Kyrie Irving credits vegan diet for hot start at Boston Celtics

Ross Houston
November 18, 2017

"It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is fantastic", Kerr said.

On a Celtics team continuously trying to play with a pace near the top of the league - and with Kyrie being responsible for sparking the offense late in game - this new diet could be the key to his long term success.

Boston has won their last 13 games on the bounce after starting the season 0-2, and the point guard believes he knows where the credit should be given for this fantastic start to the season, but some might find this a bit weird. Despite all the headlines he was part of regarding his request from the Cleveland Cavaliers to be traded in the offseason, it does not seem to affect his preparations for this season. "But they sure look like they want it to be right now". Unless the Dubs get lucky, there's no way both of them can be stopped at the same time, so you really have to pick you poison. For all of the offensive punch that Irving has added, though, it's the Celtics' team-orientated defensive efforts that have helped Brad Stevens's team to the NBA's best record after 15 games. ESPN's Zach Lowe reported at the time that, yes, the Celtics want to win now, but they also want to be the best team in 2020 "and beyond", like Kerr alluded to.

They're not the only players in the National Basketball Association that have adopted the vegan lifestyle, as there are several players in the league that go without meat including Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. That black mask, like, it just takes away your vision, so I'm just like, 'Oh, basket.' Like, this is just the best-case scenario. "I think with Cleveland, he was such a dominant force, but it was always going to be LeBron's team", Kerr told reporters this week.

"The difference with the black mask is that they're not getting the ball, because I couldn't see", he said. "(It) just looks like Kyrie knows it's his group and he's thriving playing with that group of players around him". He knew what he was doing when he chose to leave.

The Warriors might as well start the cross-country odyssey off with a bang, and this early-season meeting with Boston definitely fills that bill.

"It's a fun thing, because you only play these teams twice, obviously", Kerr said.

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