The call by NBA players and coaches for a shorter preseason slate of games has been answered.
Usually a seven or eight-game affair, the Boston Celtics’ four-game preseason schedule begins Oct. 2 at the TD Garden against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Celtics will alternate home and away games against the Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers who will host Boston for a 7 p.m. Oct. 6 matchup followed by the Celtics hosting the Sixers and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz on Oct. 9 at the TD Garden.
Boston’s preseason schedule ends on Oct. 11 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.
All of the Celtics’ preseason matchups will be televised on Comcast SportsNet with Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn and Brian Scalabrine calling the games with sideline reporter Abby Chin and Kyle Draper along with A. Sherrod Blakely providing all of CSN New England’s pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the preseason.
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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President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.
One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul also weighed in:
NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty, also chimed in on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem, most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.