Kyrie Irving makes OUTRAGEOUS LeBron James, Kevin Durant claim amid Lakers and Knicks talk | Other | Sport


His comments come in the wake of a couple of weeks in which Irving has seemed disenfranchised in his post-match media duties.

The 26-year-old has still been performing at an All-Star level while the Boston Celtics are struggling, apart from his seven-point game against the Toronto Raptors

Boston are 1-5 since the All-Star break and looking likely that they will have to settle for fifth in the East in a season in which they were hotly tipped to win the conference.

But there has also been increased scrutiny since the All Star break on Irving regarding his future with the franchise.

His demeanour in post-game interviews has been read as a sign that he wants to leave in free agency, with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks heavily linked.

It remains to be seen what the six-time All Star will choose to do this summer.

However, on reports of his attitude in post-game interviews, Irving insists he is just tired of all the constant scrutiny players like him, LeBron James and Kevin Durant receive.

“It’s a constant battle because the media has just gotten outrageous,” he said.

“He’s the greatest player playing in our game right now but even seeing somebody question Bron’s body of work, my body of work, KD’s body of work.

“Nobody should question what kind of winners those guys are.

“Or whether or not I have the team-first mentality.

“Nobody wants it to be solely about them, but we take most of the responsibility and so does the head coach.

“When you have that and you have relationships you have to build with that and I’ve been doing it after being traded [in 2017] and just coming into this… it’s a lot of new for our team.

“We’re still building for something but it just gets to that point, I’m normal.”

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