Following the Celtics' 120-107 win against the LA Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday night, Kyrie Irving spoke to Yahoo Sports and opened up about the way he's conducted himself this season.
"The way I’ve handled things, it hasn’t been perfect,” Irving said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes that I take full responsibility for. I apologize. I haven’t done it perfectly. I haven’t said the right things all the time. I don’t want to sit on a place like I’m on a pedestal from anybody. I’m a normal human being that makes mistakes. For me, I think because of how fixated I was on trying to prove other people wrong, I got into a lot of habits that were bad, like reading stuff and reacting emotionally. That’s just not who I am.”
Irving certainly has been no stranger to drama this season. In my opinion, he's just misunderstood sometimes. He says things people may take the wrong way, things that I think he regrets; but at the end of the day, he's just a passionate, outspoken player and he wants to succeed with this team.
“I just want to make sure this locker room understands who I am and what I represent,” Irving said. “I’m trying to make sure that they set a great example for young players that are coming after them as well. Like I said, I haven’t said the right things and done all the right things, and I don’t ever want to compare myself to perfection."
This season, Irving is leading the Celtics with 23.4 PPG and 7.0 APG.
The Celtics are back in action tonight against the Sacramento Kings at 7:30 pm ET. Boston enters with a 41-27 record, Sacramento is 33-33.