Marcus Smart stands up for Kyrie Irving, says notion his leadership hurt team is 'bulls---'

Ryan Hannable
May 09, 2019 - 2:53 pm

After the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs by the Bucks on Wednesday, many pointed the finger at Kyrie Irving saying he was one of the major reasons why the team did not reach expectations and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Some said it was his poor leadership that was a major issue, but speaking to reporters Thursday back in Boston, Marcus Smart stood up for Irving.

“Bulls---. That’s bulls---," he said. "... Probably a few amount of people in this world know what Kyrie goes through. It was hard for him as well. He was forced into a situation where it was the business over friendships where he had to come into a situation knowing this was a group of guys that had something going before coming here — how will I fit in? He didn’t want to disrupt it. That says a lot. This is Kyrie Irving we’re talking about. He was talking about coming in and disrupting us. … We never really understood. We’re not in his shoes.

"That is just a bulls--- statement to say his leadership killed us. There’s four other guys out there, 12-13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything. To just blame it one one guy is bulls---.”

Irving has a player option and if he opts out would become a free agent.

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