Kyrie Irving Saved Boston From a Sports Talk Radio Meltdown

Kyrie Irving Saved Boston From a Sports Talk Radio Meltdown
Terry Rozier not complaining about reduced Celtics role amid trade links
One day after a report trickled through Twitter that Rozier was frustrated with his playing time and the Celtics would need to deal him, Rozier said he would have talked to Danny Ainge himself if he had issues with his minutes — an opinion Ainge expressed Thursday morning on the radio as well.

“What Danny said makes sense because he knows me,” Rozier said. “If you dont know me, then you probably think Id say something like that. I woke up to the news just like you woke up to the news. I dont know where it came from, but like I said, Im happy to be in this position where Im at, to be playing on a team thats mentioned to have a chance to be in the championship, so Im not really worried whats being said. But Danny knows. And thats why he said what he said.”

“Most importantly, its being connected to an incredible, incredible culture that has existed way before me and will exist after me and I wanted to be a part of that,” Irving said. “It was the same conversation that I had with my dad when I went to Duke, same conversation I had when I was a St. Patrick Celtic. Its the next challenge in my career and I need to handle it face on.”

Unexpected early-season Celts subplot: Terry Rozier (restricted FA next summer) has been unhappy w/ his PT all season, word has gotten around the league, and everyone now knows the Celtics need to trade him… which, of course, makes it harder to trade him.

After Simmons tweet, Shams Charania of the Athletic included a note about seven teams watching Roziers status.

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“Thats how it should be,” Rozier said. “There should be more. Im blessed to be putting on this uniform, representing this organization every day, so I have no complaints. At all.”

BOSTON — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irvings media tour assuring Celtics fans he plans to re-sign over the summer continued Thursday morning, when The Athletic and Stadiums Shams Charania released a 1-on-1 with Irving in which the guard once again praised Bostons culture.

Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving appreciates being connected to an incredible, incredible culture

Brad Stevens acknowledged the adjustment going from starter to the bench hasnt been easy for Rozier, which is to be expected.

Irving told Celtics fans at a season-ticket holder event in September he plans to re-sign, but he has requested reporters not ask about contract details so the Celtics dont get in trouble with the league.

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“Obviously, Terry was a big discussion point yesterday and Terrys been nothing but a great teammate here,” Stevens said. “Hes been nothing but a great guy here. Hes never said a word to me. You know that hes struggling not from saying something but just from not seeing the ball go in as much. But he just keeps on being him. Thats what we love about him. You wouldnt expect anyone thats as ambitious or as accomplished as him to feel any differently than that. And so at the end of the day its on us to help him play better.”

Rozier suggested some of his recent struggles have been a result of pressing — looking to create looks instead of playing within the flow of the game.

PHOENIX — After one of their worst performances of the season in the first half against the Phoenix Suns, the Boston Celtics made a surprising move: Starting Marcus Smart in place of Jayson Tatum. 

“I feel like I was doing that a little bit,” Rozier said. “I wasnt saying so much minutes, but just when you try to watch a lot of film, you try to find out where you can be aggressive, where you can be effective on this good team, and its tough, but like I said, all that doesnt match if my mind is tangled up with things, if Im pressing it would be tough to play. So I mean it makes sense, so like I said, free mind, everything is good.”

“Thats one of the great things about Terry,” Stevens said. “Hes competitive, hes tough, he wants to impact the game, and sometimes when youre playing less you figure the best way to do that is be ultra-aggressive right out of the gate instead of letting the game and the easy play come to you. Thats something thats hard to adjust to and I think anybody would be struggling to adjust to. So Im not surprised at all that thats part of it and also one of the reasons why Im not gonna stop playing him the way hes playing. Hell get through this and hell be great, because of who he is.”

Boston trailed the Suns — who have struggled on both ends this season — 55-35. They shot just 21.7 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from behind the arc.

Rozier made it clear, though: While coming off the bench is harder than starting, and while the adjustment hasnt always been easy, he isnt complaining, and he certainly isnt going to do it through reporters.

The Celtics briefly closed the gap at the start of the third quarter before the Suns pushed the lead back to 17 points with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

“I would never go to the media or bring out the unhappy thing, I would never do that,” Rozier said. “Like I said, people who know me know I wouldnt do that. Ive never been a selfish type of person, selfish player. You can tell the way I play Im all about team, we, everything. Everything will be alright. Its not as bad as people make it seem.”

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Were nearing the two-month mark since his trade request went public, and its still unclear how soon his wish will be granted.

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge denied a report Thursday that teams have expressed interest in trading for guard Terry Rozier.

As the 2018-19 NBA season keeps rolling, so too does the seemingly perpetual movement of the rumor mill.

Appearing on Toucher and Rich (h/t Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston), Ainge said no teams have called him about Rozier since the start of the season.   

The latest batch of trade buzz includes both a familiar face and a new—though a tad predictable—one.

On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that at least seven teams are monitoring Rozier in hopes of acquiring him.

Charania also reported that Rozier has been unhappy with his playing time, but Ainge saidRozier hasnt mentioned anything about that to him, and added that he believes Rozier would “come to me and talk to me or [head coach] Brad [Stevens], and that hasnt happened.”

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