Marcus Morris: Sometimes Kyrie Irving's emotions 'were put in front of the team'

Nick Friar
October 21, 2019 - 9:26 am

Similar to Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris relocated to New York over the summer. Only, the forward is playing for the Knicks, while Irving is a Net.

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Also, unlike Irving’s new team, which has plenty of hope and excitement, the Knicks were mocked throughout the summer for not signing a single max contract player after they’d made space for two.

Of course, in the NBA, it’s nearly impossible to win without a superstar. There’ve been times where three has barely been enough.

But superstars don’t come without their own issues.

While discussing the difference between New York’s locker room and Boston’s last year, Morris explained how the Knicks “don’t have that one guy where it’s like, OK, he’s first,” per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

“It’s a team thing,” Morris continued. “No knock on Ky, but obviously he’s a superstar, he’s first. Sometimes his emotions were put in front of the team. I think here, we’re all transparent with each other. We can all go up to each other and be honest with each other. That’s the biggest thing, when you can go out and speak to your brother.”

Morris also touched on the other major problem the Celtics had last year: everyone taking a lesser role once Irving returned.

“...Kyrie goes down, we finish the season with a lot of young guys,” Morris said. “Everybody knows their role. So when he comes back, it’s hard for everybody to take a step back.”