Kyrie Irving suffered one of the most humiliating playoff defeats in his career but after the series was over he went to the Boston Celtics locker room to congratulate his "brothers" on a deserved win. On Monday night, the Nets' season came to an end after they suffered a 116-112 loss to the Celtics at Barclays Center.
What was expected to be one of the biggest first round battles, ended with Boston sweeping Brooklyn. "We didn’t get the result we wanted, but I wanted to congratulate my brothers in that Celtics locker room. They earned the series Win and I wish them well as they advance.
Nothing but love competing against them," Irving tweeted.
We didn’t get the result we wanted, but I wanted to congratulate my brothers in that Celtics locker room. They earned the series Win and I wish them well as they advance.
Nothing but love competing against them. — A11Even (@KyrieIrving) April 27, 2022
Irving left the Celtics in 2019 to join the Nets
Three seasons have passed and Irving hasn't yet won a championship in Brooklyn. After the brutal first round loss, Irving confirmed he plans to stay with the Nets.
"There's no question about where I'm going and how this is going to happen," Irving said. "I'm here with [Durant], but also I'm here to build a great team. I've averaged this many points, done this many things.
Individually, been recognized for my greatness, but at this point in my career, I really just want to be part of a great team. And just dominate that way and not really focus on any individual accolades and achievements. Just really build something special -- that's my focus going into the summer is just building with my teammates."
Irving and Kevin Durant are still considered as one of the best duos in the NBA. The Nets are hoping to have a healthy Ben Simmons next year and attack the NBA championship. On paper, the Nets still have one of the most talented teams in the NBA.
"When I say I'm here with Kev, I think that really entails us managing this franchise together," Irving said. "Alongside [owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks], just our group of family members in our locker room, in our organization.
So it's not just about me and Kev, I don't want to make it just about that, we're cornerstones but we have a few other guys on contract. I think we've just got to make some moves this offseason, really talk about it, and really be intentional about what we're building and have some fun with it, make it enjoyable."