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Kyrie Irving wishes he leaned on veterans more for guidance

Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving is about to embark on the next chapter of his career with the Boston Celtics where he could take a significant leap forward individually.

Prior to his first campaign with the Celtics, Irving recently voiced to Sarah Todd of The Inquirer that he wished he would have pushed for more advice and tutelage from veteran players earlier in his career.

“I should have probably asked for more help when I was a young player in this league,” Irving said Friday morning. “A lot of the pressures you think that you can ignore, they come out and they kind of bite you in the butt sometimes.”

The 25-year-old has had experienced plenty in his first several years in the league, but this will mark the first time that he has the pressure on his shoulders to be the leading talent on a championship caliber team. It’s an entirely new situation that didn’t get as much help from veterans learning the trials and tribulations that come with that type of territory.

However, he will get the first-hand experience of all the rigors and expectations that come with that situation. It’s a daunting task, but the decision to push for that opportunity shows that he’s ready to take on the challenges that will arise.

This is a chance for him to further build on his legacy as a face of the franchise while leading a team to an NBA title. Irving may have some regrets about what he didn’t do up to this point in his career, but this next chapter is what he has been longing to experience.