One of the biggest stories this season was set to be Kyrie Irving’s return to Boston, but so far nothing has happened. The All-Star point guard’s new team has faced the Celtics twice this season, but Irving hasn’t taken part in any of those games due to a shoulder injury that's kept him sidelined for going on nine games now.
Cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Boston are all well-known for having diehard fans that are not afraid to boo you if you're not performing to their standards. Kyrie knows this and he knows Boston fans won’t be pleased with him when he makes his return to the TD Garden. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason after he told a packed TD Garden how he wanted his No. 11 jersey to hang in the rafters there.
Several former Celtics players have expressed their opinion on this matter, including Kevin Garnett, one of the most outspoken players of his generation. While doing press for his upcoming movie, Uncut Gems, former Celtics great Kevin Garnett was brutally honest in his assessment of the Irving-Boston debacle.
After revealing his surprise to see Kyrie leaving Boston, he went to explain what it takes to survive there.
"Boston's a tough town, dawg. You have to have some major cojones to be there," Garnett said via The New York Daily News. "You got to want that. The people want it for you. That's why Paul (Pierce) is perfect for it. Paul wants the shot every time. Like, 'You're 0-for-14.' And he's like, 'I know, but they want it.'"
Before Garnett, Kendrick Perkins had called out Irving before the Celtics' first matchup against the Nets on Nov. 27th, claiming Kyrie wasn’t hurt, he just didn’t want to face Boston fans.
Words matters in this league, especially when you make such a big claim about your career. Boston fans haven’t forgotten this and they won’t do so in a long long time.