I wonder how many times Kyrie logged on to the internet this morning. I wonder if he saw Grant Hill call him “indifferent” and “disengaged” while blasting him for his leadership ineptitude. I wonder if he saw Terry Rozier sound off on the “attitudes” and egos that derailed the Celtics season. I wonder if he even cares.
Celtics players have been pretty tight-lipped about Kyrie’s pouting and deference and awful body language all season.
But, on the very first day of the C’s summer vacation, a player who chose to remain anonymous had something to get off his chest. The player told Jeff Goodman of Stadium that Kyrie is “hard to play with” despite having divine talent.
“Everyone respects his talent, but he’s hard to play with,” the player said. “It’s all about him.”
Kyrie’s moodiness has been well-documented throughout his eight year career. Just watch one of his press conferences after a loss–he makes Bill Belichick look like Sean McVay.
“He takes the air out of the locker room,” the player added. “And you just never know what you’re going to get with him.”
One Cleveland Cavaliers’ source echoed the player’s sentiment:
“Doesn’t want to listen to anybody,” the source said. “I’ve been around more selfish guys, but when you add up those three — moody, immature and tough to coach — he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”
Former Celtic bruiser Kendrick Perkins had no issue revealing that Kyrie was disrespectful to the city of Boston and just an overall poor leader.
Kyrie Irving should be humbled right now. It will be interesting to see if he embraces it and evolves or just continues his ‘me against the world’ bullshit.