Moments like these justify Kyrie Irving's decision of wanting to become, "the guy."
Outside of a season-ending knee injury, the former No.1 overall pick flashed signs of being a great leader throughout his first year in Boston. Whether it was his willingness to distribute the ball more or be vocal in the huddle, watching Irving develop into something more than just another star was marvelous.
Well, if there were any doubts remaining over Kyrie's leadership abilities, Terry Rozier's comments about the Celtics' superstar should put them to bed.
#Celtics Terry Rozier on Kyrie Irving's influence during #NBAPlayoffs: He’s here with us. His spirit is with us. He’s still part of this team. He’s still our leader. He’s been doing a great job with that.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) April 19, 2018
That's exactly why Irving desperately sought a trade from Cleveland.
Being LeBron James' sidekick can last for years, but eventually Uncle Drew wanted his chance to grow as a leader. In the past, Irving wasn't known for thinking about the team first. Now, all he does is look out for Boston's best interest.
Terry Rozier on Kyrie Irving: “He’s a guy that wants to see other guys succeed, and that’s what makes him a leader.”— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 13, 2018
Hearing about Kyrie's progression through his knee surgery was great, but knowing he's still having a positive impact on the Celtics is priceless.
The great ones always find a way to leave their mark on the game, and Kyrie Irving now falls into that category.