Stephen A Smith claims that Kyrie Irving’s antics could be counter-productive towards his relationship and trust with Nets teammate Kevin Durant.
Irving has been AWOL for over a week now. He last played an NBA game 8 days ago against the Utah Jazz. This was following the game where Kevin Durant and Kyrie both missed potential game-winning shots from open situations. Both got flamed for their lack of clutch ability after it.
But it has fallen to Kevin Durant to pick up the pieces solo style recently. In Kyrie’s absence, the Nets offense has been a bit lost at times. Without KD’s playmaking, they had virtually no shot of winning last night against the Nuggets. It’s imperative for Irving to return as soon as possible for the Nets to contend.
In the wake of Kyrie calling media members as pawns before the start of the season, the chickens have come to roost.
Why Stephen A Smith believes Kyrie Irving has broken the trust of Kevin Durant
Stephen A Smith had a field day with these allegations coming to light. He definitely wouldn’t have been pleased to hear of Irving calling media members as pawns. He took this opportunity to lay it all out:
“18 months after signing a 4-year, $140 million deal, Kyrie has only played 27 games. The Nets had reservations about giving him that deal. We’re seeing exactly why now.”
“There was the injury. A preseason media boycott. Burning sage at the TD Garden. An absence for personal reasons, and now he’s completely off the grid. When the NBA’s investigating if he was going maskless for a family party! That would violate league Covid protocols, Y’all.”
“But Kyrie has already violate the trust Kevin Durant put in him. This is KD’s franchise. KD wouldn’t have signed with the Nets if he didn’t want to play with Kyrie Irving. We don’t know where Kyrie is. But we know where Kevin Durant is – right under the damn bus.”
The Nets had reservations about giving Kyrie Irving a deal. And we are seeing exactly why now.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 12, 2021