Charles Barkley: Kyrie Irving ‘not happy’ in Boston, will leave
The Boston Celtics are on the verge of elimination heading into a Game 5 showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks in the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series, and Charles Barkley believes Wednesday night will be Kyrie Irving’s last game with the organization.
The “Inside the NBA” analyst made his thoughts on Irving’s non-future in Boston known during an appearance Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “Get Up!” when host Mike Greenberg asked Barkley point blank whether Game 5 will be Irving’s last in a Celtics uniform.
Charles Barkley believes tonight is the last time we’ll see Kyrie in a Celtics jersey. pic.twitter.com/jzXlWFClDc— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 8, 2019
“Yes. I think it will be. I think that it’s not a good mix there,” Barkley said. “I think that he’s not happy there.”
Barkley is famous for his outrageous hot takes — nor is he averse to criticizing Irving — but the outspoken analyst may be on point with his perspective on this saga. Further, he’s not the only NBA insider who sees the Irving’s time in Boston ending.
Barkley also made the case that Irving — despite how his desire to “be the man” ushered him away from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — may not good enough, nor have the proper mindset, to be a team’s top player, though he did say Irving is “very talented.”
“When you’re a star and you’re the No. 1 guy,” Barkley said, “you get all the credit when things go great, but when things go bad you get all the blame …
“From a mental makeup — especially since he’s going to New York — listen, if he can’t handle playing in Boston, he got no chance of playing in New York, because that’s a completely different animal.”
Barkley, in stating that Irving will end up playing for the Knicks, echoes the belief that the the superstar could join forces with one of his pals in New York.
Irving is one of the NBA’s most enigmatic players, but despite his mercurial ways does seem unhappy. It would seem the writing is on the wall as it relates to his future, as Barkley and many others believe.