Jared Dudley says Celtics’ Kyrie Irving is someone you want on your team
Dudley appeared on the May 9 edition of ESPN’s “Get Up” and spoke about Irving’s reputation among NBA players.
As a teammate, he’s a different cat. That’s the word they use.
They say his mood swings. That was the big thing. I heard a story, obviously, what happened during the playoff run. He didn’t talk to his teammates for about three, four weeks. I heard that in Cleveland.
I actually think it was the year they won the championship…when he didn’t talk to some..for a month. Yeah, and so, that’s just different.
I never had him for a teammate, but that’s just the rep around the league. Talented player, a little moody, hard to get along with, but you know what, they’ll take him on your team because of how talented he can be when he can win.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 9, 2019
This is an interesting revelation from Dudley. Irving’s mood during the postgame press conference after the Celtics lost Game 5 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday was a dead giveaway. You can just tell Dudley’s assessment was spot on.
One has to ask himself why Irving has those mood swings. Our hunch is his desire to win. If his teammates don’t step up their game, he won’t talk to them. Perhaps he’ll only warm up to them once they regain their focus. Maybe that’s just Irving’s style.
Nevertheless, Dudley says players around the association will overlook Irving’s mood swings because of his otherworldly basketball talent.
Irving’s a six-time NBA All-Star. He’s just 27 years old. Some argue he has the best handles in the game today. He’s somebody you’d want on your team, mood swings or no mood swings.