Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving was one of the coaches for Team USA in Friday night's 2019 NBA All-Star Rising Stars game in Charlotte, and he seemed to enjoy the experience quite a bit.
Irving did a pretty good job coaching, too, and his Team USA squad came away with a 161-144 win. The opportunity to coach Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum was among the highlights of the night for Irving.
"It was awesome," Irving said Saturday. "I was trying to give (Tatum) the MVP. He had 30 and 9, but (Kyle Kuzma) was just going for it. It was fun to be around those young guys, like I said, but those guys are the future of our league. I'm excited to be kind of in this in-between stage in my career where I get to see them develop as young players, go through, getting extensions, making multiple All-Star Games, striving for their individual goals, but also how they grow in terms of their team environments. So I'm excited."
Irving still has plenty more seasons playing basketball ahead of him, but could coaching be an option for him in the future?
"If I thought about walking away from this game in my early 30s, I definitely wasn't thinking about coaching, but being around the game is something very unique for anybody that has a chance to do it, especially if you have those relationships in the league and they want to keep you around," Irving said Saturday. "They want to have your knowledge be imparted on the next generation. So if that opportunity approaches down the line, if I have to go get my college degree to be an NBA head coach, I will do it."
There have been several NBA head coaches in the last 20 years who were point guards as players, and given Irving's impressive knowledge about the game and his ability to connect with young players, it wouldn't be a shock if he entered the coaching ranks at some point.
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