Kyrie Irving: Celtics Teammates Feel ‘Capable of Doing a Lot More Than They’re Doing’

by February 20, 2019

Kyrie Irving says it has a been a “trying year” in Boston.

Irving points out, for instance, that his younger teammates feel somewhat held back in head coach Brad Stevens‘ system.

The Celtics (37-21) have fallen well short of expectations so far this season.

Per The Boston Globe (via ESPN):

During the NBA All-Star break, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving openly acknowledged the current season has been “a trying year” for the team.

“We basically have a bunch of young men in our locker room that feel like they’re capable of doing a lot more than they’re doing,” Irving told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

“That’s OK, but there’s a maturity you have to have, there’s a professionalism you have to really showcase every single day. That’s what the great ones do.”

Irving also recognized that the situation can create tension between him and [Terry] Rozier, who stepped up as starting point guard throughout Boston’s playoff run when Irving was sidelined due to a season-ending knee injury.

“Terry Rozier, he played in the playoffs, he did extremely well,” Irving said. “Coming back, that’s a natural competition that me and him have. It is what it is. No one wants to say it, but I will. It’s part of their growth. When you have winning in mind, then you got to do what it takes, but you got to understand your teammates.”

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