“You are the Distraction”: Former Boston Celtics Star Slams Kyrie Irving

Published 06/17/2020, 2:31 PM EDT


Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins didn’t agree with Kyrie Irving and his thought on the league’s restart.

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Irving was one of the first players to raise concerns after the NBA agreed on a 22-team restart. He led a conference call last Friday talking about the issues the league restart could pose. He believed the NBA would a distraction from the ongoing fight that the society is fighting against racial discrimination.

Pekins slammed Irving for his comments saying it was he who was the “distraction.

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“Kyrie Irving, right now you are the distraction. You’re distracting the whole situation,” Perkins said on ESPN’s Get Up!. “It’s crazy to me because you come out and do something separately, without talking to your (NBPA) president Chris Paul or consulting with Michele Roberts and go off and do something totally different and get a group of guys together and say, ‘Let’s sit out.’ It makes zero sense and I totally disagree with Kyrie Irving.”

Kendrick Perkins sends shots at Kyrie Irving and says he’s ‘confused’

“If you take Kyrie Irving’s brain and put it in a bird right now, guess what that bird is going to do? It’s going to fly backwards.”

(🎥 @GetUpESPN )

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— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 17, 2020

Perkins has played eight years for the Celtics between 2003 and 2011 and won a Championship in 2008. Since his retirement in 2018, Perkins has been appearing as an NBA analyst.

Kyrie Irving got a mixed reception

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Since Irving’s views about the league’s restart came out, there have been a few who have supported him as well as a few who haven’t.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard released a statement agreeing to Kyrie. Also, former NBA player Stephen Jackson was with Irving saying the NBA resuming could affect the protests.

Houston Rockets’ Austin Rivers was among those saying the NBA would bring in revenue which would help in the protests. Utah Jazz veteran Ed Davis also had similar views. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James believed the NBA would not affect his participation in the fight against social issues.

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According to reports, the tentative date set for the NBA’s restart is July 31/

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Saketh Kandadai

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