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Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Boston Celtics plan to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 during the season next year, cementing his 15-year legacy with the franchise.

The Celtics announced Friday they will honor Pierce after a midseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Feb. 11.

A 10-time All-Star, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics, helping the club to the NBA title in 2008.


Durant rips Trump, won't do White House

(TSX / STATS) -- If the Golden State Warriors are invited to the White House, Kevin Durant said he will not visit with President Donald Trump to celebrate the team's 2017 championship.

Durant was honored in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. and the 2017 Finals MVP told ESPN he will not attend any possible ceremony with Trump.


Ex-Lakers, Royals F Tommy Hawkins dies

(TSX / STATS) -- Former NBA player Tommy Hawkins, who was also a college star at Notre Dame, has died. He was 80.

Hawkins, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cincinnati Royals, died in Malibu, Calif., on Wednesday, according to family members. No cause of death was revealed.


James calls Trump 'so-called president'

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James referred to President Donald Trump as the "so-called president of the United States" while calling for unity in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., tragedy over the weekend.

During his annual family reunion charitable event Tuesday night in Sandusky, Ohio, James gave an emotional speech as he held his daughter, Zhuri, in his arms and was flanked by his two sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, while standing on stage before students, parents, Cavs teammate JR Smith and pop musician Jordin Sparks.


NBA unveils complete 2017-18 schedule

(TSX / STATS) -- The NBA offseason featured plenty of movement. However, two notable stars who changed addresses will have to wait until the new year to face their former teams at the place they used to call home.

The NBA released its regular-season schedule on Monday, with Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward returning to Chicago and Utah, respectively, in 2018.


Durant apologizes for India comments

(TSX / STATS) -- Forward Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors issued an apology for comments he claims were "taken out of context" regarding the development of basketball in India.

In a Q&A with Durant that appeared in The Athletic earlier this week, he was quoted as saying that the country is "20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience."


Raptors sign former Gonzaga star Wiltjer

(TSX / STATS) -- The Toronto Raptors signed forward Kyle Wiltjer, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TSN reported the contract was for one year.


Nuggets add Weiss, Booth to staff

(TSX / STATS) -- The Denver Nuggets hired veteran NBA coach and player Bob Weiss to join head coach Michael Malone's staff as an assistant coach.

Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, also announced Wednesday the hiring of Calvin Booth as assistant general manager.


Lakers sign ex-Hornets, Warriors G Weber

(TSX / STATS) -- The Los Angeles Lakers signed guard Briante Weber on Monday, the team announced.

Although terms of the contract were not announced, multiple media outlets reported last week that it would be a one-year deal.


Cavs' Irving interested in joining Clips

(TSX / STATS) -- LeBron James might be considering whether to bring his talents to Los Angeles next season, and there's a chance Kyrie Irving could be going with him.

In a manner of speaking.

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