|How old am I:||I'm 26 years old|
|What is my ethnicity:||Indian|
|What is my hair:||Golden|
|Body features:||I'm quite thin|
|I like piercing:||I don't have piercings|
Irving was seen burning sage -- which is known as "smudging'' -- on the court at TD Garden during warm-ups before his Nets beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in the NBA preseason finale for both teams. When we come into this job, we come into this place, it's not anything that I don't do at home that I did today.
I saged last game, and I plan to sage almost every game if the opposing team will allow me to. I'm not going to bring too much of the spirituality into basketball, but yeah, it's part of my native culture where I'm from.
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Irving was inducted into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe -- of which his mother, Elizabeth, was a member -- in the summer of When he was seen burning the sage before Friday's game, it was speculated that it could have something to do with his coming back and playing in Boston for the first time since leaving as a free agent to the Nets last summer.
That gives us good energy. He does it in the locker room.
That's his thing, and we all respect him. We respect his method, and he comes out here and plays extremely hard for us.
As for the game itself, the Nets cruised, blowing out the Celtics a week before the two teams are scheduled to meet in Boston on Christmas Day 5 p. ET, ABC. Irving had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes, while Durant had 25 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
And, despite Irving's acrimonious departure from Boston, as well as the trials and tribulations that went into his second season with the Celtics, he was all smiles postgame. Irving traded jerseys with Tatum and Williams, and had a long, upbeat chat with both Brown and Tatum before exiting the court. He said afterward that coming back to play here wasn't anything noteworthy for him. And, at the end of the day, we went to war together.
And I respect all those young men down there.
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We're just young kings growing in a business where we want to do what makes us happy. To see Jayson get better, to see Jaylen get better, to see these guys mature and be in the positions they're in, I'm nothing but proud of them. To see other guys be happy, that's all I could want. Coming here is easy, man.
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Performing here is easy. Basketball is the easy part. It's just the external stuff beforehand that gets noisy, so I try to limit that.
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