The Brooklyn Nets guard spoke about his future with the team following its first-round defeat to the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA playoffs.
KYRIE IRVING: In terms of my extension, man, I don't really plan on going anywhere. So you know, this is-- like I said, this is added motivation for our franchise to be at the top of the league for the next few years. And you know, I'm just looking forward to the summer and just building with our guys here.
- You mentioned a few weeks ago you don't want to leave Kevin. You're going to be with him. Do you see you guys together for the long haul here?
KYRIE IRVING: I think I kind of answered that, you know, in my last answer. But when I say I'm here with Kev, I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside Joe and Sean and just our group of family members that we have in our locker room, in our organization, you know? So it's not just about me and Kev. I don't want to make it just about that. We're cornerstones here, but we have been-- we have a few other guys that are on contract.
And I think we just got to make some moves this offseason, and really talk about it, and really be intentional about what we're building, and have some fun with it, make it enjoyable. And you know, hopefully, we get to start from day one just as a squad and as a family, and we just really worry about us. You know, sometimes I feel like the noise on the external world, the outside noise can seep in. And you know, I'm not the type of person that allow that to happen.
So as we build together as a squad, I just think we need to be a-- 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.