Kyrie Irving's time at the Boston Celtics has got off to a great start, as he has helped the team achieve a 7-2 record after nine games played so far in the 2017-18 season.
The point guard had a good game on Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he finished with 25 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot across 34 minutes. He'll look to continue this good play against the Orlando Magic later on today.
Irving recently appeared on Holding Court with Geno Auriemma where he praised Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for his basketball knowledge, humility, and focus on his craft and family.
The 25-year-old said: "That was something that I was unbelievably craving in terms of what I wanted in terms of my career. Brad fits perfectly in terms of that because he's an intellectual mind and a great human being."
Although he didn't mention his former coach at the Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue, this could be seen as him taking a shot at his former coach. It also discredits the work of David Blatt, Mike Brown, and Byron Scott.
Maybe Irving has a point as he is playing well so far for the Celtics this season after nine games played, as he has averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per contest for the Eastern Conference team. He's settling in well into his new role as 'the guy' on a team, rather than being the supporting role to LeBron James at the Cavaliers.
Stevens could be a part of that success, as he has done wonders for Boston since his arrival in 2013. The former Butler head coach has transformed the side from one a lottery team in his first season, to finishing with the best record in the East and playing in the Eastern Conference finals last year.
The next would be going beyond that to earn a Finals spot and a chance at winning the NBA Championship. With the way some of their major rivals are playing so far this season, there's a really good chance this could be the Celtics year.