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“Racist” is a term that has become increasingly unpopular in the sports world, thanks to the growing number of high profile instances of racial discrimination that are making headlines. For instance, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry’s comments about his lack of familiarity with the Western Conference prompted the Golden State Warriors star to publicly apologize, but when the Cleveland Cavaliers star suggested that the Cleveland natives he played against were more ruthless than the Bostonians he encountered, a firestorm of controversy erupted.
The games between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets this weekend are not necessarily exciting, as the hard-working Nets look to build on their 2-0 lead in the series against the Celtics. The show, on the other hand, is a different story. Kyrie Irving returns to TD Garden for the first time after two disappointing seasons in Boston. Irving knows the fans will call him out and he hopes they don’t resort to racism, which prompted the former Celtics player to get involved in the conversation.
Kyrie Irving goes after Boston Celtics fans
Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena on the 21st. April 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) COMPARED TO: Kyrie Irving’s strange behavior should come as no surprise to the Nets, as he was furious after winning the 2016championship. Celtics fans mocked Irving, who quickly showed he can’t be the leader of an NBA team. He’s always been second to guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and his performance in Boston proved that he’s not number one. Fans wanted to boo the lead actor they had initially praised, but didn’t get that chance. He missed a few appearances in his first year in Brooklyn due to injury. Fans were not allowed to attend his final matches in Gardena-Gröden. Celtics fans will get their chance on Friday. As if fans weren’t already excited, Irving made it even more exciting by playing the race card in an interview after Game 2. I hope we can keep it to basketball and no fights, racism, subtle racism and people shouting nonsense from the audience, he said. After this statement, he was asked if he had ever experienced racism in Boston. I’m not the only one who can confirm this, he said. But it’s just… you know… it is what it is. The whole world knows about it.
Kendrick Perkins says he has never experienced racism in the eight years he has lived in Boston
. COMPARED TO: Nets star Kyrie Irving’s disappearance cost him nearly $1 million Irving’s comments on racism did not resonate in Boston. Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins spoke out after hearing his comments. Perkins spent more than eight years with the Celtics before returning as an opposing player and never saw racism. I lived there for eight and a half years and I personally never had to deal with racism in Boston, Perkins said during his post-game commentary for NBC Sports Boston. It’s just my business. I’ve never met her. I’m also a Celtics opponent again. I played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers and never experienced racism. With him it’s always pointless. I don’t even know why anyone is surprised by this comment.
Perkins teaches Irving the difference between racist and reckless
COMPARED TO: Kyrie Irving’s father makes bold statement about his son Celtics fans were hard on Irving last season when the Nets came to Boston and he didn’t even make the trip. They’ll be even harsher this time, but that doesn’t mean they’re racist. Perkins talked about New York fans and how they treated Atlanta Hawks star Trey Young during the playoffs. New York fans scanned F Trae Young that night, according to Perkins. That doesn’t mean they are racist. You’re reckless, aren’t you? They’re just supporting their team, but should we expect anything special from Kyrie? Come to think of it, we haven’t heard a single case of racism, not in my generation. Fans will talk about the noise, but that’s true everywhere, right? They’ll boo you. Take it. After all, it is a part of him.