Kyrie Irving faces even more criticism for stomping on the Celtics’ half-court logo after their Game 4 victory on Sunday – this time from Basketball Hall of Famer and former Celtic Kevin Garnett.
A screenshot captured by Jay King, Celtics reporter for The Athletic, showed an Instagram story of Garnett criticizing Irving for the action. Garnett played six seasons in Boston, from 2007 to 2013, winning five-time star status for the Celtics and winning the 2008 NBA Finals in his first season there. Irving played in Boston for two seasons, from 2017 to 2019.
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“So no one is going to say anything about tapping your foot” LUCK? “”, we read in the message. “We’re just going to pretend we haven’t seen him.
“You can’t do that,” the post continues. “It’s not coo (sic) at any level.… We all have to be better.…”
According to the screenshot, it appears that Garnett was posted at 12:15 p.m. ET on Monday. It’s unclear if he knew at the time that a fan – who was wearing a Garnett jersey – had launched a water fight against the Brooklyn star as he stepped out of the arena. Below is the video of Irving stomping on the Celtics logo, known to fans as Lucky the Leprechaun:
Irving, who has said he hopes to avoid “subtle racism” as the show heads to Boston, rang the bell after the fan – who has since been charged with assault and battery – threw the bottle at him.
“It’s unfortunate that sport has gotten to a lot of that kind of crossroads where you see a lot of old ways popping up,” Irving told reporters after the game. “It’s been so in history in terms of entertainment, artists and sports for a long time, just underlining racism and treating people as if they were in a human zoo.”
The series returns to Brooklyn on Tuesday. The game ends at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Nets holding a 3-1 lead.