Kristian Winfield: Nets' Irving evolves as leader, will do what it takes to put team in best position to win

NEW YORK — As Kyrie Irving walked off the Barclays Center floor, serenaded by a scatter of MVP chants after a 40-point performance in the Nets’ win over the Celtics, his former Boston teammates lined up to give him a hug. Those were the same Celtics teammates earlier reports suggested Irving ripped apart as a locker-room cancer during his two seasons in Boston before signing a four-year deal in Brooklyn in the summer of 2019. “Big surprise to a lot of people, eh? All that s— talking about me and all the relationships I have with every teammate of mine,” Irving said after the game. “I’m glad …

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