Kyrie Irving continues to be a headache for the NBA.
Kyrie Irving got traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers just a year removed from winning an NBA Championship. Why? Well, because he didn’t get along with LeBron James. Allegedly. Irving opted to demand a trade that got him dealt to the Boston Celtics. The move was controversial at the time and was seen as a knee-jerk reaction.
Yet, since leaving Cleveland all Irving has been able to do is further destroy his reputation of a true “superstar” further, prove his critics right about his disruptive ways, and show the world he can’t win while being the sole star of a team.
Oh, he also made himself a laughing stock by defending the notion that the Earth is flat.
Irving has made himself into a joke. The laughing has ended, however, as now Irving is attempting to derail the NBA return over optics. Something that is drawing widespread condemnation from many in and out of the industry. Maybe the loudest voice is that of former teammate Kendrick Perkins.
Perkins rightfully pointed out that Irving was on board when the plan was finalized over a week ago, and while he did bring up some minor incidental stuff on one of the conference calls, the one from Friday brought up one “issue” after another. Like that only “20” players were getting paid, and that he supported the idea of sitting out due to the turbulent times in the United States. Names liked Dwight Howard, Donovon Mitchell and others voiced concerns of returning to play in 2020 as well, according to league sources.
Becoming too much of a problem for his own good.
As Irving conducts an attempted coup to try and derail the 2020 NBA season, it’s becoming more and more obvious what a headache the man must’ve been for the Cavaliers and why fans of the team should be excited, happy, and optimistic about the team’s future.
Sure, Irving had his moments as James’ sidekick but on his own Irving was never worth the headache or the perpetual drama that always follows him. To have to manage someone so paranoid to believe that the Federal Reserve killed John F. Kennedy or that the CIA wanted to kill Bob Marley is a daunting task.
The Cavaliers are a moment or two from turning the corner. To be saddled with Irving would ensure that the team never finds it’s next great run. So let’s all be thankful that he’s Brooklyn’s problem now. Until he finds a new reason to run from that situation too.