Now, he’s leaning even further into basketball villainy in Boston.
After helping Brooklyn to a Game 4 win over the Celtics last night, Irving stomped on the Lucky the Leprechaun logo at midcourt.
NBC Sports Boston:
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 31, 2021
This apparently deliberate move by Irving has been juxtaposed with a fan throwing a water bottle at him afterward, and it’s worth making the comparison.
What Irving did was awesome. What the fan did was terrible.
Irving didn’t do anything that could physically harm anyone. He made a delightfully disrespectful symbolic gesture. Booed and cursed at throughout these last two games in Boston, he more than earned the right after scoring 39 points in the Nets’ victory. It was enjoyable theater in the NBA’s great drama.
If Celtics fans want to boo him even harder next time, more power to them. It’s fine to get worked up in good fun without crossing any lines.
Irving set a shining example of that last night.