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Kyrie Irving's high school coach offers thoughts on Irving, Celtics

Kyrie Irving's high school coach offers thoughts on Irving, Celtics

Needless to say, the Kyrie Irving era did not go as many had hoped it would. After being acquired by the Boston Celtics in a trade package centered around fan-favorite Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and the No. 8 pick, Irving spent two seasons with the Celtics. And the results were mixed.

In his first season, the Celtics outperformed expectations in the wake of Gordon Hayward's brutal injury in the season opener. Irving was great on the floor and while he didn't play in the postseason, he seemed to have a future in Boston. He even indicated that he would return to Boston early before the season, much to the delight of Boston fans.

However, things changed during the season.

Irving was still solid on the court, but the Celtics failed to live up to expectations. They never fit together well enough and couldn't sustain their winning ways. As the season went along, Irving became someone of a malcontent and changed his tune about re-signing. Now, it is a foregone conclusion that Irving won't return in free agency and the latest rumors have connected him to the Brooklyn Nets.

While Irving's departure is likely to change the fabric of the Celtics, Danny Ainge hasn't been worried about it. And Irving's high school coach recently expressed similar sentiments and intimated that a split between the two sides would be mutually beneficial.

“Obviously the team did not achieve like they would have wanted or he would have wanted,” Irving's high school coach Kevin Boyle said in an interview with Tara Sullivan of The Boston Globe. “They have a terrific coach, a really good GM, really good players. They just didn’t jell.

“I think hopefully everybody takes what they’ve been accountable for and tries to see how they can move forward in their own careers, correct that and go forward. Usually after that, most guys, intelligent people, are going to look at it objectively when they get out of it, think what could I have done differently, and I think they’re all going to have great years.

“I think Boston is going to be happy with their season next year; there’s too much talent there."

It's certainly possible that the Celtics could be in for a quick bounce back. They have a lot of young talent -- namely Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown -- but they also have the ability to add some players in free agency. They will have somewhere between $24 million and $32 million in cap space depending on what they do with their own free agents. So, they will be able to reshape their roster and build around their young players.

Either way, it seems that moving on is a good move for both sides as Irving's relationship with Boston had just become too strained. Perhaps both parties will find success in the upcoming season.

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WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

WATCH: Belichick's classic answer to halftime question about Josh Gordon

Bill Belichick has left us with yet another hilarious interview bit.

At halftime of the New England Patriots' preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Belichick was asked if he had anything to add to the statement he had released about Josh Gordon's return to the team. Gordon, who was reinstated by the NFL on Friday, is now eligible to join the Patriots.

However, Belichick gave a very short answer and didn't elaborate much in this comical exchange captured by Boston 25 News' Chad Amaral.

Instant classic.

In fairness, Belichick does have a point. There was a statement released earlier in the day. But given how quickly Gordon's return was announced, it was also fair to see if the coach had anything extra to add. Belichick just happened to be focused on the game, so he didn't want to talk about Gordon's reinstatement.

Gordon's addition could end up being big for the Patriots' receiving corps, so maybe Belichick will show him more love once he actually gets back onto the field.

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca 'almost crashed his car' when he heard of Kemba's interest

This offseason, the Boston Celtics were in a state of flux. With the impending departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it seemed that the team was entering a rebuilding phase in which they would have to build around their young talent.

Instead, the team was able to retool. That was largely thanks to Kemba Walker's interest in joining the team. Walker's interest surprised their co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, who shared how he reacted when he heard the news.

"I almost crashed my car when I heard that," Pagliuca said, per Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe.

It's easy to understand why Pagliuca was so surprised. Walker, who had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, could've gotten a supermax to stay put with the Hornets. Instead, he wanted to join a winner and evidently was impressed with the Celtics.

Walker should be the perfect replacement for Kyrie Irving and should help to build better chemistry in a locker room that dealt with numerous issues last year. And Walker's addition plus the acquisition of rookies Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters has done a lot to transform the Celtics' personality, as Pagliuca noted.

"There’s just really a positive attitude from everybody this year," Pagliuca said, per Yang. "We’ve got a bunch of hard-working players that really want to achieve. We couldn’t ask for anything more."

After last season, that should be refreshing to Celtics fans, especially if they can stay competitive in what should be a wide-open Eastern Conference outside of the favored No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

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