In the eye of an eye, Boston Celtics is facing a sudden restructuring of its kind due to the potential deviations from Al Horford and Kyrie Irving.
With rumors of the latter's departure swirling in the last month, the stories in Boston's disappointing season have made headlines, many of which involve Irving's relationship with his teammates. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix added them to a Fox Sports Radio appearance on Tuesday. The NBA insider said Irving had a "terrible" relationship with Boston's young players who specifically refer to his rocky ties with Jaylen Brown.
"You can write a whole book about what went wrong because the season was basically a disaster from start to finish. His (Irvings) relationship with the young players on the roster was terrible. Jaylen Brown, he was probably Worst with, "Mannix said. "I don't think it was good with Jayson Tatum and it was terrible with Terry Rozier because Terry was replaced in a position he thought he did enough to win. It created a rather unpleasant atmosphere. Kyry's managerial skills were lacking and he failed it. He was the first player to be trained by Brad Stevens, who didn't really like being trained by Brad Stevens and that the relationship was not solid. "
We all remember their post-game interviews in a January tour when Brown indirectly jabbed in Irving after the All-Star point guard phoned out the team's younger players. So yes, evidence was there, but reports like this help confirm our suspicions.
If Irving actually says: Brooklyn, the story of young pistols will veterans probably play less role next season.
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