When Kyrie Irving joined Boston Celtics, it gave the franchise new hope for bringing a championship home. However, the dreams of the franchise were shattered when the star guard left the Celtics to join forces with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. Irving’s journey with the Celtics ended in just two years, which included his injury in the first season that left him off of the playoffs. In the second season, he was eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second season.
Perhaps, the sour memory of betrayal still remains in the heart of many Celtics fans. In a recent video on social media, many young Celtics fans are seen stomping on Irving’s jersey which was kept on the floor in public. He wore number 11 with the team for two years. These actions from fans not only show the never mended relationship between the two. So far the 8 x NBA All-Star has not commented on the reaction.
Irving joined the Boston Celtics in 2017 after the trade from Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving LeBron James with a highly undercut cast. His move to Celtics was one of the biggest moves of the season. The move changed the landscape of the Eastern Conference. He stayed in Boston for two years, but after the brief stint and disappointing playoff, he left for Brooklyn to join Kevin Durant with the Nets.
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Isaiah Thomas’s injury and the Kyrie Irving saga in Boston
Isaiah Thomas played despite a major hip injury in the 2017 playoffs, effectively ending his career. During that postseason, he was also dealing with the death of his sister in a car accident, which had a profound effect on his performance. He was already popular in Boston, but once it happened, his popularity skyrocketed. Still, the following summer, Danny Ainge traded him away.
Ainge made a move by trading for Kyrie Irving, who had just won a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers the year before. Boston’s championship hopes were immediately raised with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the same team. However, with Hayward’s ankle injury on opening night and Irving’s season-ending knee injury, those anticipations had been drastically lowered. Irving had to sit out the remaining 15 games of the regular season as a spectator after his debut season in Boston came to an abrupt stop in early March. However, the Celtics made an incredible run without him. Later, they were defeated by the Cavaliers in Game 6, forcing a decisive Game 7 at TD Garden.
Despite making a commitment to the fans that he would want to return to the Celtics, things got even weirder. Celtics were ousted by the Bucks in the 2nd round and all Kyrie said was, “Yeah, who cares? Who cares?” he said. “The expectations on me are going to be sky-hig…for me, the 22 shots, you know, I should’ve shot 30. I’m that great of a shooter,” he added. Next season he announced he would be joining Brooklyn Nets.
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