Kyrie Irving and the Nets eliminated Irving’s old team on Tuesday. beat the celtics 123-109 in Game 5 of their first-round series.
There was a rocky separation between Irving and the Celtics. The relationship recently cooled down when Irving said he hoped Celtics fans wouldn’t show up”micro racismDuring his return to TD Garden. Celtics GM Danny Enge later Said he didn’t hear any evidence Of racism at TD Garden. a fan on sunday water bottle thrown In Irving when he left the floor after his Brooklyn win. The fan was later arrested and charged.
However, on Tuesday, Irving took a different approach when asked about beating his old team.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity I got in Boston,” Irving said. “I’m so grateful for the support I got out there. Obviously, it wasn’t the easiest transition to deal with. There was a lot going on personally when I was in Boston that a lot of people talk about. Didn’t know, so to see that kind of sentiments from last year and a half, I’m glad it’s resolved.
Irving made more waves on Sunday when he could be seen stepping on the celtics logo After scoring 39 points in a Nets win. Former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Glenn Davis called her out on social media.
However, Irving said he is happy the Nets can now move on.
“I’m just grateful that we got to be in the trenches together, me and my teammates, and we got to move on from it,” Irving said. “Like I said, this is nothing but respect for the players and the coaching staff at Boston.
“In terms of the extra-curricular and the external environment, you let it handle it yourself.”
Before the series began, Brad Stevens spoke brilliantly about Irving’s performance while playing for the Celtics.
“He’s a super special player with a really good heart,” Stevens said. “Definitely, I don’t have anything negative to say. He puts you on your feet when you’re playing against him and of course he has influenced wins everywhere.”
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