Kyrie Irving Says He Apologized To LeBron James, Wants To “Empower” Jaylen Brown & Celtics [VIDEO]
The five-time NBA All-Star said in a press conference Saturday that he believes his team’s younger players “don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team.”
One Celtics player who took offense to this comment is third-year guard Jaylen Brown, who fired back at 26-year-old Irving by saying the whole team needs to be held “more accountable.”
“We just have to have each other’s backs at the end of the day,” said Brown. “We can’t make comments, we can’t point fingers.”
Jaylen Brown to reporters in New York: “It’s not the young guys’ or old guys’ fault — it’s everybody.”
More: “We just have to have each other’s back at the end of the day. We can’t make comments, we can’t point fingers.”
Kyrie Irving has pointed at the young guys all season.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 15, 2019
The Athletic’s Jay King also tweeted Irving’s response to Brown’s remark.
“I’ve gotta empower them,” Irving said of his teammates. [Brown] was right.”
Kyrie Irving: “I’ve gotta empower them. (Jaylen Brown) was right.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 17, 2019
Irving also told NBCSports Boston about his apology to former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James. During the stretch the two played together on the Cavs, Irving reportedly disliked James’ leadership and was disgruntled over the fact that he himself couldn’t be the one to lead the team to success.
What do you think LeBron said to Kyrie Irving, who called Bron and apologized for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips.”
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 17, 2019
“I’ll tell you one thing, and obviously this is something that it was a big deal for me because I had to call Bron and tell him, ‘I apologize for being that young player that wanted to everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything to be at my threshold. I wanted to be the guy that led us to championships. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that,'” said Irving.
He continued: “And the responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that’s not meant for many people. And Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to really show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him. And sometimes getting the most out of the group, it’s not the easiest thing in the world.”
Kyrie Irving’s apology to LeBron shows the absence of leadership in the NBA — something the NFL doesn’t struggle with…
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 17, 2019