Before I start, I just want to make one thing very clear about this article: this is in no way, shape, or form made to bash Kyrie Irving. Kyrie’s era in Boston is over, and there are no hard feelings towards Kyrie and his decision to leave. At the end of the day, family comes first, and if Kyrie’s decision was solely based off wanting to be closer to his family, then I respect that decision.
Everybody deals with pain and depression differently. Kyrie losing his grandfather early into the season last year affected him in ways that set the tone for the remainder of his tenure in Boston. The death of a loved one takes a massive toll on a human being. He didn’t know how to express his emotions or share what he was feeling with his teammates, and that’s okay.
Kyrie took responsibility for not being able to lead last year’s team as far as they could have. He let the team down but not giving it his all, and admitted he couldn’t handle being a leader in that environment. He told reporters that the death of his grandfather left him resentful towards the game of basketball and changed his mindset throughout the year.
Kyrie wanted to head back home because he realized that the relationships with his family have “way higher precedent than the organization or anyone.”
This is the one thing I’ll say Kyrie should have never done, and that is saying he was planning on re-signing with the Celtics before the season even began. By saying that, he made his own bed. The expectations were so high for the team at the time, and by Kyrie saying that was basically affirming that he was here for the long run. Since that day, Celtics fans just fell even more in love with Kyrie, and their hopes got even higher.
He should’ve never made comments to the media throughout the season like he did. Everything he said came back to bite him in the ass. By saying all the things that he did and going back on his word, he became public enemy #1 in Boston. If he had never announced he was resigning, and never made that commercial (you know, THAT commercial), him leaving would’ve never been a big deal. Boston fans wouldn’t have hated him like they do now.
Kyrie was right, he didn’t owe anything to the Celtics. Wyc and Danny took a chance trading for him, hoping that it would lead to something great. Unfortunately, nothing great happened. Instead, Kyrie just painted himself as a villain. Not all things are meant to work out or be perfect, and Kyrie Irving being the leader in Boston just didn’t work out.
At the end of the day, the Celtics have Kemba Walker. That’s not too bad of a replacement for Kyrie Irving. Celtics fans should be focused on and excited about next season with a fresh start.
If you know me and followed along all of last season, you’d know that I defended Kyrie every single time something went south. Defending Kyrie was a hill I wanted to die on, you know, until he left for Brooklyn without saying a peep. I thought he would come through at the end and ultimately re-sign, but that didn’t happen.
Now hearing about all this stuff about his family and his grandfather’s death affecting him the way it did, I wholeheartedly understand why he chose to go home. Not that I care now anyways, because once the Celtics signed Kemba Walker, I was over Kyrie.
I genuinely wish nothing but the best for Kyrie and his future in Brooklyn. At the end of the day, I believe he was misunderstood, but also didn’t handle things the way he should’ve. It’s just time to move on. Kyrie’s comments today basically closed the door to that part of his life.
The Kyrie Irving era in Boston is over, and the Kemba Walker era is about to begin. I pray for Kyrie’s happiness, and I hope he finds peace as a Brooklyn Net, but I can’t wait for Kemba to drop 50 points on his ass whenever we play Brooklyn next season.