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Kyrie Irving says young Celtics teammates are clueless about championship-level basketball


Kyrie Irving, who was extremely frustrated after the Boston Celtics’ 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic, had some choice words for the younger guys on the team.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith, Kyrie Irving singled out the young guys on the squad for not knowing what it’s like to play championship level basketball.

“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team. What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals? 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. The players, the coaches, everyone. And that’s good, but we aren’t doing it yet.”

That is quite a strong statement from Kyrie, who was part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the NBA title against the 73-win Golden State Warriors in 2016.

However, Irving remains optimistic that the Celtics will be able to be where they want once they learn how to play better as a team.

“We can get there. We’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better. We need to win these games on the road. That’s on me as a leader. I need to be a better leader and to help get us there.”

The Celtics’ season has been on the rocks from the start. They are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 25-17 record, but haven’t figured out a way to win games consistently.