Boston Celtics Rumors
This seems like a shot at the Cavs’ culture and coaching staff, with Irving implying that he wanted a different environment and a more demanding coaching staff. Irving was close to Cavs assistant coach Phil Handy and appeared to have a good relationship with head coach Tyronn Lue, who on several occasions defended Irving’s default shoot-first style and encouraged him to ignore critics.
There’s a perception you wanted your own team and didn’t want to play second fiddle. Kyrie Irving: The actual storyline of everything that was created from a variety of sources and a variety of people, whether it be from my circle or whether it be from anywhere else. The last person that everybody kind of forgot about was me. I didn’t say a damn word.
When asked how he’ll be different in Boston, Irving replied, “Actually playing point guard, which is very, very much exciting. Getting that thing on the break and allowing Gordon (Hayward) to have the space around him as well, and allowing Al Horford to make plays as a big, and having an offense that’s not necessarily dictated just on me isolating. So I’m excited about that.”
“I relished in that role (in Cleveland),” Irving said. “And you have other individuals saying that — and he’s on this show now (Kellerman) — and his humble opinion is always, ‘He’s a one-dimensional (player) and he’s not making his teammates better.’ But if you have an assassin, and you call me this specific weapon, utilize it. I’m not this one-on-one individual that wants to go one-on-one every single time down. That’s not how I appreciate the game. I’ve watched a lot of basketball, probably more than a lot of people have realized.”
“We’ll see what minutes [Tatum] will earn. I’m not worried about how they will play when the lights go on. It will be unlikely that Jayson is Rookie of the Year because it will probably come from a team that starts their rookies and plays them 35 minutes per night.”