Did you ignore Kyrie Irving’s postgame comments after his Brooklyn Nets were swept by the Boston Celtics?
You were hardly alone. NBC Sports Boston analyst Kendrick Perkins said on Celtics Postgame Live that he had to mute Irving after he started blaming Brooklyn’s struggles about a minute into his lengthy comments after a win 116-112 for the Celtics to put the finishing touches on the Nets in 2022.
Perkins, along with his former Celtics teammate Eddie House, eviscerated Irving and his apology train.
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“He said a lot of nothing,” Perkins said. “For real, he didn’t say anything at the time, talking about the direction they’re going and things of that nature.”
Perkins noted that Irving has teamed up in Brooklyn with Kevin Durant to win championships — not to get swept up, not to throw people under the bus, not to say they’re looking forward to the offseason.
“He spoke in so many circles that I started getting dizzy,” House said.
Above all, Perkins challenged Irving’s decision comments blaming media for Nets struggles. Irving said after the game that hopefully the Nets “don’t run into any obstacles and we can start fresh … and live with the results of our team rather than being the polarization of the media and see our names dragged”.
“That’s when I stopped listening,” Perkins said. “He always wants to come and attack and say ‘Oh, the media say this, the media say that.’ Kyrie, you give us a reason to say something about this. Are you getting swept up? It gives us a reason to talk about you and Kevin Durant.”
House agreed, also calling out Irving for several other excuses he made, including Brooklyn not being used to playing with each other. Irving only recently became eligible to play home games for the Nets due to New York’s COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.
“Don’t try to downplay the importance,” House said. “You all came here, you all got booed. They had a game plan and you couldn’t figure it out.”
Check out Perkins and House’s full comments in the video player above.