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Should this Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant video really worry Celtics fans?

Should this Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant video really worry Celtics fans?

Are you an NBA conspiracy theorist living in New York? Boy, do we have the video for you.

NBA reporter Ben Stinar shared a 24-second clip Monday morning of Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving having an animated discussion with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the tunnel of Charlotte's Spectrum Center at 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.

We don't know when exactly the video was recorded. We can't hear what Irving and Durant are saying. But at one point, Kyrie holds up two fingers to KD.

And that's all Knicks fans needed to see.

The Knicks just freed up two maximum contract slots by trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks before the deadline. Irving and Durant both are unrestricted free agents this summer, and both have been tied to New York in free agency.

So, Kyrie is clearly urging KD to join him and sign with the Knicks, right?

We can see why people are drawing this conclusion. The two close friends and USA Basketball teammates spent a lot of time together at All-Star Weekend, and both have unclear futures: After promising Celtics fans he'd re-sign in Boston, Irving recently told reporters to "ask (him) July 1" about his pending free agency, while Durant may seek a new challenge after three seasons in the Warriors' dynasty.

But what if Irving is pitching Durant on signing in Boston? What if he's telling his buddy about the two additional first-round picks the Celtics have in the 2019 NBA Draft? What if he's urging Durant to join an established title contender with a bright future instead of a dysfunctional franchise that's about to miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season?

The point is that there are many ways to interpret and dissect a random hallway conversation between two friends. They could be plotting to alter the NBA landscape by bolting for New York ... or they could be discussing dinner plans. ("Two appetizers for the price of one!")

Considering Irving's penchant for unpredictability, it's still way too early to draw conclusions about his future, regardless of what bread crumbs may appear. He could actually want to sign with Durant in New York today, then do a complete 180 after the Celtics rally for a deep postseason run.

So, if you hear a Knicks fan gloating about a Kyrie-KD power duo at Madison Square Garden, go ahead and remind them not to count their chickens before they hatch.

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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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