Add Charles Barkley to the list of ex-NBA greats who doesn’t think Kyrie Irving is long for Boston.
On ESPN’s “Get Up” Wednesday, Barkley said he thinks both Irving and the Celtics would be better off if he were to bolt for another destination this summer. “I think that it’s not a good mix there,” Barkley said. “I think he’s not happy there.”
Barkley’s comments come one day after Jalen Rose said he thinks Irving’s teammates can’t wait for him to leave, and would even offer to pack his bags.
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
There seems to be a consensus in NBA circles that Irving and the Celtics are a combustible mix. Barkley has been a frequent critic of Irving’s, calling him “miserable” and petulant earlier this year. A couple of weeks ago, Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said in a radio interview he thinks the Celtics are “fragile” and not built to withstand adversity.
Given the series of runs they’ve given up to the Bucks in each of the last three games, it appears as if Thomas was correct.
Irving is a phenomenal basketball player, and if you have any doubts, just ask him. But he’s shot 19-for-62 from the field over his last three games, making his mercurial demeanor far less palatable. If the Celtics suffer an early exit against Milwaukee, it looks like the consensus will have Irving moving on, even though he can receive $80 million more from the Celtics than elsewhere.
Vegas says the Nets and Knicks currently have better odds to land Irving this summer.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog