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Kyrie Irving will bring his famous “Uncle Drew” character to movie theaters this summer, fulfilling a dream that traces back to his high school days.

In an interview with The Undefeated’s Kelly L. Carter, the Boston Celtics point guard explained how he was first inspired to give acting a shot during his senior year.

“My appreciation for film and actors has been (building) since I was a kid,” he said. “I took a chance, playing in ‘High School Musical’ my senior year of high school. (This was) to overcome a fear of public speaking. I had a deep passion for musical theater. I used to sing ‘Rent’ songs all around my house and listen to it before games.”

Irving continued: “I actually played Corbin Bleu’s part – I was … trying to break free of the mold of just being an athlete. It was an incredible experience.”

“Uncle Drew” is slated to be released in the United States on June 29. In addition to playing the lead character, Irving also recorded a song for the movie’s soundtrack.

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Kyrie Irving is eligible to sign a contract extension in the offseason, but the Boston Celtics star isn’t ready for a commitment that could potentially leave millions of dollars on the table.

Although his season ended rather disappointingly, missing the Celtics’ unexpected playoff run while tending to his ailing left knee, the All-Star point guard prefers to play out the final year of his deal.

“Contractually, financially, (an extension) just doesn’t make any sense,” Irving said, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

The extension in question would be over four seasons, worth approximately $108 million, with a starting salary of $21.3 million in 2019. However, if Irving were to sign a max contract next summer after opting out of his player option, he would be able to ink a five-year deal worth approximately $188 million. The final season of that max deal would be worth north of $42 million in 2023-24.

Until then, Irving’s priority is getting back to 100 percent and returning next season to push toward another deep playoff run with a fully healthy roster.

“I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year,” Irving said. “Really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. Until I get to that point, then I can’t really answer any questions. I’m pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won’t happen now.”

Whether to mock his Rookie of the Year candidacy or merely prop up Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, the Boston faithful serenaded Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons with jeers throughout Game 1, chanting “Not a rookie” when Simmons was at the charity stripe.

Simmons said he was unphased by the raucous crowd.

“I don’t care. It doesn’t affect me at all,” Simmons said, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

By the letter of the law, the Sixers point forward is in his maiden NBA campaign after missing what would have been his rookie year in 2016-17 due to injury. Certain factions – most vocally out of Salt Lake City – have attempted to dismiss or discredit Simmons’ rookie status, pointing to the undoubtedly valuable experience of being around the team last season.

Rookie or not, Simmons is a potential game-changer for the upstart Sixers. If the taunts about his rookie status aren’t adversely impacting his game, Celtics fans would be wise to let that sleeping dog lie.

Injuries have left their mark on the Boston Celtics‘ season.

Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will undergo another surgery on his left knee and miss four-to-five months to recover, the team announced Thursday.

Irving will have two screws removed from his knee that were installed in 2015 after he fractured his kneecap in the NBA Finals. The fracture has completely healed but a bacterial infection had developed around the screws, which necessitated another surgery.

It was initially reported Irving would miss three-to-six weeks to correct a lingering knee issue. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said he wasn’t “concerned at all” and it was not a “long-term” issue.

Boston will turn to the combination of Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin to hold the fort at point guard, while Marcus Morris has stepped up to fill the scoring load. But it will be difficult to replace Irving’s production, as he is averaging a team-best 24.4 points per game this season.

This latest blow for Boston bookends a trying season in which it lost Irving in March and lost Gordon Hayward to a gruesome ankle injury five minutes into the season. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens still cobbled together the best defense in the league and held the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for two months, but Boston has since slowed down and yielded that spot to the Toronto Raptors.

The Golden State Warriors continue to cement themselves as one of the greatest teams ever.

The reigning champions defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night to improve to 54-18 on the season and 312-88 (.780) in 400 contests. The victory saw the Warriors clinch the record for the most wins and highest winning percentage over five seasons, per Elias Sports Bureau.

They eclipsed the mark set by the Boston Celtics, who boasted a 311-99 (.759) record from 1981-86 with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish leading the charge.

By this metric, Golden State’s five-year range of dominance began in Mark Jackson’s last season as head coach, when the club finished with 51 wins and was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. Since Steve Kerr took over that summer, the team has enjoyed consistent 60-plus-win seasons and set an NBA record with 73 regular-season victories in 2015-16. The Warriors have also made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, capturing the championship last year and in 2015.

Though the Warriors have widely been regarded as title favorites again this year, recent events have put that into question. All four of their best players are nursing injuries, with two-time MVP Stephen Curry suffering an MCL sprain Friday night fresh off recovering from an ankle injury.

Golden State sits second in the Western Conference, four games behind the Houston Rockets with 10 matchups remaining on the 82-game slate.

Paul Pierce was enshrined into Boston Celtics folklore after the team retired his No. 34 on Sunday, but he’s apparently not the only member of the team’s 2008 championship-winning side who will receive the honor.

Kevin Garnett, a key figure in their last conquest who averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over six seasons in Boston is supposedly next in line to have his jersey retired, Pierce told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. Although Garnett first emerged as one of the greatest power forwards in the league during his first 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Pierce says he would prefer to be eternally honored by the Celtics.

“(Garnett would) rather have his jersey retired in Boston than in Minnesota,” Pierce said. “He’ll eventually have his number retired with the Timberwolves, too, but he’ll have to wait until management sells the team.”

Garnett was a powerhouse during his opening stint with the Timberwolves. He averaged a double-double of 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds and was a 10-time All-Star before being traded to Boston on July 31, 2007. With him in the fold, the Celtics developed their Big Three of Pierce, Garnett, and Ray Allen.

Despite waiving a no-trade clause to return to Minnesota in the twilight of his career, Garnett has long been critical of the Timberwolves’ front office, specifically owner Glen Taylor. In December, Garnett admitted he one day hopes to buy the Timberwolves in order to remove Taylor from his post.

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge was forced to pick between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce, and it was an easy choice.

Pierce wanted Feb. 11 all to himself, and didn’t want to split any of the spotlight with Thomas, who was to have his video tribute shown before the Celtics played host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ainge tried to sell Pierce on a compromise, but The Truth declined on the basis of Thomas passing up the first tribute they planned in his January homecoming. Thomas was just coming off injury at the time, and he didn’t want to make a hobbled return, especially without his family present.

Pierce says Thomas missed his chance and that’s that.

“He had a shot to be honored,” Pierce told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Chris Forsberg. “You came to Boston. Whether you are playing or not, you should have had your tribute then. I just don’t see how, if someone is having a jersey retirement, they’re going to be running other tributes for other players.

“Danny tried to sell me on it, but I told him, ‘He had a shot, Danny, and he punked you on it. He pretty much dictated everything.’ They let it happen because they felt sorry how (the trade to Cleveland) went down. It’s guilt. That’s what it is.”

In the end, Ainge had to side with Pierce, who won a title while playing 15 seasons in Boston, which easily trumps anything Thomas did. It was Pierce’s day so it was his call.

“We owe Paul a lot,” Ainge said. “I feel indebted to him. The whole organization feels that way. We will have a great night for him. Argument over.”