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Kyrie Irving stomping on the Celtics logo seen as ‘red flag’ inside Celtics organization

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 25: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets brings the ball up court during the third quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving stomped on the Celtics half-court logo on May 31st, 2021. At the time, various former Boston Celtics players were upset about the apparent lack of respect towards the organization. Kevin Garnett lashed out in an Instagram post towards the Brooklyn Nets point guard. Glen Davis made a highly inappropriate comment about Irving's injury being karma for stomping on the logo. Shortly after the incident, a fan threw a bottle at Irving. The backlash against Irving for the stomp was swift, if not over the top.

The repercussions of Irving stomping on the logo continue to percolate, though this time in Boston. A report came out today with various claims about dysfunction within the Celtics' locker room. Multiple sources:

Suggest the Celtics’ culture of competition is eroding — with more than one source pointing to the players’ perceived indifference toward Kyrie Irving stomping on the Celtics logo...A source to Ahn Fire Digital

https://twitter.com/TheNBACentral/status/1406311647061463047

Major organizational changes

This report comes in the wake of sweeping changes around the Boston Celtics organization after a disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs. This 2021 NBA season was rife with struggles for Boston as they dealt with more Covid-19 absences than any other team. Danny Ainge was the first person to depart the team. He spent the previous 18 years as the Executive Director of Basketball operations.

Ainge's departure opened the door for Brad Stevens to step down as head coach and assume Director of Basketball Operations. Stevens made his mark on the team with his first transaction recently. He traded Kemba Walker away for the returning services of Al Horford.

Rumors of continuing changes within the organization continue to circle as the offseason draws near. Various coaching candidates have been linked to the now vacant Boston job. However, it remains a mystery how many of these changes will improve the team's talent versus the organization's culture.

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