WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are in good shape health-wise as a team, but that doesn’t mean Brad Stevens won’t lighten the load of a player or so between now and the start of the season.
Stevens said Kyrie Irving will go “very, very light today” for what Stevens characterized as a “maintenance day.”
“We’ll add in maintenance days for different guys as we go along,” Stevens said. “Ultimately, that’s just an individual thing.”
While this is Irving’s first season, one must remember that Irving is coming off a much longer season than any of his Celtics teammates.
Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals last season, their third consecutive trip to the Finals.
Irving, 25, like most of the Celtics, is still adjusting to Boston’s emphasis on player’s rest and recovery.
“I’m appreciative of it,” Irving said. “I know the younger guys will be as they get older because I know older guys, it means a lot to them as well.”
The Celtics also have their pregame shoot-arounds shortly before games, as opposed to most teams who hold their shoot-around earlier that morning.
“I’m all for it, I’m all for it,” said Irving, smiling.
And while there’s always a concern when any Celtics player misses practice or is limited for whatever, Stevens made it clear that the health of his team is in a good place.
“If we’re playing a game tomorrow, everybody is ready to go,” Stevens said. “We’re in good shape.”
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.”