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Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

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Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

Kyrie Irving had been to three straight NBA Finals as a teammate of LeBron James, and the Cavs could have continued to dominate the East as long as James and Irving were together in Cleveland.

So his decision to walk away from a sure thing and try to become the focal point of his own championship-level team in Boston surprised some people. But not the Warriors' Draymond Green.

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“I wouldn't necessarily say it surprised me. I'd say more than anything, [it upped] the respect level I have for him,” Green said in a story posted on NBC Sports California. “That's tough to do. I don't think people take into account that he put so much pressure on himself by doing that . . .

“You have to deliver with that. He’s basically saying, ‘OK, I’m ready to deliver.’ . . . "

Green also admired the fact that Irving -- not a free agent -- couldn't pick and choose his destination.

“[He] could have gotten traded anywhere. But he pretty much said, ‘I don’t care where I go. I’m going to make it happen.’ That says a lot about who he is, as a competitor. His character. That says a lot about him . . .

“[The] willingness to do that, knowing the pressure that comes with that, and saying ‘I'm ready to do it. Let’s do it.' That's what stood out to me, more than anything.”

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Reports: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for two players and a pick

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Reports: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for two players and a pick

The New York Knicks have traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first with the news of the deal.

The Thunder add Anthony, 33, and Paul George, acquired in a trade this summer with the Indiana Pacers,  to a perennial Western Conference playoff team led by last season's NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

The pick going to New York is a 2018 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls. Anthony waived his no-trade clause to agree to deal, after being convinced to do so by Westbrook and George, Wojnarowski reports. 

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