“When Ukraine was bombed by Russia, I thought he’d run for it,” Stephen A. Smith claims of Kyrie Irving always finding excuses not to show up for work

Stephen A Smith and Kyrie Irving
Stephen A Smith and Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving, who corrected New York City’s COVID-19 standards, is scheduled to make a big appearance Sunday at the Barclays Center against the Charlotte Hornets. Brooklyn Nets fans who almost gave up their faith at the sight of that day will finally be able to watch their super-gifted point guard play at the group’s home stadium.

Prior to Thursday’s news, so much had been said about Irving’s vaccination position and its impact on the NBA and the game’s enthusiasts. One of the seven-time All-Star’s most vocal pundits is ESPN esports pundit Stephen A. Smith.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

The veteran game character made it clear on an episode of The Pivot where his analysis of Irving came from:

“My problem with Kyrie Irving is that Kyrie Irving will find every excuse under the sun not to show up for work. … Ukraine, we don’t joke about that. I swear to you, my hand is on the Bible, when Ukraine was bombed by Russia I thought Kyrie would scoot for it. I went to First Take and I was like, ‘I want to see if he takes off.’ That’s exactly what I did. I want to see because there is always an excuse!!!”

He listed an opportunity that drove Irving’s alleged reluctance to play for the game when he paid millions to do so:

“The season (2020-21) starts on December 22nd. Two weeks later, Kyrie needs some time off. Why? Because the riots happened in the US Capitol and he’s traumatized. Are you kidding me? Have you all lost your mind!? You must be kidding me. … Wasn’t a riot at Barclays Center. Wasn’t a riot in New York City. There was a riot in the US Capitol!! What the heck is next? The Palestinians are bombing the Israelis and you have to take some time off? For real? The war in Afghanistan? Al Qaeda comes out of nowhere; that will be a reason.”

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Stephen A. Smith gives some more valid points about Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

Smith discussed Net’s genius Irving’s apparent unwillingness to play: “Kyrie is a vice president on the committee that stops players from playing in the bubble, knowing the league owners had this provision, which has been called the Force Majeure Provision, which would have allowed them to tear up the collective bargaining agreement and thereby rendering all contracts null and void.

Smith has some admirable sentiments. What he said were some of the reasons Brooklyn didn’t see a trade-in partner for Irving that season. Things happened for explanation, and here is everything. How things develop will be fascinating to see.

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Subhankar Mondal

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