Kyrie Irving’s decision to leave Boston sent shock-waves around the NBA. Irving’s short-lived time in Beantown brought underwhelming results. And his decision to head to Brooklyn, staying in the Eastern Conference, just added fuel to the fire.
Former Celtics’ star forward Kevin Garnett was asked about Irving’s decision and whether he’s surprised by it. Garnett had a simple answer: “no.”
“Boston’s a tough town, dawg,” Garnett said, via NYDailyNews. “You have to have some major cojones to be there. 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-for-14.’ And he’s like, ‘I know, but they WANT it.’”
Yikes. That’s certainly a heavy implication on Garnett’s part. He clearly thinks Irving didn’t have the guts – or as Garnett put it, “cojones” – to handle Boston and its passionate fans.
The former Boston forward also thinks Irving made the wrong decision in regards to which New York team he chose. Garnett has always said the first NBA player to dominate with the Knicks would be an all-time superstar. And regardless of Brooklyn’s future success, the Knicks dominate the New York basketball landscape.
“I thought they should have done the Knicks … if they come to the city and dominate, man. …The first superstar to hit New York and be vibing is going to be bigger than life,” Garnett said.
It’s all speculation now. But that certainly would’ve been something if Irving and Kevin Durant had chosen New York over Brooklyn. But both players’ decisions are certainly understandable given the Knicks’ current reputation.
Garnett’s blatantly honest comments are bound to spark a reaction from Irving. It’ll be interesting to see how the Nets’ star guard responds.