"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", said the 20-time Grand Slam victor.
"You know exactly what I meant, Nick".
Kyrgios has a chequered history at the Shanghai Masters after quitting mid-match against Steve Johnson in the first round previous year and being accused of tanking in a second-round loss to Mischa Zverev in 2016.
Last night, the 23-year-old was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters, following a clash with an umpire who deemed his efforts to be 'borderline'.
The match didn't go unnoticed as chair umpire Damien Dumusois appeared to be accusing Kyrgios of tanking at the beginning of the second set - which didn't sit well with the Australian.
"And only through understanding work ethic and scheduling and whatever it might be, creating the right team around himself, only then can you unlock the potential really".
Later, after belting down an ace, Kyrgios sarcastically asked Dumusois: "Was that borderline?"More news: Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Party Revealed - See the Bridesmaids & Page Boys!
"You know I literally could just go to the ATP office after this and say I just felt put down from your comment and you'd be in trouble, right?" he said.
"It hasn't been the year he'd like and I think next year it's about a focus on slams and actually performing and going deep in those", he said.
A year ago in Shanghai, having received a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration, Kyrgios marched off midway through his first-round match against Steve Johnson.
Kyrgios' Shanghai strop is the latest controversy to engulf him in China.
And in 2015, he was fined USD1,500 for using obscenities during a match and calling the event a "circus".
De Minaur is ranked one spot ahead of compatriot John Millman as both climbed spots due to Kyrgios' dramatic, 11-place fall.
The Swede climbing down from his chair in NY to have a lengthy chat with Kyrgios when he was showing little effort as he trailed by a set and 3-0 down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.