Kyrie Irving needs to shut up once in awhile

Alan Greenwood

How often does Kyrie Irving’s brain fight a losing battle with his larynx?

Every time he sees a microphone approaching? Or someone scribbling in a reporter’s notebook? Or when he’s standing in line at the coffee shop and someone says “Hey, Kyrie?”

The correct answer is: All of the above, and more.

Irving managed to put both feet in his mouth this week.

As the Celtics enter the season’s home stretch, Irving whined that rumors over where free agency might take him have grown tiresome and said he won’t talk about it anymore.

The over/under on how long that self-imposed ban lasts is one week.

Irving also revisited his poor attempt at veteran leadership by publicly calling out “a bunch of young men in our locker room that feel they’re capable of doing a lot more than what they’re doing.”

Those young under-achievers, in all likelihood, are mastering the art of tuning out Irving.

All that being said, if the Celtics lose Irving to free agency this summer, it will weaken the ballclub. You don’t take the best player off a team and make it better.

If only Danny Ainge could find a way to rewire Irving’s head.

TIME TRAVEL: Feb. 21, 1949 – ­ “It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see two, and maybe three, former Nashua Dodgers stars join catcher Roy Campanella with the parent Brooklyn club for the 1949 season.

“Three former Nashua players, at least, will be given the opportunity to win a place with the club.

“The three who’ll go to spring training with the Bums include pitchers Don Newcombe and George Brown and outfielder Ted Bartz.

“Of the three Newcombe, who teamed with Campanella at Nashua in 1946 to become the first (African American) battery in organized baseball, stands the best chance of making the big jump to the majors..”

Then-Telegraph sports editor Frank Stawasz hit the bull’s eye on that one. Newcome helped Brooklyn to the National League pennant and was the NL Rookie of the Year, en route to a Hall of fame career.

The Nashua baseball legend died this week at age 92.

AND FINALLY: A high school basketball game Tuesday night in Arkansas was punctuated by the winning team emulating the fools who shamelessly flout the concept of humility, not to mention sportsmanship.

According to a report on Deadspin.com, Little Rock Hall defeated Little Rock Parkview for the 5A-Central Conference Championship and a season sweep of its arch rivals. At game’s end, Little Rock Hall players cut down the net and brandished brooms to taunt their vanquished hosts.

“It wasn’t a matter of trying to show anybody up,” Hall coach Jon Coleman said to a local reporter.

“It was a matter of our kids working hard to clinch a conference championship.”

Coach Coleman is either an idiot, a shameless boor, or both.

We’ll suggest that he is both.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood @nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_ AlanG.