Kyrie Irving’s skill set is conspicuous, but so is his penchant and lust for chaos.
During Irving’s three tumultuous seasons donning a Brooklyn Nets uniform, he was distracted, stubborn and dishonest in his quest to win an NBA title. When Irving first arrived, he dazzled Brooklyn fans en route to scoring 50 points in the season opener. Soon after, however, Irving would miss 26 games with a right shoulder injury.
Upon his eventual return, Irving stood up and left his teammates dry ahead of a January showdown against the New York Knicks. Irving’s reasoning seemed reasonable as he, along with the rest of the NBA world, mourned the unfortunate and unexpected passing of Kobe Bryant. While he would eventually return, Irving’s year ended thanks to season-ending shoulder surgery.
Injuries, of course, are part of the game. But that doesn’t excuse the usual absences, his pugnacious ways with the media and his distance from his teammates and die-hard fans.
On far too many occasions, Irving has chosen to take off his sneakers and stay off the court. In addition to leaving the arena minutes before a game following the death of Kobe Bryant, Irving also refused to provide his services for a variety of other reasons.
A trade to the LA Clippers could be a great move for the franchise
With a fresh start in the 2020-21 season, Irving was surprised by the riots that took place in the nation’s capital. Irving later refused to play, choosing to use its platform to give a voice to the voiceless. Last season, Irving opted to stay home for most of the season, refusing to acquiesce to the demands and demands of New York’s vaccination mandate.
Given his bold actions, front office staff in Brooklyn have been ambivalent about his future in a Nets uniform.
With the New York-based franchise refusing to offer Irving a long-term contract, the polarizing leader could be on the move. Although risky, the LA Clippers should call the Nets.
Although Paul George has proven to be a great secondary option next to Kawhi Leonard, his inconsistent play at times makes Los Angeles’ offense tenuous. Irving, a self-starter, leading scorer, shone in the brightest lights.
Plus, Irving’s need to be the face of a franchise and his own backyard can be met in Los Angeles. In Brooklyn, Kevin Durant firmly holds both positional leadership roles. As a Clipper, Kawhi Leonard, often soft-spoken on and off the court, allowed his game to speak for him.
Irving, though highly skilled and normally loved by his teammates, has seemingly exhausted his welcome in Brooklyn. A sign and a business would seem perfect to me. George would fit perfectly next to Durant on the wing while Irving and Leonard would complement each other both in the locker room and on the pitch.
Plus, head coach Ty Lue has coached Irving before. The results? An unlikely NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Admittedly, a trade between George and Irving is incredibly unlikely. However, if both parties were willing, it makes total sense in the world.