The Boston Celtics have moved on seamlessly from the Kyrie Irving era, as they sit near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Irving, now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, had two different opportunities to show the Celtics what they were missing last week, but sat out both games with a right shoulder injury.
Former Celtics star Kevin Garnett saw what went down with Irving in Beantown, and the legend wasn't surprised that he left. In fact, he called out Uncle Drew for what he referred to as a lack of... yes, "cojones."
“Boston’s a tough town, dawg. You have to have some major cojones to be there," Garnett said via the New York Daily News. "You got to want that. The people want it for you. That’s why Paul [Pierce] is perfect for it. Paul wants the shot every time. Like, ‘You’re 0-14.’ And he’s like, ‘I know, but they want it.'”
As Garnett says, Boston is a tough environment, in which the fan base has high expectations for it's athletes. That's expected, considering they're the new "Title Town."
Irving's first season in Boston didn't go as planned due to a knee injury that knocked him out of postseason action. Last season, there were instances of Irving being overemotional, criticizing his teammates on multiple occasions, and failing to perform in the playoffs.
Now with Kemba Walker running point, the Celtics are 14-5 on the season as of Tuesday night, while Irving's Nets are sitting right at .500.
We shall see if Garnett's criticism will fuel Kyrie Irving throughout the season. But for now, he's surely backing the Celtics for greater success now that the guy has moved on.