As Kyrie Irving was openly cheering on his teammates in their long post-season run in 2018, a part of him was lamenting the fact that they were succeeding with him out of action with an injury. That is human, and no indictment of a supremely-talented player with limited leadership skills.
Things went wrong early in the 2018-19 season . Boston got off to a 6-2 start, then started losing. They lost eight of their next 12 games, resulting in a 10-10 record on November 24, 2018. Jaylen Brown went from starter to second string, and Marcus Smart was placed into the starting back court to inject energy right out of the gate. Boston went on an 8-game winning streak but then started to falter once again.
The fact that the team could come close to the NBA Finals without him, and lose so many games with him leading the charge most likely took a toll on Kyrie’s rather-large ego. That 8-game winning streak ended on December 14, 2018. That may be close to the time that Kyrie Irving decided to leave Boston and go home. He is now with the Brooklyn Nets, and barring some spectacular, verified news surrounding this issue, this is the last I will write about the Kyrie departure saga. He has moved on, and it’s time for Celtics fans to do the same
The Celtics Training Camp is a bit more than two months away, and I have already seen a few articles projecting discontentment and disarray in the 2019-20 version of the guys in green. What the Hell is that? There is something intrinsically wrong with Celtics writers hanging on to the dysfunction of last season and foretelling the same for a season that hasn’t even started.
If dysfunction is happening, then write about it as it occurs. But don’t dwell so much on the negative past for too long or try to boost readership by forecasting a tumultuous coming season. Kemba Walker is now in the fold, and that is a positive move. Two months seems like too long to wait for Training Camp, but it’s time for a fresh start.