Last year, ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan baselessly claimed Boston wouldn’t take kindly to Kyrie Irving if the star point guard ever played for the Celtics. Well, Elhassan is already being proven wrong, and training camp hasn’t even started yet.
Irving’s Jeep broke down on the way to informal workouts Wednesday, roughly four miles away from the club’s practice facility in Waltham. The snafu prompted Irving to text Celtics equipment manager Johnny Joe Connor. While Irving was waiting for help to arrive in the pouring rain, he says several strangers from nearby Bentley University offered to give him a lift.
And best of all, Irving doesn’t think the strangers knew who he was.
“The people out there that kept stopping,” he said, per the Boston Globe. “They were awesome.”
As it turns out, Irving was 45 minutes late to his meeting with head coach Brad Stevens. But Stevens let the tardiness slide.
“It’s been a whirlwind, you know, moving in and picking up my whole life and getting everything adjusted as best I can,” Irving said.
The Celtics acquired Irving last month from the Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick and a future second-round selection. It was a drama-filled summer for Irving, who requested a trade from Cleveland in June.
In a bizarre interview with “First Take” this week, Irving said he never consulted LeBron James before asking to be moved. “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life,” he said. “It’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody or to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the time I spent there. It’s nothing about that. There comes a time where you mature as an individual, it’s time to make that decision. And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save somebody’s feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do.”
Kyrie Irving had some car troubles getting to the practice facility this week. Plenty of Bentley University students were willing to help. pic.twitter.com/vkHyVE8Pze
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) September 21, 2017
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