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Nets star Kyrie Irving hopes to make burning sage his pregame ritual

Nets, Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving couldn’t have chosen a better time to pull off his sage-burning pregame ritual. Now, he wants to do it the whole season.

On Friday before taking on the Boston Celtics, Irving burned sage at the fan-less TD Garden. Of course, as everyone knows, the veteran point guard had an ugly two-year stint with the Beantown team that ended in an unceremonious exit in the summer of 2019.

It’s also the first time Irving played in his former home after being sidelined in both occasions when the Nets visited Brad Stevens and Co. With that said, his pregame ritual–which is often used to cleanse a person or space–was met with criticisms by the ever-unforgiving Boston fans.

After the game, however, the 28-year-old Nets guard explained his pre-game ritual and seemingly suggested that he intentionally chose to do the sage-burning ritual in the game. For what it’s worth, he emphasized that he’s planning to do it more consistently now in their upcoming games in the 2020-21 campaign.

In the past few years, Kyrie Irving’s career has been riddled with issues and controversies, starting from his sudden trade demand from the Cleveland Cavaliers. With that said, it’s understandable why he did his pre-game sage burning–perhaps in a bid to start anew as he and the Nets try to mount a championship run in the upcoming season.

Besides, the ritual seemed to have work in Irving’s favor, as he scored 17 points and registered seven rebounds and five assists in the Nets’ 113-89 win against the Celtics. Kevin Durant, who admitted that Kyrie’s sage-burning is not surprising from his teammate, banked 25 points, six boards and two dimes to lead the Brooklyn squad.