The Gordon Hayward era has begun. The Celtics-might-not-love-Ray-Allen-so-much-anymore era continues.
Shortly after (finally) announcing they had signed the former Jazz small forward, the Celtics tweeted out a GIF of Hayward’s Boston jersey, which is No. 20.
The Celtics’ agreement with Hayward this month raised questions of whether the C’s would hold off on giving out No. 20 (which has not been worn by a Celtic since Allen) or if they would let Hayward wear it. Hayward wore No. 20 in college and over the first seven seasons of his NBA career prior to signing with the C’s.
Though Allen won a title with the Celtics in 2008, he does not hold strong relationships with the organization since leaving for Miami as a free agent after the 2011-12 season. Paul Pierce has said he kept to himself while with the Celtics, and he was not invited to Kevin Garnett's championship team reunion.
Isaiah Thomas appears to be channeling the New England Patriots' "No days off" slogan.
The Boston Celtics guard spent Friday night, in the middle of the NBA offseason, studying film. He was up past midnight to take a look at Boston Celtics' game tape, according to ESPN.com's Chris Foresberg, who posted a picture on Twitter of Thomas hard at work.
Thomas finished the 2016-17 season with 28.9 points per game, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes. He helped the Celtics earn the NBA Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, and contributed a handful of clutch performances as Boston charged to the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the series, 4-1.
Celtics forward Jaylen Brown joined in the Drive-By Dunk Challenge and tweeted a video that captured his thunderous slam.
We're thinking that's not a regulation height rim.
And the All-Star dunk contest next year might have to be sanctioned by NASCAR.