Kyrie Irving is a top 15 NBA player in the league. When he is locked in and engaged, there aren’t many players in the world that can do the things that he can do with a basketball in his hands. A healthy trio of Irving, Harden, and Durant could sweep through the playoffs and win the NBA Finals.
Some players are just all about ball.
Some players are just about getting paid.
Some players are all about ball and family or ball and business.
Some players are all about ball and IG models.
Kyrie is a bit of a different cat which is perfectly fine. All athletes don’t need to be robots. Everyone can’t be laser-focused like Kobe and Jordan or as business and PR savvy as LeBron. Kyrie, for lack of a better phrase, is a free thinker. He plays basketball because he is good at it and likes to do it, but he isn’t obsessed with it.
That can rub people the wrong way, especially fans and media who expect all athletes to be cutthroat killers. While there is nothing wrong with being yourself, it does put the NETS in a bind in this particular case. Kyrie doesn’t want to get the vaccine which is his right, but you can’t have part-time players in the NBA, so the team has banned him.
Ideally, they would like to trade him, but teams are leery of Kyrie either retiring or just checking out mentally at any time. Stephen A. Smith, in his unique way of speaking, says the Nets would trade Kyrie for a box of cookies. If they were Chips Ahoy, maybe, but the reality is that if you trade Kyrie, you want to get something decent in return, which at the moment, no team would be willing to give them because of people’s uneasiness about Kyrie’s commitment.
The more interesting part of Stephen A’s rant is that the Sixers hope that James Harden becomes available. No idea how that would come about, but Stephen A says you just have to trust him on this.
Flip the pages for the full rant and some of the Twitter reactions.