OAKLAND — The Celtics didn't waste time to get back on the floor after an ugly Sunday home loss against the Rockets in preparation for their toughest road trip of the season. Boston flew west immediately after the defeat and practiced at the University of San Francisco on Monday in preparations for their final regular season matchup with the defending champions this year.
In the wake of a testy press conference after Sunday's loss in which he said just 38 combined words in response to eight questions, Kyrie Irving opened up about his moodiness and a video showing him swearing at the ABC camera crew as he entered the TD Garden on Sunday.
“I didn’t really come into this game to be cameras in my face, you know, be famous, be a celebrity, whatever embodies that, so it’s a little hard for me,” Irving told reporters. “I wanted those things when I was younger but now at this point in my career I just want to play basketball at a very, very high level and the distractions that come within the team sometimes can get overwhelming so, I’m human.”
The comments are a bit hypocritical when you consider that Irving has very much embraced his celebrity by starring in Uncle Drew and agreeing to produce a horror film this summer. Just like LeBron James sounded silly when emphasizing that his Lakers teammates need to be fully focused on basketball (amid him producing a TV show and album), Irving's comments here don't line up with his actions.
Despite that contradiction, Irving also opened up in greater detail about his recent moodiness and the team's struggles out of the All-Star Break and the toll it's taken on him.