There was a lot of worthwhile questions about Kyrie Irving's leadership style this season in Boston, many of them warranted. However, after the Celtics fell in ugly fashion to the Bucks on Wednesday night, Marcus Smart was not going to let the All-Star take the fall for causing the C's lack of cohesion this postseason.
“Bullshit. That’s bullshit," Smart said of the theory. "Not one of us on this team knows what Kyrie’s been through. Probably a few amount of people in this world knows what Kyrie goes through. It was hard for him as well. He was forced into a situation where it was business over the friendships, where he had to come into a situation knowing that this is a group of guys that had something going before I come here, how will I fit in? He didn’t want to disrupt that. And that says a lot.
"This is Kyrie Irving we’re talking about. And he’s talking about coming in and disrupting us. We took him in with full arms and we tried to understand it. Like I said, we never really understood. We’re not in his shoes. So that’s just a bullshit statement to say his leadership killed us. There’s four other guys out there, there’s 12, 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything. So to blame it on one guy is bullshit.”
Jaylen Brown was asked a similar question about Irving later in the day but deflected on giving any kind of direct answer.