Kyrie Irving doesn’t know if the earth is round or flat. He also doesn’t know for sure where he’ll be playing basketball after next season.
These are things a few of the things we learned after Kyrie gave a very Kyrie interview to the New York Times promoting his new movie Uncle Drew set to hit theaters later this month. In it he gave some classically Kyrie answers about the shape of the earth, and other nonsensical things, but of greater interest and concern to Celtics fans was what he had to say about staying in Boston for the long term.
Irving has an opt out at the end of this season. The reporter, Sopan Deb asked Kyrie whether he thought he’s return to Boston after this season. Irving’s answer didn’t make it into the final version of the story so Deb tweeted it out. It was….something.
“Well, I mean I know that question is going to come up a lot over the next year, just based upon where my deal is,” Irving said via Deb’s screenshot linked above. “And, you know, that time will arise and when it does, I think I’ll have a better, clear, concise answer for a lot of people that are going to ask. Yeah, I just have to take it as being present with the Boston Celtics. You know nd going into this year with the mindset of trying to win a championship”
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— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 9, 2018
This definitely can’t be what you want to hear if you’re a Celtics fan. Irving’s remarks capped off a week of stories and reports that definitely clouded his future with the C’s.
On Sunday Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman said he “didn’t think it was a given” that Irving would be back with the C’s after next season.
Then later in the week Yahoo’s Chris Mannix said the the Celtics were “scared” that Irving might bolt in free agency after this year.