“I don’t expect to be celebrated by everybody!” – Kyrie Irving shrugs off Boston Celtics’ fans hate

Kyrie Irving played for the Celtics from 2017-2019.

“I don’t expect to be celebrated by everybody!” – Kyrie Irving shrugs off Boston Celtics’ fans hate

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving addressed the media before an important Game 2 of the Finals. During the media interview, the Dallas Mavericks guard reflected on the negativity he’s receiving from the Boston Celtics fans. Irving noted that not all Celtics fans harbored hatred towards him and gave a befitting reply.

Irving played for the Celtics from 2017-2019 and averaged 24.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. This history has led to lingering resentment from Celtics fans, who taunted him with chants and a blow-up doll with his face on it after Game 1. Nevertheless, Irving has not taken the rude chants to heart.

I don't expect to be celebrated by everybody. I'm still aware that a lot of people want to see me fail but again I think I'll pay attention more to the way that I'm celebrated by the people who love me unconditionally... The blow-up dolls, all the remarks that are getting said, that's basketball... There are a lot of Celtics fans that still love me too, surprising to everybody.
Kyrie Irving via Media Interview ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Despite the animosity, Kyrie Irving emphasized that he’s focused on the support he receives from his loved ones and fans who appreciate him. He also acknowledged that it’s time for the Boston Celtics fans to move on, given his departure from the franchise several years ago.

As a Maverick, Irving has continued to impress, averaging 27.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. His scoring average has increased from his time with the Celtics, showcasing his growth and adaptability as a player. These days, Irving receives more praise than criticism, unlike during the pandemic.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes Kyrie Irving has learned from his mistakes

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes Kyrie Irving is genuinely remorseful for promoting an antisemitic documentary in 2022. This incident led to an eight-game suspension in the past. Silver had private conversations with Irving, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic

Absolutely. I think in our private conversations, which at the time included (former NBPA executive director) Tamika Tremaglio … he was very remorseful. He took responsibility. I think we all know he can be a bit stubborn, and I think he felt strongly that he needed to speak in his own words in terms of how he expressed himself in terms of an apology to the public.
Adam Silver via Sam Amick of The Athletic:

Irving had shared a link to the documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America on X. The documentary contained antisemitic themes and harmful ideas. He initially defended his actions but later apologized and acknowledged the harm caused. Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for eight games and was reinstated three weeks later.

Now a member of the Dallas Mavericks, ‘Uncle Drew’ is helping lead the team alongside Luka Doncic in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Despite the controversy, Irving has proven himself a talented and valuable player in the league.

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