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Will Kyrie Irving have a smooth transition from Celtics to Nets?

Will Kyrie Irving have a smooth transition from Celtics to Nets?

Kyrie Irving had a rough go at life with the Boston Celtics, but will his transition to the Brooklyn Nets be a smooth one?

NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg were joined by Nets beat writer Brian Lewis of the New York Post to discuss Irving's move to Brooklyn on this week's episode of the "Celtics Talk" podcast. Lewis believes Irving will a better fit with his new team because he's been welcomed wholeheartedly, but things could change quickly if Irving's attitude gets in the way.

"Well, I mean by all accounts they've welcomed him with open arms," Lewis said. "Now, you know, that remains to be seen how long that continues, what happens if somebody doesn't get him the ball at the end of the game and misses a last-second shot and he looks sideways at him. We'll see. We'll see how long this lasts. But it looks like they've welcomed him with open arms."

Irving has always wanted to return home to Brooklyn, and teaming up with Kevin Durant might just be enough to keep him happy. If things turn into a "us-versus-them" situation, then things could get worse, according to Lewis.

"Here, one the difference is he'll tell you that he's home, right. And two, Kyrie and KD (Durant) have preexisting relationships with a lot of these guys," Lewis said. "So, now as long as this does not become the 'old guard versus the new guard' or the 'real Nets versus the FOK's (friends of Kevin),' as long as you don't get that type of a situation, it should pave the way for things to go a little more smoothly. At least that's my thought process. But we'll see. We'll see if that ends up being the case."

The former Celtics point guard has to be ready to give the Nets 100-percent effort with Kenny Atkinson as his new head coach. It could get ugly if he gives anything less.

"That's true. And again, it's -- D'Angelo (Russell) made the All-Star game last year. Now granted, injury sub, but he made the All-Star Game at 23 and he was getting benched early in the season," Lewis said. "Benched, they were just pulling him. I mean, I remember one play, Kenny about lost his mind. And he just pulled him, sat him right there on the bench and let him sit there and watch the whole fourth quarter."

It definitely sounds like Irving will find success in New York, provided he keeps an open mind and is willing to put in the effort necessary. If he doesn't, he may find himself in the same situation he was in during his time with Boston.

Also on this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Lewis says he believes there's a chance Kevin Durant will return from his injury this season. Listen below:

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

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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