Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving is out on the press circuit.
In an interview with The Undefeated’s Kelly L. Carter, the quirky point guard sat down to talk about his previous acting turn in High School Musical (when he was actually in high school), his love of Rent, and his connections to the Uncle Drew character, who he’s portrayed in shorts since 2012.
Amongst the stage-focused chatter, Carter pushed Irving a bit on his future as a Celtic:
How confident are you that you’ll be a Celtic long term?
We have an incredible organization. I think we’ve positioned ourselves for the future, and we’re taking steps in the right direction. I’ve been transparent with [Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge. Transparent with the ownership of what my intentions are going into this season. And after the season, what conversations are going to be needed to have in order for us to get on the same page. What I really want, which is to bring our team, all of us together, to a championship with us all being healthy. That’s where my focus is, and when that time comes, I’ll be ready to answer.
Irving was also candid about his struggles with spending the playoffs on the bench; his excitement about working with fellow cast-members Lisa Leslie, Shaquille O’Neal, Nate Robinson, and LilRel Howard; and whether or not he’d retire at age 35.
Uncle Drew, the feature-length film birthed from the viral Pepsi commercials of the same name, is slated for release on June 29.