Celtics guard Terry Rozier on how Kyrie Irving helps in mental preparation every time he’s out
It was not long ago that Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics was tagged as one of the most promising young stars of the NBA. Today, he’s seen as a leader and mentor by Terry Rozier, and the guard shared what Irving does to prepare him mentally.
When Irving is out, he still takes time to text Rozier early in the morning to prepare his mindset. Despite various reports claiming that Irving has failed as the leader of the Celtics squad, Terry Rozier’s story is a testament to the former’s great efforts.
“He texts me early in the morning just about every game that he’s out just so I can get mentally prepared, and he’s been good with that. He’s been a good mentor all year since we’ve been together and he’s giving me that confidence early in the day,” Rozier said per Jay King of The Athletic.
Rozier is the reserve guard behind Irving for the Celtics. It has been a relatively healthy season thus far and Rozier hasn’t been forced to put on bigger shoes. Despite this, Irving seems to have gladly taken Rozier under his wing and constantly prepares him for when the big night comes.
And in their latest win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving’s efforts were in full effect. The 26-year-old was out due to flu-like symptoms, along with Al Horford who was given the night out to rest.
Without two of their best players, Rozier stepped up with 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 30 minutes. He also made 4-of-5 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Perhaps it’s safe to assume that Uncle Drew was proud of his mentee’s performance.