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Kevin Durant burns Knicks, explains why no stars want to join New York

Kevin Durant burns Knicks, explains why no stars want to join New York

The New York Knicks are one of the most iconic franchises in sports. So, how did they let Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving get away in free agency ... to their crosstown rival, no less?

According to Durant, it's because the Knicks' so-called aura doesn't have as much sway as you think.

In an interview Tuesday on New York's Hot97 FM, the new Brooklyn Nets forward suggested the league's free agents view New York more by its recent struggles than its distant history of success.

"I think a lot of fans look at the Knicks as a brand and expect these younger players who, in their lifetime, don't remember the Knicks being good," Durant told the "Ebro in the Morning Show, via SNY's Ian Begley.

"I didn't grow up with the Knicks. I've seen the Knicks in the Finals, but kids coming up after me didn't see that. So, that whole brand of the Knicks to them is not as cool as, let's say, the Golden State Warriors or even the Lakers or the Nets now.

"It's like, the cool thing right now is not the Knicks."

Durant is right about one thing: The Knicks have made the playoffs just twice in the last 15 years and won only one playoff series in the 21st century, so younger players don't associate them with winning.

It's not like the Nets are a model of success, though: Their winning campaign in 2018-19 was only their third in the least 10 years, the same number as New York in that span.

But the arrow in Brooklyn is pointing up, and the hype surrounding the franchise was enough for Durant and Irving to ditch the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, respectively. (At least New York got Marcus Morris!)

Durant will miss the entire 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury, so it will be up to Irving to prove the Nets are cooler than their cross-town rival this year.

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Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

DENVER — Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker appeared to suffer a serious neck injury after a scary collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the first half of Friday’s game against the Denver Nugget.

Walker had his head down as he chased a rebound and appeared to hit Ojeleye’s stomach as the forward started moving the opposite way up the court. Walker immediately fell to the ground and rolled on his left side as trainers rushed to check on him.

Here's a look at the play courtesy of the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

The game was delayed more than six minutes as medical personnel immobilized Walker, moved him to a stretcher, and took him from the court. Concerned Celtics teammates gathered around Walker as he was being tended to and the Pepsi Center went eerily quiet.

The Celtics did not immediately offer an injury update on Walker.

We'll have more updates on this breaking news story as they become available.

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Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Wednesday's Celtics-Nets matchup should be circled on every NBA fan's calendar as it could mark Kyrie Irving's first game back in Boston since leaving for Brooklyn over the summer.

Irving not fulfilling his promise to re-sign didn't exactly go over well with C's fans, which means there likely will be plenty of boos when Boston's former guard takes the floor.

Danny Ainge said he believes Irving deserves a video tribute and shouldn't be booed, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many Celtics fans who agree.

In fact, Celtics great Paul Pierce said Friday on ESPN's "NBA Countdown" he expects "one of the loudest boos in league history" when Irving returns to TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve.

Watch below:

“This has never happened, a player of his caliber saying, ‘I’ll be back,’ and then leave,” Pierce went on to say. “This has never happened. When has that happened with a player of his caliber? It’s never happened. He deserves it.”

Irving's status for Wednesday's matchup remains up in the air as he's missed the last several games with a shoulder injury. He's averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists with the Nets this season.

You can watch Irving's return to Boston right here Wednesday on NBC Sports Boston. We'll have you covered with Celtics Pregame Live at 6 p.m. ET, then Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman will have the call at 7 p.m.

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