Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving addresses Knicks rumors
It’s still a year before Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics hits NBA free agency, but there have already been rumors circulating that he’ll seriously consider going to the New York Knicks when that time comes.
Irving was doing an interview with the New York media about his upcoming movie, “Uncle Drew” and was asked about Knicks fans already recruiting him. Irving didn’t do anything to try and deny the rumors that he might join the team next summer.
“I think just hearing the balance, it’s just a ways away, man,” Irving said Monday morning in a movie roundtable with a handful of New York basketball writers via the New York Post. “But [the hype] is already starting. As long as I could just divide the attention up and it just doesn’t infiltrate what I’m focused on during the season then I’m cool with it.”
This isn’t the first time that the Knicks and Irving have been linked together. When Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Knicks were one of the teams on his wish list.
Irving also talked about how careful he has to be about the words he uses this next year because everything said will be over-analyzed and read into.
“Even considering that time, it seems like a long ways away. So, it’s just like — you’ve definitely seen it, observed it, other players have gone through it. You just can’t let anything infiltrate exactly where your focus is. A lot of your attention could be distracted in other areas. And we’ve seen things — our platform now, in terms of what the NBA entails, they could just draw one word and sentences start becoming whole diatribes of what he actually meant.”
Irving still has at last one more year with the Celtics, and with the team, they have for the next year that is the focus. The expectations are high in Boston, and Irving is going to be essential if they want to win another title.