Celtics’ Ainge: Kyrie can be best player in world

Celtics president Danny Ainge says All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving can get even better.

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is understandably excited Kyrie Irving has given the franchise his word that he intends to stay long-term.

How excited?

Excited enough that Ainge heaped even more praise than usual on the Celtics’ All-Star point guard.

“I think he feels more comfortable with everything in his life and the organization and where he is as a player,” Ainge said, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, who wrote that Ainge brought up Irving without anyone even asking.

“I think he’s anxious to be a leader, not anxious to just lead the team in scoring or be the most efficient player on our team, but I think he really wants to hold the guys to a high standard.”

Irving addressed his future with reporters Friday, following a report that has committed to the team beyond this season. He is set to enter free agency in July.

Rumors indicated he may move on after the season, preferring to sign with the New York Knicks. Like many players, Irving is admittedly enamored with Madison Square Garden. But apparently, he’s more enamored with the Celtics.

“I know I made a lot of guys comfortable (by making his intentions known),” Irving said. “Our management, coaching staff, they don’t have to worry about recruiting me the whole season and telling me how great it is to be a Celtic and be here.”