Shane Larkin is attempting his NBA comeback!

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Former first round pick, Shane Larkin, is about to kickstart his NBA career after being signed by the Boston Celtics after spending a year in the Euroleague. According to sources on Twitter, Larkin has left a $6.3 million deal on the table in Europe as he agrees to a deal to come back to the NBA.

According to David Pick on Twitter, Larkin was the best free agent, Euroleague point guard after Serbian guard Miloš Teodosić signed with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this month. Shane isn’t a stranger to the NBA as he was drafted 18th back in the 2013 draft class as he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks, however he fizzled out only just after three seasons in the NBA. Whilst playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks, the five – foot – eleven point guard only averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists.

Whilst playing the last season for Baskonia in Spain, Shane played 33 games and averaged around 13.1 points. Larkin is the latest addition to be added to the Celtic’s back-court which includes Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Along with this signing the Celtic’s have also drafted rookie guard Jabari Bird from the second round – 56th pick – of the 2017 draft class.

It’s evident that the Boston Celtics are looking anywhere and everywhere to bolster their point guard depth.

Boston and Washington, more than just a rivalry?

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Within the NBA there has been some notoriously famous rivalries  such as; the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, and most famously a rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. However, since Boston are one of the oldest organisations in the league, it’s fair to say that Boston have had rivalries with most of the Eastern Conference.

Although there are some quite famous rivals, there seems to be a new one coming into town: the rivalry between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. It all started a season ago when Marcus Smart inadvertently broke Wizards guard Bradley Beal’s nose when going for a simple lay-up.  The energy ramped up from there, with Beal being sent off for a technical foul against Smart.

At the end of the game, Wall went to have words with Jae Crowder near the Wizards bench and ending up with Crowder poking Wall in the nose, Wall tried to fight back by trying to slap Crowder, both ending when a heard of teammates, assistant coaches and officials broke both players apart. Both Crowder and Wall were fined, Crowder got slapped with a $25,000 fine for his role and Wall only took a $15,000 penalty.

After the game where Boston won 117-108 the trash talking was still not done as both teams were yelling at each other since their dressing rooms were close to each other. To prevent matters from escalating even worse, police officers were stood outside each hallway. Wizards forward Otto Porter spoke about the aftermath and how Boston were playing dirty. However, Boston guard Isaiah Thomas responded, “If playing hard is dirty, then I guess we are a dirty team.”

The next match up against the Celtics and the Wizards was back in Washington, for an all-black affair, courtesy of Bradley Beal, to signify Boston’s funeral. It seemed that Beal’s fashion choice backed with the rest of the Wizards as they won 123-108.

Despite tying the series in the regular season 2-2, Boston and Washington haven’t met in the first round of the playoffs since the 1984 playoffs. Even though both Boston and Washington have paved their way through the first round, the second round would see the two teams go up against each other and who is best to harness the energy and go through to the Eastern Conference Finals, which for Washington, hasn’t happened since 1978.

The Boston Celtics will give Paul Pierce the highest honour.

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The Boston Celtics will give Paul Pierce the highest honour which is bestowed upon any basketball player and that will be having their jersey retired to the rafters. Pierce’s 34 jersey will become the latest in a long line of Celtics legends to be hung within the TD Garden. Pierce however won’t be alone as he’ll have the company of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell just to name a few.

This announcement comes days after Pierce retired from his last NBA game which was against the Utah Jazz in their round one game seven where the Jazz won 104-91. Pierce retired from the NBA after playing nineteen seasons, fifteen of those years were spent playing with the Boston Celtics who drafted him back in 1998 and was the tenth overall pick. Pierce was also traded to the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards before ending his career at the LA Clippers.

Throughout the 2007-08 NBA season, Pierce won a championship with the Celtics along with the help of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to earn Boston their seventeenth championship. Even though Garnett and Allen only spent six and five years in Boston respectively, their time in Boston was shorter then Pierce’s, their jersey’s – which number five belongs to Garnett and number 20 which belongs to Allen – are still being discussed about what number is going to be retired next. Another more recent candidate about retiring a jersey is no other than Rajon Rondo who spent his first eight and the beginning of his ninth season in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.

Pierce was given a nickname from Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal after the Lakers 112-107 victory over the Celtics back in March 2001. O’Neal pulled a reporter over and indicated to his notepad that he should write this down. “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the motherfucking truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the Truth.”

Just a month before the NBA 2016-17 season was about to start Pierce made the announcement that the current season was about to become his last and speaking to the The Players Tribune, Pierce was about to enjoy every last bus ride, plane ride, practice’s and team dinners as he was set to retire.

“This is it. My final season.”