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Kyrie Irving says setting an example for young teammates is extremely important

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Following a fourth-straight loss after the All-Star break, Kyrie Irving stressed that setting up the right example for his younger teammates was of utmost importance as the Boston Celtics walk the wire through the last few games of the regular season.

“And I don’t even want to call them young guys,” said Kyrie Irving, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive. “They’re my teammates.”

This came shortly after Irving had the press honed-in on him ahead of a clash, once-believed to be a preview of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, which takes place on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Irving once again seemed frustrated with the constant attention he’s drawn upon himself after walking back a commitment to the Celtics and opening the door for trade rumors involving the New York Knicks.

“I didn’t really come into this game to be cameras in my face, be famous, be a celebrity, whatever embodies that. It’s a little hard for me. I wanted those things when I was younger, but now… I just want to play basketball at a very high level.”

Monday marked the day a reported signaling Irving as “disjointed” from his team came about, further pushing the narrative that his time in Bean Town could soon come to an end.

Kyrie was seen lackadaisical and unengaged from his teammates besides Jayson Tatum, according to the report — a caveat to watch closely upon the last few games of this 2018-19 campaign.