CHICAGO (AP) – Boston Celtics backup guard Tony Allen declined to discuss a reported death threat against him, responding with silence when asked about it Saturday.

Several media outlets reported Allen has been receiving threats, and the NBA has increased security around him.

“That issue is not a new issue for us in our league over the last 25 years,” commissioner David Stern said Friday before watching the Philadelphia 76ers play the Orlando Magic in Game 3 of their first-round series. “It’s just you haven’t read about it and we haven’t talked about it. I’m not going to talk about it now other than to say it’s something we’re aware of. We always deal with it and we have a security representative in every city. We liaise with law enforcement and we do what we have to do at all times. It’s nothing new at all.”

The Celtics beat the Bulls in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night in Chicago, Allen’s hometown, and Game 4 is Sunday at the United Center.

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