Kyrie Irving wanted his return to Boston to be focused on “strictly basketball.” It most certainly was not.
A Boston Celtics fan was arrested and banned from TD Garden arena for life after throwing a water bottle at Irving’s head as the Brooklyn Nets star was exiting the arena following the Nets game four victory on Sunday.
A fan appears to throw a water bottle at Kyrie as he heads into the locker room after the Nets-Celtics game. pic.twitter.com/SCGaWyStht
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 31, 2021
Nets players and members of the crowd were able to identify the man — 21-year-old Cole Buckley — who has been charged with one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Irving left Boston for Brooklyn after the 2019 season, enraging Celtics fans who felt spurned by his decision after he pledged he’d be back in Celtic green just one year earlier.
Games three and four in Boston were Irving’s first games at TD Garden — with