TD GARDEN — Kyrie Irving talks about the home stretch of the regular season and how the Boston Celtics are using it as playoff preparation.
Re: On Dwyane Wade’s Final Game at TD Garden
“I think that the most important thing as you go through your life, but especially your professional career, you’re the one that’s going to know when it’s time,” Irving said. “As long as you’re at peace with yourself, I’m fully supportive of that. I think he’s invested a lot of time. He’s sacrificed a lot of his life dedicating himself to being the best basketball player he can be. I mean, let my man ride off in the sunset on the white horse. If it’s time for him, then it’s time. We’ll probably see him playing in some 40-and-over summer leagues. It’s just the transition going from an NBA player to a retired NBA players is something I don’t think anyone is truly ready for. But if he’s at peace with it and he’s happy with his career then by all means, he deserves an ovation. He gets a bunch of claps and congratulations from me, because to do it the way he did it was very special, coming in with (LeBron James), (Chris Bosh), (Carmelo Anthony), that whole class, and he separated himself early on. He’s been a winner in this league. Of course you’ve got real life that he’s dealt with outside of the court and he’s handled himself like a true professional and I idolize someone like that. He’s really taken his brand to another level, became a very savvy business man and won championships while doing it. So I have nothing but great things and praises for D. Wade and his career.”
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