A Celtics fan throwing a water bottle at Nets guard Kyrie Irving may have overshadowed a controversial gesture from Irving during Brooklyn’s victory Sunday, but at least one former Boston great wasn’t letting Irving’s action go unnoticed.
Retired Celtics forward Kevin Garnett posted an Instagram story to his verified account calling out Irving for stepping on the Celtics’ logo at midcourt during Brooklyn’s 141-126 victory in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Late in Sunday’s game, as Irving was greeting teammates who were headed to the Nets’ bench, he stepped out to midcourt, where he took a step on the face of the Celtics’ logo, known as Lucky the Leprechaun.
“So nobody going to say anything about Kyrie Stomping ‘Lucky’?” Garnett wrote. “We just gonna act like we didn’t see that,” he continued.
“… You can’t do that. That’s not cool on no level .. All of us need to be better frfr.”
The gesture sparked outrage and debate online among fans and former players and may have prompted the fan, who was later identified as Cole Buckley of Braintree, Massachusetts, to throw the bottle at Irving after the game. Buckley, 21, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.
Irving played for the Celtics in 2017-18 and 2018-2019 and signed with the Nets during free agency in the summer of 2019. On Sunday, he scored 39 points on 11-for-24 shooting, including 6 for 12 on 3-pointers.
Garnett, a 15-time NBA all-star and Hall of Famer, played for the Celtics for six seasons, helping the team win an NBA Finals during the 2007-08 season. He averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while in Boston.