Kyrie Irving has been openly frustrated with some of his younger teammates this season, but the Boston Celtics star acknowledged on Monday that voicing those frustrations publicly may not be the best way to improve results.
After the Celtics lost a close game to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Irving spoke at length with reporters about how the team lacks “experience.” He then went into a rant about younger players not making the most of their minutes.
“You’ve got to come in and make an impact for the minutes that you’re playing out there. You’ve got to appreciate being out there and just competing,” Irving said, per John Karalis of MLive.com. “It doesn’t matter who you’re going against. It matters the type of preparation you have, what you’re going out and trying to accomplish.”
There’s a belief that Irving is frustrated with Jayson Tatum, whose play has been inconsistent this year. He scored just 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting against Orlando, but Irving’s comments seem to be directed toward one or more teammates who came off the bench.