BRIGHTON, MA — The Celtics held court for the final time this season. After meeting with coaches and front office for exit interviews players were given the option of meeting with reporters. Several players declined (Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier) many of whom spoke after the team’s season ending defeat in Milwaukee. Marcus Smart was among those who did speak and like several others Smart was asked about Kyrie Irving’s leadership and whether that was an issue for the team this season.
“It’s four other guys out there, it’s 12, 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything, so to just blame it on one guy is bullshit.
“Not one of us on this team knows what Kyrie has been through,” Smart said. “He was forced into a situation where it was business over friendships. Where he had to come into a situation knowing that there’s a group of guys that had something going before (he came) here. . He didn’t want to disrupt that. That says a lot.
“We took him in with full arms. We tried to understand him. We never really understood. We’re not in his shoes.”