This is something i never thought about when the Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving but its time to start thinking about him not being a Boston Celtic next season. Kyrie is an incredible one on one player but it just doesn’t fit Brad Stevens system, it never really has and it never really will unfortunately. This is the whole Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles thing again, Wentz better quarterback but Eagles better team with Foles at the helm. Kyrie Irving is the best player on these Celtics, but looking at the numbers and the fact they got to a seventh game in the Eastern Conference finals last year, its time to admit that their a better team without him.
Like i said Kyrie is a great player thats not up for debate, him wanting to be a leader and have his own team however is up for debate at this point in the season. This is nowhere close to the Celtics team we saw last year, the team atmosphere is gone. All these players want to play ISO ball now, its not just Kyrie either, Tatum and Brown have been guilty of it this year as well. This is what Kyrie wanted though, this is why he left Cleveland, he wanted his own team to lead. The only problem is now he’s starting to look like the guy who forced him to want out of Cleveland.
He is not a happy man at this moment, i know he shouldn’t be, this is a team that was supposed to run through the East all season long, unfortunately that just hasn’t been the case and the frustration is growing by the day. I think he’s done in Boston, even if they trade the farm for Anthony Davis which i WOULD NOT do i don’t see this carrying on in Boston. Brad Stevens has his system, its about ball movement and spacing. The players have to buy in like last years playoff run for it to work and i just don’t see that happening with this team right now. For how great Kyrie is I’m not sure its worth the headache and now the drama that he picked up from his old sidekick Lebron. Barring the Celtics turning this thing around for a deep playoff run, I think were watching Kyrie’s last stretch with the Celtics franchise. Only way i see that changing is if they make it to the NBA finals somehow and probably add Anthony Davis. Things could turn around, things could get better but for now these Celtics are struggling and Kyrie is the LEADER of this team, so its as much on him as anyone else. Hope y’all are enjoying the week, lets have a Thursday.