A crucial part of being a good leader is a good communicator. That does not mean you have to talk a lot. The way you convey your message should suit your character, but whichever way you do it the person you want to receive the message cant be going "what the hell is he talking about!?"
That's why Kyrie as a vocal leader would always have a learning curve. The man isn't known for clarity of thought. A lot of his statements are metaphysical, spiritual observations, a style not conducive when speaking to a diverse group. This entire season has been the "only one ball" conundrum for the Celtics. So when things didn't start going well for the Celtics, gotta love the irony on this one, he began criticizing the young ones on the team. Remember why he left the Cavs?
Yep, he pulled a LeBron on the team. The very same thing he found overwhelming, and there he was always talking about their performance. To top it off, he would pull a David Blatt intro "I've won a championship, achieved a lot more, they should listen to me." Yesterday he talked to the press and at first glance, it would seem he realized his mistake and expressed a desire to change.
I did a poor job of setting an example for these guys of what it's like to get something out of your teammates. You go and you say something publicly, and it ends up received in so many different ways, and you never know how fragile or what guys are going through when you say things like that. You're expecting results, but at the same time, I should've kept it in-house. Going forward, I want to test these young guys, but I can't be a bully like that. I want to get the best out of them, but I can't do it personally like that. That was a learning experience for me of being in this position of really realizing the magnitude of my voice and what I really mean to these guys. I want to see them do well and do that where I empowered them. [Jaylen] was right. I gotta do the right things and not point fingers at individuals and really realize what we can do as [a] group, despite when we go on the road or the mishaps we may have. I've been there to the championship. I've tasted it. But I can't expect that they're gonna get it. I'm just really working on my patience and just coming to helping these guys realize that we can do it against the best teams. But in order to be that championship-level team, we gotta do that every single day to help our team prove to not just the Raptors or Golden State that we can play with them, but we gotta prove it to every team that we can really play with them.
"I want to get the best out of them, but I can't do it personally like that. That was a learning experience for me of being in this position of really realizing the magnitude of my voice and what I really mean to these guys. I want to see them do well and do that where I empowered them." - call me crazy, but a leader that's basically apologizing doesn't talk about himself so much and in that way. "The magnitude of his voice" and "what he means to them." Oh yeah, them to do well where HE empowers them. Maybe that's the problem, not just the public nature of the criticism but failure to explain to them why they should accept your vision of their game. C'mon man, you are starting to sound like:
Obviously, this was a big deal for me, because I had to call [LeBron] and tell him I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything at my threshold. I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that, and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people.
Now, if I were Jalen or Jason, I wouldn't feel like this is an intro into saying Kyrie was wrong. Seems like he is saying that now he understands LeBron because now he knows what it's like to have such teammates - young, too eager, not ready for the responsibility. He is also implying that now he does understand and is prepared to take that LeBron role, so a slight self-pat on the back.
Maybe things change, and the locker room responds positively to this but in the long run, the way he framed this, I wouldn't bank on Kyrie becoming the captain of the team. Everyone says Marcus Smart is the guy that commands most respect and has everyone's ear; doesn't talk much, plays hard, leads by example.
Sounds like a leader to me.