“You want everybody to be all in, but you want to respect any decision, Kyrie Irving is a wizard, the most purely skilled point guard he’s ever seen”: Chauncey Billups on how he would handle the Nets-Irving situation

Arjun Julka
|Published January 11, 2022

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups responds to how he would handle a situation, similar to what the Nets have with Kyrie Irving.

After making an impressive debut against the Indiana Pacers, Kyrie Irving will be playing his second game against the Trail Blazers. The Nets guard is limited to only playing road games in light of New York City’s COVID-19 mandate, which prohibits unvaccinated players from playing in home arenas or practice facilities.

In his debut game of this season, Irving had 22-points, 4-assists, and 3-steals. The former champion was 9-for-17 from the field and 100% from the free-throw line. Uncle Drew impressed us with his razzle and dazzle on the hardwood despite coming off an 8-month hiatus.

The Nets rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Pacers, with Irving playing a vital role. With former MVP James Harden being out in Monday night’s game against the Trail Blazers, Irving will have to take extra responsibility, especially on the offensive sides of schemes.

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Recently, the Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups responded to how he would handle a situation, similar to what the Nets have with Kyrie Irving.

Chauncey Billups reacts to Kyrie Irving being a part-time player.

The Portland Trail Blazers have had a disappointing start to their 2021-22 season. Damian Lillard suffered the biggest slump of his career and is struggling with an abdomen injury off-late. On the other hand, CJ McCollum hasn’t played a game in over a month due to a collapsed lung.

Thus Monday night’s game against the Nets will not feature the elite backcourt of the Blazers. However,  Lillard and McCollum will be returning to the lineup soon.

When asked Blazers head coach and former champion Billups about the Irving situation, the former had the following reply.

“You want everybody to be all in, but you want to respect any decision.” Calls Irving “a wizard” and said, “he’s the most purely skilled point guard he’s ever seen.”

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Irving’s situation has had polarizing views amongst the NBA universe. However, the players have refrained from giving their opinions, citing Irving’s personal choice.

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One cannot deny the talent Irving possesses. Probably the most skilled player of the current generation. However, finding loopholes in a rule to make him play doesn’t speak well on the part of the Nets organization.

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Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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