It's no secret Kyrie Irving's leadership skills have been brought into question all season long, and this has only been magnified as the Boston Celtics now find themselves in a precarious situation, down 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
With Game 5 slated for Thursday night, the Celtics are going to need their best stretch of games possible to come back in this series.
Kyrie offered his own advice for his teammates ahead of potentially the last game of the season.
Kyrie on his message to the Celtics: “Just let it fly, man. Everything you’ve got.”— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 8, 2019
Wow, now if that doesn't make you want to run through a brick wall, I don't know what will.
In case you didn't get the sarcasm, those are some pretty weak words of encouragement coming from someone who is not only the best player on their team, but also someone who has always wanted to be a leader and run the show.
Two years ago, Irving shockingly requested a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers after making three straight Finals and winning a championship under the guide of the best player in the league, LeBron James. The New Jersey native wanted to step out from under LeBron's shadow and go somewhere that he could be the leader.
Kyrie Irving publicly questioned the mentality of young guys who drove his team to a Conference Finals last season only to turn into Flat Earth Shammgod in round two— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) May 7, 2019
Fast forward to now and Irving has done nothing to prove he is capable of leading. His losing mentality and relationship with his teammates in Boston has shown this. He is an incredibly talented individual, but these comments show that he really could care less anymore, which is exactly the opposite mentality a leader should have.
Perhaps when Irving hits free agency this summer, he will take his talents somewhere where he does not have to lead.