Is it possible? A veteran that's a newbie in the team be its heart already?
It may sound impossible but it is a fact for the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving hasn't played one full season yet with his new green squad but still, he became the center of the team's play in no time.
The question is how?
It really is a question of how specifically how strong that newbie player is? Any strong player becomes the core in due time. Of course, if you got that intensity that makes the team hype up and doubles their efforts, time won't be a matter of issue, it will be the strength that will count in the first place and playing time will just put the finishing touches.
We cannot deny the fact that Uncle Drew is a strong player, in fact, his absence somehow contributed to the Cavs' skid but given Cavs' composure, they slowly have gotten back in the latter part of the regular season. Anyway, Kyrie lead Celtics in their mega 16 -0 streak. A concrete evidence of him being the team's ace.
These are all the bright side of Kyrie being the leader. Of course, the leader may let his team down at some point especially with his absence. And it really did, during their match against the Bulls wherein, they lost without Kyrie. No offense to the fans out there but the Bulls already lost 20 times and only won 6. This team facing the number one Celtics made themselves the underdog and yet they have won.
This just implies that Boston Celtics without Kyrie downgrades significantly. A clear sign of him being in the middle of the team.