Kyrie Irving says relationship with Brad Stevens ‘has grown tremendously’
Like any star player and his head coach, Irving hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with Stevens. The Celtics have been very inconsistent this season and Irving has often times look frustrated on the court, occasionally letting those bad vibes follow him to the locker room, where he’s made several headline-worthy comments.
However, Irving admits he’s been on the same page with Stevens recently and it’s a big reason why Boston has looked better. After all, the Celtics are going to go as far as Irving can take them in the postseason.
“Our relationship has grown tremendously,” says Irving, via Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. “Just in terms of our communications of what he likes and what I like—but ultimately what’s best for our team and how you get the most out of guys. It’s made my job a lot easier, going to the sideline knowing that we’re on the same page.”
Irving didn’t play for the Celtics in the 2018 playoffs because of knee surgery. The All-Star guard is back in the postseason this year, eager to lead Boston to the Finals – a goal of which they fell one short of reaching last season without him. For them to get over the hump this time around, Irving and Stevens have to co-exist.
The Celtics are up 2-0 against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. So far, Irving and Stevens are seeing eye-to-eye.