Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving confirmed his future is in Brooklyn after the team suffered a disappointing playoff exit. On Monday, the Boston Celtics beat the Nets at Barclays Center 116-112 to sweep Brooklyn. After the Nets' 4-0 first round loss, the reporters wanted to know whether the heavy loss could change Irving's plans for the future.
"There's no question about where I'm going and how this is going to happen," Irving said, per ESPN. "I'm here with [Durant], but also I'm here to build a great team. I've averaged this many points, done this many things. Individually, been recognized for my greatness, but at this point in my career, I really just want to be part of a great team.
And just dominate that way and not really focus on any individual accolades and achievements. Just really build something special -- that's my focus going into the summer is just building with my teammates."
Irving determined to bring Brooklyn an NBA championships
Irving and Kevin Durant didn't enjoy an impressive series versus the Celtics but still they remain one of the deadliest duos in the NBA.
Irving acknowledged that he and Durant came to Brooklyn to bring the city a championship and that's what they plan on achieving in the future. "When I say I'm here with Kev, I think that really entails us managing this franchise together," Irving said.
"Alongside [owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks], just our group of family members in our locker room, in our organization. So it's not just about me and Kev, I don't want to make it just about that, we're cornerstones but we have a few other guys on contract.
I think we've just got to make some moves this offseason, really talk about it, and really be intentional about what we're building and have some fun with it, make it enjoyable. "And hopefully we get to start from day one just as a squad and as a family and we just really worry about us.
Sometimes I feel like the noise on the external world, the outside noise, can seep in. I'm not the type of person to allow that to happen, so as we build together as a squad, I just think we need to be tougher mentally and just more honest about what we want to accomplish. And just stick to the goal, stick to the mission."