Celtics coach Brad Stevens not fazed with Kyrie Irving’s criticism, open to his ideas
Following Saturday’s 124-117 loss against the Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving once again had some choice words for his teammates, citing the need to be ‘mature enough’ in terms of how they execute their plays during close games.
Irving has been critical of his teammates over the past couple of months, but head coach Brad Stevens said that it’s something that doesn’t bother him, adding that Kyrie has earned the license to say things like that because of how well he’s played all season.
“I’ve got no problem with it. I said what Morris said earlier, say it, say it, and put your name on it, right? Doesn’t bother me. I think that’s all part of it,” Stevens said, per John Karalis of MassLive.com.
“He knows he can come in and talk about that stuff. I’ve got an open door with regard to if he’s ever got any ideas about how, teams that he’s played with have guarded in the past or whatever. I don’t get too caught up in that. Listen, nobody is harder on me last night than me. I don’t really care what’s said outside of that. And he had a great game, we all didn’t finish it off. I’ll take my part of that.”
The Celtics have lost three straight games and have allowed opponents to score at least 114 points over the last six contests. This is not how they want to finish off the regular season, especially since they might not be able to gain home-court advantage in the playoffs.
A locker room rift could tear this team apart.
Fortunately for Boston and its fans, Brad Stevens and his players seem to be fine with Kyrie Irving’s public statements, as they believe it will help the team be ready for the postseason.