Skip to main content

"Everyone respects his talent but he’s hard to play with. It’s all about him."


The quote comes from an unnamed Celtics player in a story by Jeff Goodman, and it encapsulates the crux of the decision the Celtics have to make.

As much as Kyrie talked about the young players not understanding he did it before and they should follow him, it was never a question to the players on the team appreciate and respect his basketball abilities. There was never talk about his standing within the organization.

But as we found out many times before, the best player is not necessarily the leader of the team. That title is not earned by scoring points and grabbing rebounds - it's earned in the locker room, on the bus and the plane, in the press conference. As the player said, Kyrie's performance in that department is primarily "all about him."

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Fitting in with most players of his (and younger) generations, Kyrie is all about his brand and his story. That's not a good foundation upon which you can build a good leader. He is only 25, but if you analyze the cause of his poor leadership, it is not likely to change with time and aging. A clash between modern 24h media cycle and a man that believes he is above it all yet craves love and approval is not likely to change. (Sounds a lot like another superstar, right?)

So the Celtics need to decide - do you want a dominant scorer that is likely to make the team a moody group or a team that likes coming in to work every day. His performance against the Bucks showed us those are more connected than one might think. A man that gets called out on changing (and deteriorating) the identity and chemistry of his team and then sulks is not worth a max contract.

Yet, all the numbers say even if he wants to leave, losing an asset for nothing is the worth outcome. After recovering from his mild heart attack, Danny Ainge has a lot to decide, especially when you factor in the Anthony Davis possibility.

Usually, I'd say that if he stays, the Celts need to have an honest talk with each other. But they had one on that magical plane ride and it didn't really help.

If your only method is a conversation and you are dealing with a man that you can't really trust, not because you think he is being dishonest, but he is so moody he just might think something else the next morning, it's an impossible decision to make.


"I smell pus*y Lord!"-Iman Shumpert reveals a crazy Kevin Garnet trash-talking story

"Boy, I dunked that ball the next play and called him all types of bit*h!"-Shumpert took KG's trash talk personal.

Shaq & Kobe go head to head with Magic & Kareem for the title of the greatest Lakers' duo

The battle of the two greatest duos in Lakers' franchise history

Magic & Kareem or Kobe & Shaq -- two greatest duos in LA Lakers' history go head to head in NBA 2k22


Eddy Curry opens up about his time with the New York Knicks — “That was the year I started experiencing knee problems”

If there’s one way to define Eddy Curry’s basketball career, it’s probably “untapped potential"

Lebron James and Michael Jordan on court during halftime during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game

LeBron James’ $45 Lobos tequila defeats Michael Jordan’s Cincoro tequila in the 2022 Spirits tequila competition

This year's Spirits tequila competition was reportedly the largest iteration ever, with almost 5,000 different alcoholic brands participating.

NBA analyst and former player Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal names the only 4 real superstars in the NBA

Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo immediatley came to Shaq's mind. The other two guys, he had to be reminded of. And then the Kawhi Leonard issue came up.

Orlando Magic first overall draft pick Paolo Banchero

Number one overall pick Paolo Banchero reveals his top five NBA players of all time

Many were quick to notice the heavy presence of the Los Angeles Lakers on Banchero’s list, and it immediatley started speculation from Laker Nation.