Up until a few years ago, Kyrie Irving was regarded as one of the best point guards of our generation. It seemed like yesterday when Irving hit the iconic go-ahead three to seal the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fate as the 2016 NBA Champions. Kyrie Irving has everything an NBA player could want in terms of career success. Playing some of the best basketball in his life and earning more than $17 million in 2016-2017, Kyrie was thriving in The Land. It was until Kyrie Irving left the Cavs that things started to fall apart.
During the 2016-2017 NBA season, the Cavaliers showed signs of wear and tear. In the summer of 2017, Kyrie Irving blindsided the NBA by asking to be traded. Many sources say the reason for Kyrie Irving’s leaving was wanting to be a more focal point on a team. Irving would be traded to the Boston Celtics in August 2017. In a new city and team, Kyrie Irving would show flashes of his talent but was plagued with injuries and locker room troubles. In Boston, Kyrie Irving had trouble becoming the leader he once hoped to be. After leading the Celtics to just one win the in conference semifinals in 2019, Kyrie and Boston would lose 4 straight to the Bucks. Clearly not a good fight in Boston, Irving decided not to resign and instead set his sights on Brooklyn.
The first season of the Brooklyn Nets duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would be put on pause as both players would suffer season-ending injuries. It seemed Kyrie would become second fiddle to the more important Kevin Durant, a long way from wanting their own team.
Now we arrive at Kyrie’s second season with the Brooklyn Nets. So far, Kyrie Irving has lashed out at reporters, missed games, and have found to be violating NBA health protocols. As the season first began, the powerful combo of Durant and Irving proved to be everything we thought they would be and more. As the season went on, it seemed like we were all played as fools. New head coach and former NBA player Steve Nash was plucked to lead the team this past off-season. It seems like everyone but Irving is answering for his crimes. What should have been a clear cut path straight to the NBA finals now seems more like a PR nightmare.
In recent news, Kyrie Irving has missed three straight games this past week for “personal reasons.” Many thought the recent terrorist attacks in Washington DC may have played a part in his decision. What we do know is Kyrie Irving has yet to address the media. The NBA recently announced an investigation into the recent drama surrounding Kyrie Irving and him at a family event without a mask. Currently, the Brooklyn Nets sit in 7th place in the NBA East standings with a record of 6-6. When they needed him most, Kyrie Irving has vanished. Steve Nash has no idea when he’ll return, the media has no idea, Adam Silver has no idea, not even Kyrie’s mailman has a clue. But if we have learned anything about Kyrie Irving over the recent years, he will make some cryptic statement soon.