The allusion to “subtle racism” among Boston fans made by Kyrie Irving has completely changed the narrative surrounding the Nets and Celtics’ playoff series. It could also influence other players around the NBA when it comes to their interest, or lack thereof, in playing for the C’s.
Danny Ainge acknowledges the possibility of Irving’s comments – which came along with Kevin Durant, who added “The whole world knows” – having influence around the league. But the Celtics President of Basketball Operations also noted that Irving doesn’t necessarily represent the feelings of everyone, particularly those who have played in Boston or worn a Celtics uniform before.
“I think that everybody’s influencing somebody,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Thursday. “So yeah, I think that there’s – my fear is that could possibly happen. But I think that our players, and players that have played here in the past, all have their experiences to share, and it’s just one player.”