Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 9

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Jan. 9

Nick Cotsonika with a thoughtful take on the job NHL commissioner Gary Bettman undertook in the recent CBA negotiations, and the deal that he delivered to the NHL owners.

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired GM Brian Burke prior to the NHL Board of Governors meeting this afternoon. What a stunner. Burke wont be out of work for very long at all.

Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek hears all the buyout talk from fans of the Maple Leafs, and he wants to quiet them down.

Great account of the experience covering the NHL lockout in New York City over the last few months. Its a pretty fair depiction of both the monotony and the surreal nature of the entire experience.

The Wednesday afternoon Board of Governors vote on an NHL agreement could also be an unofficial one on commissioner Gary Bettman.

Tyler Seguin reportedly left his Switzerland apartment in shambles after reporting back to Boston for NHL duty. One note: The story is incorrect about Seguins living history. The 20-year-old lived by himself during his rookie NHL season in Boston.

Is Ilya Kovalchuk not coming back to the NHL? Yikes. Look out below in New Jersey if that happens.

For something completely different: Justin Bieber will host and perform in an episode of Saturday Night Live this season. I truly had nothing else of substance to put in this space. For shame.

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.