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Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley roast Kyrie Irving for his post-game comments: "Stop whining. Man up!"

Fans insulting players is nothing new in the NBA.
Kyrie wasn't shy about responding to the boos and insults.

Kyrie wasn't shy about responding to the boos and insults.

Tatum's buzzer-beating layup to beat the Nets in Game 1 of their first-round series is definitely the moment of the night, but the war of words and gestures between Kyrie Irving and Celtics fans is also a hot topic. After the game, Kyrie shared his stand on it, and Shaq and Charles didn't like it.

Kyrie vs Boston

From a video surfacing before the game, off Kyrie cursing out a fan in the tunnel to throwing middle fingers and making 'crying' gestures towards the crowd, Kyrie Irving didn't shy away from responding to the Celtics fans booing him from the tip every time he touched the ball.

It would only fire him up to dominate and score 39 points in amazing fashion, but it wasn't enough to steal the road win. In the post-game press conference, Kyrie explained his reasoning for all the hostile gestures by an array of explicit words he claims were said to him:

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"When people start yelling 'p***y,' and 'b***h' and 'f**k you' and all this other stuff, there's only but so much you can take as a competitor, and we're the ones expected to be docile and be humble and take a humble approach. Nah, f**k that. It's the playoffs."

Kyrie Irving, Postgame

Shaq and Charles react

Obviously, all the controversy about the bad blood between Celtics fans and Kyrie stirred a lot of reactions in the media. After the game, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley shared their unsatisfaction with Irving's response:

"Well, if the great Bill Russel went through it, I wanna go through that. I don't really wanna hear all that. Certain cities, they don't wanna hear what you said at the press conference. You know what's gonna happen Game 2? They gonna be talking more smack in Boston...It happens to the best of us. You don't think people said stuff to Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon...Man up!"

Shaquille O'Neal, NBA On TNT

"Most of the fans are amazing. Some of them gonna say some rude stuff. Please stop it, you athletes today, whining like little..."

Charles Barkley, NBA On TNT

Like always, Shaq and Charles are not holding back on criticizing the softness of the modern era of basketball. Shaq is referencing the fact Bill Russell got racially discriminated, against despite bringing 11 championships to Boston, simply because of the make-up of the city being portrayed that way.

Kyrie is not the first or last guy to get booed or insulted by fans, as that is a regular occurrence in the NBA world. How one copes with it is a whole different subject. Although it didn't impact Irving's game in a bad way, it's apparent that it bothers him. He should listen to the legends and ignore the crowd, focusing on him and his team, because the fans will only get tougher on him if he continues to respond in this way.

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