This new Kyrie Irving billboard won't sit well with Celtics fans

This new Kyrie Irving billboard won't sit well with Celtics fans

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By now, it's safe to say the majority of Celtics fans have moved on from their ex Kyrie Irving and are happy with their new star Kemba Walker.

But the former C's guard's "I plan on re-signing here next year" speech, followed by a drama-filled 2018-19 campaign and his subsequent decision to leave Boston for Brooklyn in free agency, have undoubtedly made him public enemy No. 1 in Boston.

A new Nike billboard outside Madison Square Garden won't help Irving's cause, as it shows he wanted to leave the Celtics for Brooklyn all along.

"In my heart, I knew I always wanted to play at home," the billboard reads.

Check it out below:


Irving, a New Jersey native, grew up a fan of the New Jersey Nets and has made it clear since signing with Brooklyn that the prospect of "coming home" is what ultimately swayed his decision.

Still, given the 27-year-old's tumultuous tenure in Boston, a billboard emphasizing where his heart was all along probably won't sit well with C's fans.

Five games into the season, the Celtics sit at 4-1 while Irving and the Nets (3-4) aim to bounce back from a rocky start.

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Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

The first teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary dropped Monday, and it looks like a must-watch for basketball fans.

In the trailer, KG tells a story about encountering NBA legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at a gym in Chicago in 1995 and how that was where he found out he could enter the NBA Draft straight out of high school.

"We get in there, Mike Jordan in there. Scottie Pippen was in there," Garnett says.

"I jumped in, I tied my [shoes] up, and then Jordan was like 'let's go.' I just remember Pippen saying that I was too young to be out here ... and it was Isiah Thomas like, 'I saw you play Scottie Pippen, you could play in the league right now. And when he said that, the world stopped ... He said, 'Boy, do you know you can go to the league from high school?'"

Watch below (video contains explicit language):

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Knowing how great of a storyteller Garnett is, this documentary definitely won't lack in entertainment value.

The last couple of weeks certainly have been notable for KG. On Feb. 13, the Celtics revealed they will retire his No. 5 jersey. The following day, Garnett was named as a finalist for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Showtime's Garnett documentary is set for a Fall 2020 release.

NBA Power Rankings: How things change after All-Star weekend

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NBA Power Rankings: How things change after All-Star weekend

BOSTON -- The 69th NBA All-Star delivered something we haven’t seen in quite a while - a competitive game. 

The final score, a 157-155 win for Team LeBron, underscores how the NBA found the cheat code in balancing entertaining basketball with a legitimately competitive game. 

There will likely be some tweaks made for next year’s game (suggestion: Games have to end on a field goal made, and if a team fouls a player when the game is within one possession, the player has to go to the bench for the rest of the game).

Now that the All-Star game is in the rearview mirror of the season, the focus for many shifts almost entirely towards the postseason. 

The last week leading up to the All-Star break did little to shake up the upper chambers of the NBA standings, but the jockeying among teams with middle-of-the-pack status, as well as those on the outside of the playoff picture looking to get in, will provide much of what we saw in the All-Star game - a competitive, entertaining brand of basketball.

Click here for A. Sherrod Blakely's NBA Power Rankings