Kyrie Irving of the Nets burns sage in TD Backyard earlier than returning to Boston


Kyrie Irving really should have his own reality TV show at this point.

In the latest episode of "Keeping with Kyrie," Irving returned to TD Garden in Boston on Friday when the Nets competed against the Celtics in both teams' final exhibition in 2020. It looked like he was afraid of lingering evil spirits because he burned sage on the pitch before the game. Irving played two dramatic seasons in Boston before signing with Brooklyn as a free agent in 2019. He was absent from the Celtics last season because of an injury.

Seriously, this guy needs his own show considering he has a knack for grabbing people's attention – whether he's spreading conspiracy theories (i.e., the whole "flat earth" thing) or not thinks about the media. ("I don't talk to farmers.")

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During the NBC Sports Boston pregame show on Friday, ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, a former Irving teammate with the Cavaliers and a great ex-Celtics man, didn't seem surprised by Irving's antics.

"What else did you expect?" Perkins said with a laugh. "He'll always give you the unexpected. But I'll tell you something, Sage in the TD Garden won't change anything; it won't change the way fans think of him, it won't change the way. " The city of Boston feels for him. It won't change Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart as they prepare to be in Kyrie tonight.

"He can do whatever he wants wisely, it won't help."

Kevin Durant, who joined Irving last off season when he also signed with the Nets, said he wasn't surprised by the ritual either.

"That's his thing," said Durant. "Kyrie probably left his room before playing 2K at home."


Steven Gregory