Kyrie Irving's "Welcome to Boston" moment?
Obviously, it hasn't happened on the court yet. The Celtics don't begin training camp until next week. Off the court? It may have happened earlier this week when Irving found himself stranded in the rain with a broken down Jeep.
The C's new point guard told media a story at the Celtics uniform reveal event Thursday about how he was on his way to the C’s practice facility in Waltham when his Jeep broke down in front of Bentley University. He said four people - who had no idea who he was - stopped to ask him if he needed help and if he needed a lift.
Eventually, Irving said, Celtics equipment staff picked him up and he was 45 minutes late for a meeting with coach Brad Stevens.
“You know, just to have that type of support anywhere at any given moment, they had no idea who I was, it makes it even sweeter. Being part of the Boston culture, I’m just enthused and I can’t wait to get started.”
Here's Irving telling the story, via MassLive.com's Jay King.
Irving also expects big things from C's rookie and fellow former Duke Blue Devil Jayson Tatum.
More via King:
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”