Celtics legend Kevin Garnett has taken a vicious sideswipe at recently-departed star Kyrie Irving, saying the now-Brooklyn Net didn’t have the “cojones” for Boston.
“Boston’s a tough town, dawg. You have to have some major cojones to be there,” Garnett said via The New York Daily News. “You got to want that. The people want it for you. That’s why Paul (Pierce) is perfect for it. Paul wants the shot every time. Like, ‘You’re 0-for-14.’ And he’s like, ‘I know, but they want it.'”
Irving has not yet returned to TD Garden and has not played against his former team yet, after suffering a shoulder injury nearly ten games ago. Garnett has not been the only former Celtics star to call out Irving, with Kendrick Perkins also laying in via Twitter.
Irving was roundly booed by Celtics fans when the Nets made the trip to TD Garden, despite the fact he was at home in Brooklyn. He responded via a lengthy Instagram post, saying that basketball means “very very little in the real world that most people live in because there are actually things that matter going on within it.”
In a wide-ranging interview as part of promotion for his for his upcoming movie, Uncut Gems, Garnett went on to say that he wasn’t surprised Irving left the Celtics, but also thinks Irving and Durant made the wrong decision going to Brooklyn.
“I thought they should have done the Knicks, if I’m being honest.” Garnett said. “I’m not a Knick fan by far. But if they come to the city and dominate, man. …The first superstar to hit New York and be vibing is going to be bigger than life. Remember I said that. Any piece of hope in this city is going to skyrocket. People are waiting.”
Irving will miss at least the next two NBA games as he continues to rehab his shoulder injury.