Kyrie Irving Reverses Course on Prior Commitment to Remain with Boston Celtics

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NY has now started February with a loss after losing 24 of 27 games in December and January. I can sit up here and say I want to be one of those guys, but a lot of great players have come through in Celtics history.

"It's nothing but a distraction at this point", Irving, a New Jersey native, said afterward of the cheers from the Knicks' faithful.

"Ask me July 1", Irving said, per ESPN.com's Ian Begley.

"Like I said, I'm appreciative of the fan support I get in any arena".

Before the 2018-19 season kicked off, Irving made a public statement in front of thousands of Celtics fans saying he plans to re-sign with the team after this season.

Beyond the Knicks' trade of Porzingis, a potential deal involving New Orleans star Anthony Davis - who can't be dealt to Boston before July 1 unless Irving is traded - also has muddied the National Basketball Association landscape.

A brief "We want Kyrie!". Marcus Morris was next in line after Irving with 18 points, Gordon Hayward had 14 points and Al Horford played terrifically in all facets of the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a block.

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Damyean Dotson led NY with 22 points while rookie Kevin Knox scored 21 to keep things close.

"I know it's a big market and everybody likes NY, but the question is, with the stuff that's been going on with management, can they lure a Kevin Durant or a big-time player to come play?"

At the Pepsi Centre in Colorado, Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 13 rebounds while Malik Beasley (35) and Torrey Craig (22 off the bench) had career highs for Denver, who last beat the Rockets in 2015.

Irving could have said nothing, but he didn't.

"I can't think that way".

"I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston", Ainge said. "I'm going to carry that for a while". Not that they had a player as good as Porzingis during those dark years, but their cap-clearing moves were mostly inconsequential salary swaps involving the likes of Jared Jeffries and Tracy McGrady.

"I've spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business, and I don't owe anybody s--", he added, according to the Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

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