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Kyrie Irving recently texted Celtics' Wyc Grousbeck 'out of the blue'

Kyrie Irving recently texted Celtics' Wyc Grousbeck 'out of the blue'

When did Kyrie Irving really begin to consider leaving the Boston Celtics? Depends on who you ask.

ESPN's Jackie MacMullan and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie suggested Irving was plotting his exit as early as December 2018. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge says Kyrie first expressed his desire to leave Boston in March.

On Tuesday, Celtics governor and managing partner Wyc Grousbeck shared his version of the Irving timeline.

"In the beginning he said, 'I want to come back. I want to retire my jersey here if we win. He promised the fans," Grousbeck said during an interview on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

"And then as the season went on, something changed. By February, we thought he was at risk for not coming back and then in June, that’s what happened."

That's a slightly different recollection than Ainge gave. But Grousbeck's more notable admission was that Irving, who signed a four-year, $141 million contract with the Nets in free agency, recently sent him an unsolicited text.

"You know, he just sent me a text the other day out of the blue," Grousbeck recalled. "It was a really thoughtful and nice text, lengthy text, and I responded and we had a nice back-and-forth. That doesn't always happen with players."

Grousbeck pointed to the exchange as evidence Irving and the Celtics are on good terms, even amid reports the All-Star point guard had soured on Boston by the end of his tenure.

"He's a guy that wants to have a good relationship, and we do have a good relationship," Grousbeck said of Irving. "He and the Celtics' organization have a positive relationship. We wish him kind of the best -- except when they're playing us."

The Irving-Boston "marriage" clearly wasn't meant to be, and even his ex-Celtics teammates admitted things got messy last season. But it appears the 27-year-old isn't burning every bridge on his way out.

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Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:


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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.