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Pierce, Garnett Moved by Celtics’ Tribute

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(T)heir (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett) highly-anticipated return to Boston Sunday night — Game No. 42 of the regular season for the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets — proved to be the most difficult game either of the future Hall of Famers has ever had to endure.

“I was telling Kevin, I was telling everybody — this was the toughest game I ever had to play,” Pierce said after he and Garnett were treated like rock stars at TD Garden, receiving raucous ovations and emotional video tributes that nearly moved them to tears before the Nets beat the Celtics 85-79 in front of a sellout crowd.

Garnett called the Celtics’ treatment of him and Pierce Sunday night “over the top.”

via Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York

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Sources: Trail Blazers, Terry Stotts Agree to Part Ways

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After a fourth first-round playoff exit in five seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and coach Terry Stotts mutually agreed to part ways on Friday, sources told ESPN.

Among candidates expected to be considered for the Blazers opening, sources tell ESPN: Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Jeff Van Gundy, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, and Michigan’s Juwan Howard.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Jason Kidd, Lloyd Pierce Expected to Be Candidates for Celtics’ Head Coach

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Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd and former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce are expected to be head-coaching candidates for the Boston Celtics, league sources tell @YahooSports.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Danny Ainge to Resign, Celtics to Name Brad Stevens President of Basketball Operations

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Danny Ainge is expected to step down as President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, sources tell ESPN. Brad Stevens is expected to assume a more prominent front office role with the team.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens is planning to transition from his current role into becoming the new head of basketball ops. of the Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic
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Danny Ainge plans to resign from his role as Celtics President, sources said.


Brad Stevens is moving from his head coaching role to leading the Celtics basketball operations — and Stevens will lead the search for the Celtics‘ new head coach, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania on Twitter

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