Brad Stevens says Celtics ‘owe a lot’ to Kyrie Irving, challenges players to step up
The Boston Celtics have been impressive so far, winning three of the four games in their California road trip. For coach Brad Stevens, a lot of the team’s success has something to do with Kyrie Irving’s leadership on the court and in the locker room.
“We take a lot from Kyrie, but we owe a lot from Kyrie,” Stevens told Jared Greenberg of NBA TV.
Stevens acknowledged that since Irving is the best player on the team, he’s going to get a lot of praise when the team wins and criticisms whenever the team loses. The Celtics coach said that it’s the entire team’s job to support Kyrie if they want to win games.
“I think everybody’s leadership impacts it [winning],” the 42-year-old coach added. “It’s never about one person. It’s about all of us, it’s about the team.”
Stevens concluded that it’s not Kyrie’s responsibility to give the rest of the team energy, but rather, each and everyone of them has to come out and play with the same level of intensity and winning mentality in order for them to achieve their goal.
“I think everybody has that opportunity everyday. We all go into a room everyday, and we decide whether to raise it, keep it the same, or lower it. And ultimately, it’s all of our jobs to raise it.”
The Celtics are finally coming together in time for the playoffs, and if they want to achieve their ultimate goal — which is to win a championship — relying on Kyrie Irving is not something that they should do too much.
Boston has enough talent around Irving, and if utilized properly, the rest of the team can take a lot of responsibility off of Kyrie’s shoulders. That should make it easier for the All-Star guard to operate on both ends of the floor.