Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving appeared on streamer KaiCenat’s Twitch channel on Sunday and was candid about the team’s loss to the Boston Celtics in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
Irving’s full comment:
“We got 4-0, my G, we got 4-0. It had to happen. Motivation bro. We needed that humiliating experience, especially against the Celtics. We will see them again, we will have to do it. They will be where they need to be. But those young people in Boston, bro, I gotta see them grow up. So to see them do what they did last year in the finals, going this far, I’m glad they had to go through with us.”
Simply put, it’s coping. Losing the Nets in the first round after the formation of the superteam is the exact opposite of how things should have happened. Using such a failure as motivation would be ideal, though it’s unclear if the Nets can do that given all their off-season drama.
Both Irving and Kevin Durant hoped to get away through a trade, but neither was able to do so – the former because few teams were truly interested in his services, and the latter because no one was willing to pay (understandably) exorbitant prices. amount. Nets set price.
So both are back to at least start the season, along with head coach Steve Nash and Ben Simmons, who hasn’t played an NBA game for 15 months. If all parties can stay healthy and move past the events of last year, the Nets have the talent to become one of the best teams in the East and possibly the league. However, there are many “ifs” involved in this scenario and it is difficult to trust this group at the moment.