Trade now just his­tory

Boston Herald - - NHL / NBA SCOREBOARD / RACING - By MARK MUR­PHY Twit­ter: @Murf56


NEW YORK — There’s fi­nally a sun­rise in progress over the top of the Bar­clays Cen­ter. The Nets will have com­plete con­trol of their first-round draft pick in 2019, putting an end to five years of in­den­tured servi­tude at the hands of the Celtics.

Cleve­land, courtesy of last sum­mer’s Kyrie Irv­ing trade, now gets to root for Nets fail­ure lead­ing up to the 2018 draft. The Cavs can only hope to have the same level of good for­tune as the Celtics from the part­ner­ship, with Irv­ing, Jayson Ta­tum and Jaylen Brown the most ob­vi­ous fruits of the 2013 trade.

It’s un­der­stand­able Brad Stevens looks back on the re­sults of that fran­chisechang­ing trade as a long piece of his­tory. It has helped de­fine his ten­ure as Celtics coach.

“I don’t think I re­al­ized when I came here how big it was, be­cause it lit­er­ally was hap­pen­ing as I was talk­ing to Danny (Ainge) about com­ing here,” Stevens said be­fore the Celtics de­feated Brook­lyn, 109-102, last night. “And I was think­ing prob­a­bly more of it from a stand­point of coach­ing a team and know­ing you’re los­ing (Paul) Pierce, (Kevin) Gar­nett and those guys. You know, I’ve heard Danny talk about it a lot.

“That Nets team, as con­structed, we all thought would be re­ally good. And they went on es­pe­cially that year, went on a tear there for a while where they were re­ally, re­ally good. And it’s a hard deal to be able to project into the fu­ture. We’ve been for­tu­nate with re­gard to be­ing able to get some play­ers here in the draft that we think will help us for a long time. But it’s hard to project. Hey, at the end of the day, the un­pre­dictabil­ity is the tough part of those guys’ jobs.”

Fac­ing up to pain

Irv­ing re­turned to ac­tion with rel­a­tive haste — one game and 47:10 of an­other isn’t a long time to sit out for some­one suf­fer­ing a fa­cial frac­ture — and it turns out team­mate Aron Baynes wasn’t the only per­son who made con­tact with the guard’s face last Fri­day night.

Irv­ing felt the pain from an­other mo­ment of in­ad­ver­tent con­tact, while he was putting his daugh­ter to bed the night of the in­jury.

“It’s just ac­cept­ing that you have a bro­ken face and then go­ing about your busi­ness,” said Irv­ing, who re­turned to the lineup wear­ing a pro­tec­tive mask. “Like, that’s about it. The mask is just a safety pre­cau­tion. But I ob­vi­ously don’t want to get hit in it again. My daugh­ter hit me in my face the other day and, that right there, I al­most teared up. I did my ab­so­lute best not to cry in front of her. I was like, ‘Oh my good­ness, baby.’

“She hit me right on that spot. Like, lit­er­ally right af­ter. I came home and I was try­ing to put her to bed, and she hit me right on that spot by mis­take.”

But be­yond swelling and pain from con­tact — some­thing the mask will the­o­ret­i­cally pre­vent — Irv­ing said he was good to go last night.

“Just try­ing to get your pe­riph­eral vi­sion just to stay the same, un­der­stand­ing you’ve got a piece of plas­tic on your face. That’s about it,” said Irv­ing, who added he will wear the mask for about two weeks. “I hate wear­ing it, but some­how it’s caused a craze on In­sta­gram as well as so­cial me­dia, it’s masked man. But I un­der­stand that it’s just for my safety, so throw on the mask for a few weeks and go about my busi­ness.”

The re­mark­able part, ac­cord­ing to Irv­ing, is he wasn’t con­cussed.

“At first, I was in a daze a lit­tle bit. It was such a sur­pris­ing hit. It hap­pened so un­ex­pect­edly. I haven’t been hit like that in a while to where my nose starts bleed­ing.”

Count him as a fan

Adam Du­ritz, the Count­ing Crows vo­cal­ist, re­cently gave the fol­low­ing shoutout on Twit­ter to Brown:

“The first time I hung out with Jaylen Brown @FCHWPO he was an 18 or 19yr old fresh­man. My first thought was he should for­get wast­ing time in the NBA and just run for the Se­nate. But then I re­mem­bered Bill Bradley and thought... (shrug) why not just do it all?”

The Brown/Du­ritz friend­ship isn’t as out of the blue as it might ini­tially seem. The 53-year-old Du­ritz was a reg­u­lar at Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia bas­ket­ball games.

“Met him, talked to him, just kicked it with him. He’s a great guy,” Brown said. “We just talked about stuff. If it’s any­body who’s good at what they do and su­per pas­sion­ate about it, it’s just good to hear from them. And I feel like you can ap­ply it to bas­ket­ball.”


HOLD IT: Aron Baynes looks to pass as he’s de­fended by Brookyln’s Ti­mofey Moz­gov dur­ing last night’s game.

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