio of Celtics - part of "Team Shamrock" for the US - all played key roles in helping the US defeat the Aussies 102-86. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 23 points, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 11. The fourth Celtic on Team USA, Marcus Smart, who hasn't played because of a calf injury, didn't play in that game but has been cleared to return and could be back tonight.

Team Australia includes a former Celtic, Aron Baynes.

The Americans have one more tuneup in Australia, Monday against Team Canada, before the FIBA World Cup opens in China against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1. 

Here's how to watch tonight's game:

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, midnight
TV Channel: NBA TV
Live Stream: Twitch and NBA.com

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