Kyrie Irving wasn’t the only one enraged by his trampling on Boston’s center-court emblem displaying “Lucky the Leprechaun” on Sunday, a moment that was overshadowed by a fan throwing a water bottle at the Nets star later.
“Isn’t there going to be anything said about Kyrie Stomping ‘Lucky’?” On Monday, Celtics legend Kevin Garnett posted on Instagram.
“We’re just going to pretend we didn’t see it”.
“You can’t do that,” the Hall of Famer, who won a championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2008, continued.
“That’s not cool in any way… “We all need to improve.”
After a Celtics fan in a Garnett jersey nearly smacked Irving with a water bottle as he travelled down the tunnel towards the locker room following Brooklyn’s win, a video of Irving stamping his left shoe on the symbol went viral on social media.
Cole Buckley, a 21-year-old Massachusetts resident, was barred from TD Garden and will be arraigned on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday, according to local police.
However, it appeared that Garnett was primarily criticising Irving, who scored 39 points on Sunday and was booed violently in both games in Boston.
Irving, 29, had a rough two seasons with the Celtics, which included him reportedly criticising younger players and underperforming in the 2019 playoffs.
He signed a four-year, $136 million contract with the Nets that summer, teaming up with NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Nets are one game away from eliminating Boston.
Kyrie appeared to step on the Boston logo as he greeted his teammates at half court postgame.
— ESPN (@espn) May 31, 2021