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Danny Picard: Time for Celtics and Kyrie Irving to half methods

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It was value a shot, however ultimately, the Kyrie Irving experiment in Boston was a failure.

And it’s protected to say that the experiment is over. At the least, it must be over.

Nothing has been finalized, after all. NBA free company doesn’t formally start till July 1. However that hasn’t halted hypothesis as to the place Irving will play subsequent season.

Irving is predicted to decide out of the ultimate 12 months of his present contract and grow to be an unrestricted free agent, the place he might then signal the biggest deal doable with the Celtics, or pack up and transfer on to considered one of his a number of rumored locations, which embrace New York and Los Angeles.

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The most well-liked rumor is the one which has him going to the Knicks, together with Kevin Durant, who can also be anticipated to decide out of the ultimate 12 months of his cope with the Golden State Warriors this summer time. New York might use each of them, particularly after getting screwed at Tuesday evening’s NBA Draft Lottery and receiving the No. three total choose, despite the fact that the Knicks had the worst report within the league this 12 months.

One other rumor that continues to choose up steam is Irving going to the Lakers, which was as soon as once more reported earlier this week, this time by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, saying that the potential for Irving reuniting with LeBron James in LA is “opening extra by the day.”

This comes after Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reported in January {that a} supply informed him Irving was “genuinely ” in reuniting with James with the Lakers. It additionally comes after I informed you a lot occasions that no one must be shocked if Irving runs off to LA, primarily as a result of I really don’t imagine that Irving and James ever actually hated one another, and since Irving is clearly taken with Hollywood, as seen together with his starring position within the 2018 film “Uncle Drew.”

Irving additionally seemingly loves drama. It’s all he actually dropped at the desk this season. Coming off a knee harm that ended his first season as a Celtic early, Irving continually mentioned issues that made you scratch your head.

First he mentioned the group wants so as to add a veteran chief. Then he randomly informed us how he referred to as LeBron to apologize, whereas calling out his youthful teammates within the course of. He adopted that up by saying he “doesn’t owe anyone [expletive].” After which, in possibly his ultimate media session as a member of the Celtics, he refused to point out any humility in any respect in his Recreation 5 postgame interview after Boston’s season got here to an finish within the second spherical.

“Reality be informed, it’s no time to be disenchanted,” mentioned Irving, simply moments after an extremely disappointing end to such a promising season.

This got here after Irving scored 15 factors on 6-for-21 taking pictures from the sphere and 1-for-7 taking pictures from three-point vary in a must-win playoff recreation on the highway. The truth is, Irving was horrible in every of the 4 straight losses to the Bucks.

In these 4 losses, Irving shot 25-for-83 (30 %) from the sphere and 5-for-27 (19 %) from three-point vary. Ouch.

A lot for “Playoff Kyrie.”

It was Irving’s potential to go off within the playoffs that prevented me from operating him out of city after all of the silly issues he was saying for many of the season. Regardless of how irritating it was to take heed to him, I stored coming again to, “It’s OK, his playoff dominance will make us overlook about all of this.”

Effectively, Irving supplied no playoff dominance for the Celtics. And if he isn’t going to get it executed within the playoffs, what’s the purpose?

It was value a shot, however ultimately, it simply didn’t work out.

Time for each the Celtics and Irving to maneuver on.

Hearken to “The Danny Picard Present” on PodcastOne, iTunes, and Spotify. Comply with him on Twitter @DannyPicard. Subscribe to YouTube.com/DannyPicard.

 


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