Howard Beck: Kyrie Irving Happy, Wants To Play For Boston Celtics

Irving can be hard to read, Howard Beck says, but he loves playing for the Celtics – for many reasons

Reiter Than You
October 29, 2018 - 9:20 am

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Kyrie Irving, who is entering the final year of his contract, said he intends to play for the Boston Celtics beyond the upcoming season.

But will he? Should we take Irving’s word seriously?

“Oh, I take it very seriously,” Bleacher Report NBA writer Howard Beck said on Reiter Than You. “Listen, when somebody equivocates – ‘This is a great team, but I’m going to make that decision when I get to the end of the season’ – when people do all that stuff, when they stay ambiguous and they give those semi-commitments where you’re leaving your options open, that’s when you worry about things that are said in October.”

Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games last season for Boston, which pushed Cleveland to a seventh game in the Eastern Conference Finals. With LeBron James bolting for Los Angeles, the Celtics could be top dog in the East for quite some time.

“Kyrie Irving, this news today, I don’t think should surprise anyone,” Beck said. “Now I know Kyrie is a unique individual, he’s hard to read, he sometimes says things that are a little hard to unpack. But he has given every indication over the last couple of weeks that he is happy there, that he has all the regard in the world for Danny Ainge, for Brad Stevens, that he knows how good he’s got it with as much talent as he’s got around him. He’s given every indication that there was no reason to think was going to leave. I don’t know why anybody would want to leave the situation he’s in in Boston.”