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Kyrie Irving to Celtics fans: ‘Go ahead’


Kyrie Irving won’t exactly get lavish parades in his honor when he returns to Boston this weekend. Nonetheless, Irving hopes the city can overcome its issues with him.

The Brooklyn Nets guard spoke to reporters on Friday and delivered a message to Boston Celtics fans ahead of their first-round playoff streak against each other.

“Hopefully we can get past my Boston days and reflect on some of the highlights I left at TD Garden that they can replay,” he said. by Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. “Move on. Just a new paradigm, baby.

Irving is about as popular in Boston these days as the New York Yankees. He played for the Celtics for a total of two seasons from 2017 to 2019, but left in free agency to sign the Nets on the very first chance he had. Since then, the city has pretty much hated Irving.

The problem with Irving’s appeal to Boston fans to focus on the highlights of his tenure at the Celtics is that there weren’t very many of them. While Irving made two All-Star teams and an All-NBA team in Boston, he was injured for the playoffs in his freshman year and swept out of the conference semifinals in his second year. Since leaving the Celtics, Irving has also gone out of his way to disrespect his former team.

Irving received a ruthless reception from the TD Garden crowd the last time he played in Boston. But despite his pleas for home fans to forget the past and sing “Kumbaya” with him, it’s probably exactly the same reception Irving can expect for their playoff series which begins on Sunday.




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