Kyrie Irving is one of the hottest topics to talk about in recent hours in the NBA, as the point guard has been in the eye of the storm after the elimination of his team, the Boston Celtics, in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his well-rounded Milwaukee Bucks. Albeit Irving and his team started the postseason playing really great, things quickly fell apart as they lost four games in a row and were embarrassed by Milwaukee in the Eastern semifinals.
Following the team’s second-round elimination, as expected, people started to look for players to blame and what better candidate than Kyrie Irving. He’s been back and forth about his future with Boston and this playoff and the way he played against the Bucks only makes us believe he didn’t want to be with the Celtics anymore.
Of course, some fans haven’t taken his attitude very well and haven’t hesitated to demonstrate it. For instance, former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins took his stance on this matter and called out Kyrie for his ‘disrespectful’ attitude towards the team following the elimination.
During an appearance on Fox Sports’ The Herd, Perkins said:
“In this series I think the way Kyrie went about it was disrespectful to the city of Boston, disrespectful to the organization and he didn’t represent what Celtic Pride is all about… He was a bad leader and it was proven he’s not a Batman.” — @KendrickPerkins pic.twitter.com/OcUQG8rJ6V
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 9, 2019
“In this series, I think Kyrie, the way he went about it was disrespectful to the city of Boston, was disrespectful to the organization. And he didn’t represent what Celtic pride is all about. I spent my first eight-and-a-half years of my career in Boston, and those fans are unbelievable, the organization is unbelievable, the history of the franchise in itself is unbelievable.
“And the way Kyrie went about it, ‘OK, yeah, I struggled. OK, on to the next game.’ Kinda like the, ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Just basically, throughout the whole process, I thought he had got it, but he was just a bad leader and he didn’t represent was Celtic pride was about. It was proven, in my opinion, he’s not a Batman. He’s a great player, Kyrie is an elite player, but he’s not a Batman. He’s a Batman when he’s on the team with LeBron (James), but he’s not a Batman. He can’t carry his own team.”
Irving wasn’t his best self during the series against the Bucks, as he mightily struggled through the five games and ended up averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds on just 35.6 percent shooting. He only made 7 triples out o 32 attempts, not being important for his team.
It all seemed like he was pushing his way out of the Celtics throughout the season and now with the performances he had against the Bucks in this series, nobody would want him to come back to wear a Celtics shirt next campaign.