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Tacko Fall: Enes Kanter 'the type of person that I always want to be around'

Tacko Fall: Enes Kanter 'the type of person that I always want to be around'

Tacko Fall and Enes Kanter have spent quite a bit of time together this offseason. From workouts, to cheat days, to social media support, the two appear to have a budding friendship and share a mutual admiration.

At Boston Celtics media day, Fall spoke about his relationship with Kanter and praise his teammate for being "such a great person."

"Enes is the type of person that I always want to be around," Fall said to reporters. "He has such a positive aura around him and (he's) such a great person (with) the biggest heart. He's played in the NBA for so many years. For me as a rookie, I'm just trying to be around him to soak in as much as possible. I'm trying to learn how to last in the NBA and how to -- especially be involved in the community. He has done a lot of that and that's something I want to do as well."

That's certainly high praise for Kanter, who has been nothing but a positive force since he arrived in Boston and recently just finished up a tour de force of basketball camps across the country. Seeing him take on a bit of a mentor role with Fall is definitely good news.

Fall "soaking in" knowledge from Kanter could help him both on and off the court. During his career, Kanter has averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game. If he can help Fall to develop on the court, that will give the 7-foot-7 big man a chance to make the Celtics roster and have a lasting impact on the team.

And off the court, it seems that the two are kindred spirits. So hopefully, they will remain close throughout their time together in Boston.

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

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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.

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“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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