Kyrie Irving ‘ready to kill’ ahead of Tuesday’s season opener
Kyrie Irving cannot wait for the Boston Celtics to open their season, something the star point guard made abundantly clear with some interesting comments ahead of Tuesday’s tilt with the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Absolutely. I’m ready to kill. I’m ready to kill,” Irving said, via NBC Sports Boston. “It’s exciting. Because of that excitement from your teammates, it only gets me more excited. I expect the same thing from them. You think about how much talent we have and how special we are, as individuals. But the attitude and the camaraderie and the environment that the Boston Celtics have created over a tradition of years is something that I’m grateful to be a part of.”
The Celtics managed to somehow take the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals last season despite the absences of both Irving and Gordon Hayward. The Celtics to no surprise are heralded as among of the favorites in the LeBron James-less East this season. Irving noted how commitment and sacrifice will go a long way to determining just how far the Celtics can go in 2018-19.
“It’s about a brotherhood. Great players before you have sacrificed,” Irving said. “Great players before you have committed to winning a championship and what that entails. Great players before you have done that. So why are you any different? There is no special treatment for that. You’re going to be who you are and we support that. We want you to be the best you can be.”
Irving has not appeared with the Celtics since March and has undergone two surgeries on his left knee, procedures that involved some pretty harrowing moments afterward. The superstar admitted it was not pleasant to watch his team go on such a deep run in the postseason without him contributing.
With all that in mind, it’s hardly a shock Irving is itching to get back on the court for some real, regular-season action.