By Steve Bulpett | [email protected] | Boston HeraldApril 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm As the Celtics prepare to meet the Bucks in Sunday’s opener of their conference semifinal series, we welcome you to what has become the annual flogging of Danny Ainge for not picking Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA draft. The Celt president of basketball operations is certainly not the only one in his profession on the firing line for letting this Mediterranean gem slip through his fingers, but as Antetokounmpo has evolved into an MVP candidate, Ainge is even more willing to take the paddle to himself these days. “Sure, I mean, I second-guess a lot of guys,” he said. “But, yeah, based on the information I had at the time of the draft, I don’t really second-guess. “But based on the information from when I first saw him in the summer league, I absolutely started second-guessing,” Ainge added through a chuckle, his eyes widening. “Like, … [Read more...] about Danny Ainge on Giannis: A lot like LeBron in some ways
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By Rich Thompson | [email protected] | Boston HeraldApril 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm Kyrie Irving dismissed the notion of a Big Three carrying the Celtics deep into the playoffs. In the 1980s, the C’s were defined by Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. In winning banner No. 17 in 2008, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed the key troika. When asked if he, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward were the franchise’s next Big Three, Irving thought the idea antiquated and counterproductive. The three will be on the court together for the first time in the postseason when the Celtics engage the Indiana Pacers in the opening round. “I’ve always hated the whole title driven idea of like separating the most talented guys on the team and call them the Big Three they all rely on and all depend on,” Irving said Wednesday after practice. “That recipe has never worked for us in terms of just being realistic which is how great we are as … [Read more...] about Celtics guard Kyrie Irving dismisses notion of a new Big 3 in Boston
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 11:19 pm | UPDATED: April 5, 2019 at 4:14 am LOS ANGELES – The time technically called for both the Warriors and Lakers to huddle among themselves. But as the end of a second-quarter timeout approached, the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Lakers’ LeBron James considered that a good time to catch up. Naturally, the TNT cameramen focused their lenses on Durant and James. Naturally, Durant and James covered their mouths since they knew that millions of lip readers would attempt to decode. It sure beats the intrigue over the Warriors’ 108-90 victory over the Lakers on Thursday without James playing in it after being recently shut down for the remainder of the season. “Everybody wants to know what we’re talking about,” Durant said. “It wasn’t even that serious. Just laughing and joking and catching up.” Of course, that explanation might … [Read more...] about What did Kevin Durant and LeBron James discuss?
Charlotte, N.C. — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to James — and Team LeBron as well.Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain's-choice format for a second consecutive season."You put me on the floor, I love to compete," James said in the postgame interview room. "I'm a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I could get to this table first."He wasn't kidding. He then turned to NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, asked if he was the first player to get into the room and grinned when told he was."See what I'm talking about?" James … [Read more...] about NBA All-Star Game 2019: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 178-164
Cork Gaines, provided by Published 7:12 pm PST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 TNT Kyrie Irving revealed that he called LeBron James to apologize for the way he acted when they were teammates with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While many looked at the comments as Irving growing up, some in the basketball world raised an eyebrow at what seemed to be Irving taking a shot at his current teammates. Charles Barkley did not hold back during the "NBA on TNT," saying he would have "whooped his a--" if they were teammates and Irving had thrown him under the bus. You can see Barkley's comments in a video at the bottom of this post. Kyrie Irving made headlines on Thursday when he revealed to the media that he called LeBron James to apologize for how he acted when they were teammates with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Read more: LeBron James was eating dinner with Kevin Love when Kyrie Irving called to apologize for bristling at LeBron's leadership on the Cavs But while many fans and people in … [Read more...] about Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving over LeBron James apology: ‘I would have whooped his a–‘