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Kyrie Irving Admits Major Celtics Regret Ahead Of NBA Finals

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Dallas Mavericks’ pointguard Kyrie Irving just reached the NBA finals alongside the likes of Luka Doncic, he is set to face the Boston Celtics’ fanbase at the Garden at least twice.

Why is that mentioned? Because Kyrie Irving doesn’t have great history with the Boston Celtics fans, many of them can’t stand him. It’s a hate-hate relationship through and through.

Kyrie has already responded to some of those fans by flipping them inside the court and try to keep his cool as he is booed by everybody. It’s a hard situation that Kyrie Irving knows can come back to haunt him. This exact behavior is what made him reflect and regret some of the things he did or said.

Kyrie Irving’s last time in Boston
That middle finger Kyrie showed all the Celtics fans came during Game 1 of the first-round series between the Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, where Kyrie was in 2022.

Irving wasn’t able to take the verbal abuse and responded with those middle fingers. That is exactly the moment Kyrie Irving completely regrets. Handling hostile environments is a rare skill that not all star athletes possess. Players often have to learn it and correct mistakes made previously.

Kyrie is trying to do just that because otherwise, he will get into trouble with the Celtics fans again. Not being able to control himself could even drive him to be sanctioned by the NBA.

Kyrie spoke to the media on Monday ahead of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics. He said: “Last time in Boston, I don’t think that was the best — not this regular season but when we played in the playoffs and everyone saw me flip off the birds and kind of lose my s— a little bit. That wasn’t a great reflection of who I am and how I like to compete on a high level. It wasn’t a great reflection on my end toward the next generation on what it means to control your emotions in that type of environment, no matter what people are yelling at you. I’m built for these moments, to be able to handle circumstances like that, and I’ve been able to grow since then. So of course it’s going to be a hectic environment, but I’m looking forward to it and I see it as a healthy relationship to have with the fans.”

Respecting the fans is the most important rule within the organization.

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NBBF Congratulates Coaches Odaudu, Mohammed On NBA Selections

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation has congratulated the duo of Coach Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed both of Rivers Hoppers

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has congratulated the duo of Coach Ogoh Odaudu and Abdulrahman Mohammed both of Rivers Hoppers Basketball Club, who are 2 of the 25 African coaches selected to participate in the NBA Summer League, from 12-22 July 2024, in Las Vegas, USA.

It is important to note that this is happening for the first time in the history of basketball in Nigeria.

Odaudu, who was assisted by Mohammed, led the Rivers Hoppers to a podium finish at the recently held BAL Championship and was voted as the BAL Coach Of The Season.

In the congratulatory message, the Nigeria Basketball Federation led by its President, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, while applauding Odaudu and Mohammed on their feats, remarked that the selection of the two Nigerian top coaches, is a testament to the NBBF’s series of developmental plans over the years, and aimed at encouraging Nigerian coaches and technical officials to acquire and improve on their knowledge of the game of basketball, through deliberate selections by the federation to handle the national teams at different times.

NBBF noted that this development portends bigger opportunities for the growth and development of the game, particularly, in the local basketball community, as both coaches are expected to return to Nigeria, with better technical knowledge of the game, which they are also expected to share with other coaches back home for the benefits of the local game.

The NBBF implored the two coaches to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria while in the USA.

Meanwhile, Odaudu is assigned to coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mohammed will be with the Utah Jazz, both top NBA clubs in the United States of America.

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Olympics: BFN celebrates Opeyori, plans intensive training in Italy

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The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country's number one badminton star

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) on Friday in Lagos organised a special dinner to send forth the country’s number one badminton star Anuoluwapo Opeyori, who is set to intensify training in Italy ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Opeyori, who has dominated Africa in the men’s singles from 2019 till date, winning four African Championship titles and two African Games titles, secured a spot at the Paris Games last month, becoming the first Nigerian badminton player to qualify for two consecutive Olympics after featuring at Tokyo 2020.

An elated Francis Orbih, President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, said on the occasion that Opeyori had broken the badminton jinx after qualification for the Games in Paris.

“History was made in badminton after Anuoluwapo Opeyori secured a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. I am full of joy because Anu is the first Nigerian badminton player to feature in the men’s singles at the Olympic Games and also the first Nigerian badminton player to attend two Olympics back-to-back,” Orbih stated at the Civic Centre, Lagos, venue of the event.

Speaking with the media after the event, Orbih outlined the federation’s programme for Opeyori, which he said would begin with a three-week training tour of Italy this week.

He added, “We titled this programme ‘Send forth’ because we intend him to travel to Italy next week (this week) for a training camp camp for about three weeks. After that, the ministry will open its training camp in Germany July 1, he’ll join the team Nigeria there.

“We also intend him to play the Mauritius International and one other championship. After the training camp he needs to go to the court and put to use the skills he acquired in camp. After that he goes straight to the Olympics.”

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, also charged Opeyori to put up a fine outing in France.

“I’ll watch all your matches in Paris no matter how tight my schedule will be, so go make Nigerians proud.”

Also present at the event were top dignitaries, including ace comedian and BFN brand ambassador Ali Baba, a former Commissioner for Sports, Lagos State, Enitan Oshodi, DG of the Lagos state Sports Commission Lekan Fatodu as well as representatives of Mutual Benefits Assurance, Mikano Group, Dufil Prima Foods, Avis, Bond Global Energy, Studio 24, Ikoyi Club 1938 officials and members, amongst others.

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Abidjan African Judo Open 2024: Team Nigeria Pick Third Position Behind Cameroon, Argentina

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The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in .

The Abidjan African Judo Open 2024 came to an end on Sunday with good performance from Nigerian judokas who came third in the 32-nation tournament held in Cote D’Ivoire.

Cameroon came first on the medal table with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals Argentina was second on the table with 2 gold and 1 bronze, while the Nigerian team were third with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Competitors of 103 men and 44 women came in from the five continents of the world to attend the Judo Open which was held between 8 and 9 in Abidjan.

President of Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF), Dr. Musa Oshodi who led the Nigerian contingent to the world tournament praised the performance of the judokas, adding that “we are not at the Abidjan African Open 2024 to make number rather our team came to make the nation proud.”

The president assures that the NJC will leave nothing to chance to ensure that Nigerian judokas are given the enabling environment to showcase their talent with necessary exposure to both local and international tournaments.

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