Kendrick Perkins blasts ‘disrespectful’ Kyrie Irving: ‘He’s not a Batman’ – Yahoo Sports


Kyrie Irving played the starring role in the season-long Boston Celtics meltdown that concluded with Wednesday’s series-ending loss in Game 5 to the Milwaukee Bucks, one teammate had his back.” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>As Kyrie Irving played the starring role in the season-long Boston Celtics meltdown that concluded with Wednesday’s series-ending loss in Game 5 to the Milwaukee Bucks, one teammate had his back.

Marcus Smart stood up for his suspected-to-be-departed teammate when talking with reporters Thursday, calling it “bulls—” that Irving’s leadership — or lack thereof — was at the heart of Boston’s woes this season.” data-reactid=”17″ type=”text”>Marcus Smart stood up for his suspected-to-be-departed teammate when talking with reporters Thursday, calling it “bulls—” that Irving’s leadership — or lack thereof — was at the heart of Boston’s woes this season.

But one former Celtic was having none of it.

Perkins: Irving ‘disrespectful’ to city, Celtics

Kendrick Perkins, the starting center for the 2008 Celtics championship team, laid into Irving Thursday in an interview with FS1’s Colin Cowherd, criticizing his leadership and labeling him as disrespectful.

“In this series I think the way Kyrie went about it was disrespectful to the city of Boston, disrespectful to the organization and he didn’t represent what Celtic Pride is all about… He was a bad leader and it was proven he’s not a Batman.” —@KendrickPerkinspic.twitter.com/OcUQG8rJ6V

— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd)May 9, 2019

“The way he went about it was disrespectful to the city of Boston, was disrespectful to the organization, and he didn’t represent what Celtics pride is all about,” Perkins said. “I spent my first 8 1/2 years of my career in Boston. Those fans are unbelievable. The organization is unbelievable. The history of the franchise in itself is unbelievable.

“The way Kyrie went about it — ‘OK, yeah I struggled, OK on to the next game’ — kinda like the ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Basically throughout the whole process, I mean, I thought he had gotten it. But he was just a bad leader. And he didn’t represent what Celtic pride was about. It was proven that — in my opinion — he’s not a Batman.”

Irving joined Celtics to be ‘Batman’

Irving forced his way out of Cleveland after winning a championship with the Cavaliers alongside LeBron James. He was tired of playing in James’ shadow and wanted to prove he could be the top option on a contender.

One former Celtic’s harsh words for Kyrie Irving were more telling that Marcus Smart’s. (AP)

After the Celtics made the Eastern Conference finals last season with Irving sidelined by injury, this was his first opportunity to prove that he was that guy — a Batman, as Perkins put it.

He and the Celtics failed in spectacular fashion. As the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors all made advancements, the Celtics took a step back when Irving and Gordon Hayward joined the lineup.

A disappointing regular season ended with a flaccid performance in the playoffs, with Irving at the center of it all.

Kyrie’s very bad playoff performance

Irving was a disaster against the Bucks, shooting 35.2 percent from the field while connecting on 7-of-32 (22.7 percent) 3-point attempts in the series. Forget Batman. Those don’t qualify as Robin numbers.

ranged from apathetic to defensive while asking questions like “who cares?” and touting that he should actually be shooting more.” data-reactid=”43″ type=”text”>To make matters worse, his public responses ranged from apathetic to defensive while asking questions like “who cares?” and touting that he should actually be shooting more.

He regularly came off as the aggrieved party while he was the source of the actual grievances.

Perkins has a point

So while it’s admirable that Smart would stick up for Irving and shoulder his share of the blame for the Celtics struggles, Perkins isn’t obligated to take that kind of stance being a former player.

His take on Irving is a lot more candid. And a lot more telling.

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