Celtics’ Kyrie Irving admits he was wrong for pointing fingers at teammates
Irving realized that he needed to critique his teammates in love rather than latching onto hate.
Kyrie Irving says Jaylen Brown was right — he can’t be pointing fingers at his teammates. Needs to encourage them and push them in ways that don’t step out of bounds.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 17, 2019
Irving told Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal that he regrets making his words public.
“I did a poor job of setting an example for these guys of what it’s like to get something out of your teammates…You’re expecting results, but at the same time, I should’ve kept it in house.”
Earlier this week, Kyrie Irving had gone off on his Celtics teammates. He told Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports:
“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team… There were no expectations last year. Everyone played free and easy. Everyone surpassed whatever they expected for themselves. This year? We all have high expectations…”
Irving has been wary of his teammate’s performances over the past few weeks or so. Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier will at times stray away from the set offense and unsuccessfully freelance. It hurts the team as a whole and it bothers Irving because the team has been in quite a slump.
So far this season, Kyrie Irving has proven yet again that he’s the Celtics’ best player. He’s averaged 22.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The Celtics are now 26-18 on the season and sit fifth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They will face off next against the Memphis Grizzlies at home.