Kyrie Irving's return to Boston to face the Celtics for the first time since leaving in the summer as a free agent will be put on hold. This is unfortunate as this was one of the most anticipated games of the season. We all know how disastrous last season went in what ultimately led to Kyrie Irving's departure. Not a lot of Celtics fans, myself included, want to even bring up last season. Kyrie Irving's time in Boston went worse than anyone could have possibly imagined. Before the 2018-19 season started, a lot of people had the Celtics potentially making the NBA Finals and winning the Eastern Conference. Instead, they finished 4th in the East with a record of 49-33 and got embarrassed by the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs, losing the best-of-7 series in the Eastern Conference Semifinal 4-1. It was clear and evident that there was something wrong with the team chemistry from the very first month of the season. I am not blaming Kyrie Irving 100% for last season's failures but he definitely should get the majority of the blame. The team was clearly dysfunctional and Irving was at the center of it all.
From all of the dumb things he said to the awful attitude he had towards his teammates, myself and every other Celtics fan sure is glad that he is gone. It is a bummer that he won't be playing or traveling for this Wednesday's game. I was looking forward to sitting back on my couch the day before Thanksgiving and booing Kyrie Irving all night as he made his return to the Garden but unfortunately that will have to hold off. Is it really the injury that is keeping him out of this game though? That is definitely part of it but there is no doubt that there is more to the story.
After publicly telling the Celtics season ticket holders that he planned to re-sign with the team for a long period of time prior to the 2018-19 season, there is no wonder why a bad taste was left in the mouth of all Celtics fans after breaking that promise and joining the Nets. Kyrie Irving knew that he was going to hear the boos raining down from the fans at TD Garden if he did play Wednesday night and therefore, used the injury he has as a reason to avoid that. Boston fans are not known for being forgiving either, so he knew that the hate was coming. Kyrie Irving can't avoid taking the floor in Boston forever, so whether it be in March or whatever that date may be, remorseless boos will be coming his way from all of the fans he rejected.