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Celtics news: Jerry Colangelo lauds Kyrie Irving as ‘maybe the best finisher in the NBA’

Philadelphia 76ers special advisor and former chairman of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo gave his thoughts on the acquisition of Kyrie Irving, one of the premiere NBA talents that can join the Boston Celtics after today.

Colangelo has been familiar with Irving since he was part of the Select Team, as part of USAB, and ultimately with the 2016 squad that captured gold in Rio Olympics.

“He’s always been low-key, quiet, kind of an assassin when he got on the court, and he got some tremendous games with us,” Colangelo said during an interview in SiriusXM NBA Radio. “When I think of Kyrie I think of one of the most prolific scoring guards in the NBA, maybe the best finisher in the NBA.”

The longtime league executive offered that his innate talent to score the ball was eye-catching from the get-go.

“He has an assortment of ways to finish his shot, drive to the basket, it’s extraordinary,” said Colangelo.

The Celtics gave out a cornucopia of assets for Irving, but in return, they received a healthy player at only 25 years old that is peaking into his best self with two years left on his contract.

A unique specimen, particularly gifted in the one-on-one game, Irving was also a vital presence for Team USA, taking on the role of a secondary scorer after Kevin Durant en route to a gold medal.