News Roundup: City Edition, Tatum, & more!

Here are some recent headlines in the world of the Celtics.

1. The C’s unveil their new City Edition uniforms

Ever since Nike took over making NBA uniforms back in 2017, they have made a habit of changing each team’s City Edition uniform on an annual basis. The Celtics unveiled their new City Edition uniforms today, and they are primarily green with gold and black accents, even though the leaked image from Ines Kanter’s Instagram story indicated that they might have been teal (which Kanter blamed on the lightning of his surrounding). These uniforms harken back to the team’s St. Patrick’s Day uniforms from the pre-Nike era, but feature a Gaelic font.

The team has announced that they will wear their City Edition uniforms on the following dates:

November 27th vs Brooklyn
November 29th at Brooklyn
December 6th vs Denver
December 12th vs Philadelphia
December 25th at Toronto
January 9th at Philadelphia
January 16th at Milwaukee
January 20th vs LA Lakers
January 30th vs Golden State
February 13th vs LA Clippers
February 23rd at LA Lakers
March 3rd vs Brooklyn
March 15th at Chicago
March 18th vs New York
March 20th at Toronto
April 3rd vs Orlando
April 15th vs Chicago

Personally, I am a fan of this uniforms, but it’s hard not to see them as a downgrade from last year’s minimalistic iteration of the City Edition.

2. Tatum earns PG13’s respect

Jayson Tatum was unbelievable during the Celtics’ 107-104 overtime loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night, as he led Boston with 30 points. Tatum’s main highlight came late in the fourth quarter when he broke Paul George’s ankles, and hit a three-pointer to tie the game.

Following the game, George had this to say about Tatum.

3. Kyrie Irving’s “homecoming” may not be happening

One of the most anticipated games on Boston’s 2019 schedule was the return of ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving, with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets. Due to a shoulder injury, Irving’s status for next Wednesday’s game at the TD Garden has been in question, which may deprive the Boston faithful from giving him a “warm” welcome.

For his part, Celtics GM Danny Ainge hopes that the Boston crowd doesn’t boo Irving if he is present for the game.

4. The front office makes the team’s core untouchable

The Celtics are consistently mentioned as a team willing to make a move when there’s an opportunity to improve its roster, due to their vast array of assets (whether it be players or picks). However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Celtics have made it clear to other teams that key members of the team, such as Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart are “absolutely not available.” This likely means that the Celtics would have to give up draft picks if they wanted to procure an improvement at center.

 

 

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(Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

 

News Roundup: Kyrie’s style, Hayward’s bounce-back and more!

Here are some of the recent headlines in the world of the Celtics.

1. The effect of getting a haircut

Kyrie Irving made headlines over the off-season due to the afro and headband he debuted during 2018’s Media Day. Irving did not have the greatest start to this season, as he was heavily inconsistent and struggled to make shots, with Jayson Tatum being the C’s main weapon. This came to a head when he scored only 3 points during the Celtics’ win in Detroit.

Prior to the Celtics welcoming the Pistons on October 30th, Kyrie got a haircut and ditched the headband, and proceeded to score a team-high 31 points to lead the C’s to another win over Detroit. He followed this performance with a 28 point outing during a victory over the previously undefeated Milwaukee Bucks.

Let’s hope that Kyrie’s new haircut continues to fuel great performances.

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(Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

2. Nike and Kyrie debut the Kyrie 5’s

Earlier this week, Nike debuted Kyrie Irving’s latest signature model, the Kyrie 5. This shoe takes inspiration from earlier Kyrie models, and also continues to innovate forward. Interestingly enough, the quarter of the shoe features the Illuminati symbol, as a reference to Kyrie’s strong belief in conspiracy theories.

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(Photo via Nike)

Check out this article from SLAM, which details the inspiration behind this shoe.

3. Hayward continues to propel forward

Celtics’ fans have been maintaining a keen interest in Gordon Hayward’s performance, due to his return from the horrifying ankle injury he suffered last year. Similarly to Kyrie, Hayward has been inconsistent since the season started, which has caused several pundits to question whether he was worth the investment Boston paid for him. Hence, it was encouraging to see his outing against the Bucks on November 1st, when he scored 18 points, and had a good defensive performance. Also, there was a sequence in the game when Hayward came down hard on the left ankle he fractured last season, but he was able to shake it off and continue playing. When asked about that incident, Hayward mentioned that his left foot was sore, but that he would be fine.

Hayward has a big game coming up on November 9th, when the Celtics visit his former team, the Utah Jazz.

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(Winslow Townson/ USA TODAY Sports)

4. City Edition

Last season, the Celtics wore a mediocre grey uniform, which was dubbed the ‘City Edition’ by Nike.

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(Photo via Nike)

Recently, the 2018-19 iteration of the City Edition uniform was leaked on Twitter, and it appears that Nike took inspiration from the old St. Patrick’s Day alternate, as this uniform is white with green and gold trim, and I have to say that this is a marked improvement.

Expect the Celtics to officially unveil this uniform sometime in the next week.

5. Looking ahead

The Celtics have a tough slate coming up, as they travel west to take on teams such as the Jazz, Trail Blazers, and Nuggets.