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Blake Griffin puts Boston on Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities

Blake Griffin puts Boston on Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities

Impending free agent Blake Griffin, a recurring guest on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take,” joined Monday’s episode for the show’s Mt. Rushmore segment, perhaps revealing mutual interest between he and the Celtics in the process. 

Used to mock the downtime of the sports season that takes place between the end of the NBA and NHL playoffs and the beginning of football season, the Mt. Rushmore segment sees the hosts list their top four of anything, from “bald people” to “power moves” to, ahead of last year’s home run derby, “things chicks dig.” 

With Griffin, the Mt. Rushmore focused on NBA cities, as hosts Dan Katz and PFT Commenter regularly try to pry information about Griffin’s future from him. Boston was one of Griffin’s four. 

“This has nothing to do with you being a free agent,” Katz said. “We’re just world travelers ourselves.” 

Griffin listed New York -- which he called his “favorite city to visit” and praised for Madison Square Garden’s atmosphere -- Phoenix and Toronto as his other three cities. Boston was the fourth city he named. 

“Is that all of you, or is that just half of you that thinks Boston is a great NBA city?” PFT Commenter followed up. Griffin is biracial, born to a black father and white mother. 

“I guess it depends on who you talk to. Definitely half of me. I mean, half of me loves it,” Griffin responded. “The other half, it’s hit-and-miss. Depends on who I run into. Depends on what story I read about people being heckled at a Red Sox game.” 

Adrian Wojnarowski said last week that the Celtics are considered a favorite to sign Griffin in free agency. The 2009 first overall pick has spent his entire career with the Clippers. 

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

The Celtics announced that they will retire former captain Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey Sunday, Feb. 11, when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. 

The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Pierce, the franchise No. 2 all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek, played 15 years in Boston and helped the C's win their 17th title in 2008.

His No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics.

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca had told the Boston Globe on Thursday that the Pierce jersey retirement would be this season.

Last month, Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics so he could officially retire with the Green.