Kyrie said his team lacked "championship pedigree" on Saturday.
After a loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving had some pretty harsh criticisms of his young squad. The team is fifth place in the Eastern Conference which is surprising since many pundits had them being the best team in the East this season. Instead, it's been the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks that have shined.
Kyrie's frustration led him to say this on Saturday:
“The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team. What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the Finals?” Kyrie said.
According to ESPN, Kyrie explained those comments during the team's shootaround on Monday. The NBA champion said "I never want to come from a place where I don't want to sound like, or make it feel like, I don't want to win a championship. Sometimes I may come off and say things, never to question my teammates like that in public ever again; I just want to win so bad."
He also said he had requested a trade out of Cleveland and that he wants to be in Boston, but his desire to win so badly is what made him say what he did.
The Celtics will play tonight against the Brooklyn Nets, however, Irving will be sitting out with a Quad injury.