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Watch Kyrie Irving stomp on Celtics’ logo after Nets win (video)

Nets star Kyrie Irving near Celtics logo in Game 4 in Boston

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 30: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference first round series at TD Garden on May 30, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

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Kyrie Irving pledged to re-sign with the Celtics in 2018, brooded through the season, selfdestructed in the playoffs then left for the Nets that summer.

Now, he’s leaning even further into basketball villainy in Boston.

After helping Brooklyn to a Game 4 win over the Celtics last night, Irving stomped on the Lucky the Leprechaun logo at midcourt.

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This apparently deliberate move by Irving has been juxtaposed with a fan throwing a water bottle at him afterward, and it’s worth making the comparison.

What Irving did was awesome. What the fan did was terrible.

Irving didn’t do anything that could physically harm anyone. He made a delightfully disrespectful symbolic gesture. Booed and cursed at throughout these last two games in Boston, he more than earned the right after scoring 39 points in the Nets’ victory. It was enjoyable theater in the NBA’s great drama.

If Celtics fans want to boo him even harder next time, more power to them. It’s fine to get worked up in good fun without crossing any lines.

Irving set a shining example of that last night.