Kevin Durant on Celtics fans hating Kyrie Irving: ‘It’s all rooted in love’

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Kevin Durant gave his opinion on the Boston Celtics’ hostility toward Kyrie Irving and the way Irving reacted.

Kevin Durant was asked by reporters about the way Kyrie Irving reacted to the Boston Celtics’ crowd during Game 1 of the playoffs. He chalked up Irving’s reaction to the fans as him not being in the mood.

"“Everybody has different moods, some days he might be up for it, and some days he might not,” Durant told reporters…..”He might not be in the mood for it next game, who knows.”"

The Brooklyn Nets faced the Celtics in game one of the playoffs, and during the game, there were moments where Kyrie Irving was caught going back and forth with fans. One incident involved Irving throwing up his middle finger to one of the fans in the crowd. Another was when Irving used profanity toward a fan, as he walked back to the locker room after the fan said he sucked.

Irving was asked about these incidents during his postgame interview and he said he was just keeping the same energy.

"“Look, where I’m from, I’m used to all these antics and people being close nearby. It’s nothing new when I come into this building what it’s going to be like, but it’s the same energy they had for me, and I’m going to have the same energy for them,” Irving said."

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Durant also said that the Celtics’ fan’s hatred for Kyrie is rooted in love.

"“It’s rooted in love. They once loved you, they once cheered for you and bought your merchandise, had life altering experiences coming to games watching you play. So when it kind of gets ripped from them in something like a trade or demanding a trade or wanting to leave, they feel like a piece of them is gone too.”"

Before the start of the 2018 season, Irving assured the Celtics that he would re-sign with them. But once his contract expired, he left Boston to sign with the Nets. It is natural for fans to be upset about this, and it’s doubtful the boos toward Irving whenever he gets the ball will stop anytime soon.

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