Boston Celtics: Jalen Rose says Kyrie Irving wants Celtics to lose

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ESPN analyst Jalen Rose came from the clouds and delivered a steaming hot take saying that Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving wants his team to lose.

Someone call the fire department because we have a level 4 hot take. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose who is remembered by most fans as simply the guy who gave up 81 points to Kobe Bryant spoke before Game 3 and said that Boston Celtics Point Guard, Kyrie Irving is rooting against his own team.

"“If somebody says Kyrie Irving wants the Boston Celtics to win the championship without him, they’re flat-out lying to you,” Rose said on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” before Game 3 between the Celtics and Cavaliers Monday. “You think he wants to see the Boston Celtics win the East and upset the Golden State Warriors?”"

Should we take Rose’s thoughts seriously?

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Absolutely not. Irving has been on the Celtics bench cheering his team on. No one is asking Kyrie to be there. He could gladly stay in his beautiful house and watch the game from there.

Clearly, Irving cares about his teammates and in an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt he spoke about how he was in a “great place” and how everyone has done a great job helping each other out.

Sounds like a guy who wants his team to win in my opinion.

Also don’t you think Kyrie wants to stick it to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James in any way possible?

It would just add salt to the wound if the C’s beat the Cavs with Kyrie on the bench.

Rose doubles down

That wasn’t enough for Rose though. He wanted to really show people how great of an analyst he is.

"“This is salary-cap driven sport,” Rose said. “If [the Celtics] win the championship without Kyrie Irving, he’s going to be one of the first people they’re going to consider trading in order to re-sign [Terry] Rozier, [Marcus] Smart, [Jayson] Tatum, and [Jaylen] Brown. That’s just how the economics of the sport work.”"

I am still feeling the aftershocks from that take-quake. Why do people think that the Celtics are going to trade Irving? He had a great season. Irving continued to be a great scorer, driving to the rim with ease. “Killer” Kyrie could make shots that no other player could make. Irving even improved on defense. His Player Efficiency Rating (25) was the best of his career. In just one season Irving has become a more complete player. I can’t wait to see what he will do next season.

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Kyrie Irving isn’t going anywhere folks. He will come back next season alongside Gordon Hayward and the Celtics will instantly become the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals.