Jalen Rose says Kyrie Irving's teammates 'can't wait for him to leave'


Jalen Rose does not think it would be a bad thing if Kyrie Irving spurned the Celtics and signed elsewhere this offseason. In fact, Rose thinks it would be the best outcome for this wildly disappointing group.

On ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday, Rose said he thinks Irving’s teammates are hoping he decides to play elsewhere. “He’s done in Boston. And you ready for this? His teammates will help him pack,” Rose said. “They can’t wait for him to leave.”

Kyrie Irving's teammates "can't wait for him to go." #Celtics pic.twitter.com/KC3uFk4mxP

— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 7, 2019

The Celtics’ 113-101 Game 4 loss to the Bucks Monday epitomized all of their worst tendencies, featuring ill-fated attempts at “hero ball” and lethargic efforts on defense. They lost the game midway through the third quarter, when Giannis Antetokounmpo went to the bench. Milwaukee immediately ripped off a 10-0 run, which was downright embarrassing.

Irving went 7-for-22 Monday and is now 19-for-62 over the last three games. The Celtics once again struggled to hit threes, only landing 9 of their 41 shots from beyond the arc.

Rose said Irving’s presence slows Boston down offensively. “They used to be a pace-and-space team, where the ball and the moment dictated who got the shot. Kyrie Irving is a ball-dominant, isolation type of player. They used to be a team where Al Horford, their center, led them in assists. That was their style. Now, they’ve chosen to give the ball to Kyrie to take them home. He’s shown he can’t be the best player on a contending team.”

While Irving remains an incredibly skilled player, it’s difficult to argue with Rose. This was Irving’s first season as an unabashed leader, and it resulted in turmoil, chaos, and losing streaks. 

The Celtics may be worse on paper without him, but at least they might be more enjoyable to watch. And recent history shows they might win more, too.