Celtics’ Kyrie Irving says he does not play basketball to ‘be a celeb’

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Celtics' Kyrie Irving says he doesn't play basketball to 'be a celebrity'


Boston Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving is seemingly having some hassle coping with all of the fanfare and media consideration that comes with being an NBA famous person. 

Previous to the Celtics loss to the Rockets on Sunday afternoon, Irving was captured on digital camera saying “I will not miss any of this sh*t once I’m completed taking part in,” regarding the cameras in his face as he entered the constructing. 

On Monday, he clarified these feedback and stated that he is not excited about being a celeb, and simply desires to play basketball. 

“I did not actually come into this recreation to be cameras in my face, be well-known, be a celeb, no matter embodies that,” Irving stated, by way of Tom Westerholm of Mass Dwell. “It is a bit laborious for me. I wished these issues once I was youthful, however now … I simply wish to play basketball at a really excessive degree.”

It does not look like Irving has been having a lot enjoyable this season, which continues on Tuesday after they face the Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET — Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Cross add-on), and these feedback seem to substantiate that. The Celtics have not lived as much as their lofty preseason expectations, and Irving has clashed with a few of his youthful teammates. All of this has labored to forged doubt on Irving’s long-term future in Boston, although he publicly expressed his intention to re-sign with the Celtics. 

“I’ve shared it with a few of my teammates in addition to the group in addition to everybody else in Boston,” Irving stated at an occasion for season-ticket holders at TD Backyard, by way of the Celtics. “In the event you guys can have me again, I plan on re-signing right here subsequent 12 months.” 

At this time limit it looks as if Irving has no less than had second ideas about persevering with his profession in Boston, and a latest report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer means that Irving is rising more and more disengaged from his Celtics teammates. 

From The Ringer: 

“Today, Irving performs lackadaisical protection, and unfocused offense. Sources across the staff informed me that Irving’s persona has modified, too: He is turn into disengaged and indifferent from these across the staff. There’s discuss that Irving’s friendships on the staff begin and finish with Tatum, with whom he shares an agent. 

Irving has grown more and more pissed off with the extreme media protection of his future determination, and the state of the staff. The Kyrie Information Cycle is its personal trade at this level: the Celtics lose a recreation, Irving provides a terse and meta-commentary on the state of the media, basketball, and the universe, questioning the motivations of these asking him questions. These reporters then write about Irving’s responses and the scrutiny on his and the staff’s play is that a lot stronger. Rinse and repeat.” 

Sadly for Irving, the media consideration surrounding him, his staff, and his future is not going away, so he’s going to should proceed to manage, or stroll away from the sport, which appears unlikely. 

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