The Dallas Mavericks have not enjoyed much success since their NBA Trade Deadline acquisition of Kyrie Irving.
As things presently stand the team is 3-7 in their last 10 outings has lost three in a row.
Worse yet, Irving is already clashing with the fan base and the team’s other star, Luka Doncic, is sounding more and more deflated with every passing interview.
In light of all, many have understandably begun to wonder about what the Mavericks’ locker room thinks of Irving.
An answer emerged this week.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, while Irving certainly has his fair share of critics outside the locker room, within it everyone is very fond of him.
“The Mavs’ results since the Kyrie Irving trade have obviously been disappointing, but I’ve only heard praise about his professionalism and locker room presence during his brief time in Dallas,” he wrote.
“Blaming Luka Doncic’s frustration on Irving isn’t fair or accurate.
The Mavericks have had a rough go of things from the very beginning of the season. On the court, head coach Jason Kidd has clashed in bizarre fashion with some of his best players. Off the court, Doncic was embroiled in a weird legal battle with his mom that undoubtedly had some sort of impact on him.
It has just been a strange year.
Through it all Dallas obviously was able to hang around the middle of the Western Conference, but now the team’s luck has finally appeared to run out.
A year removed from making it to the Conference Finals, it is now increasingly looking like the Mavs may not make the postseason at all in 2023.
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What that will mean for Irving’s future with the franchise remains to be seen.
Either way, though – he is currently catching a lot of flack for Dallas’ recent woes.
Is Irving actually responsible for them, though? Probably not. And that is why the locker room continues to support him even if the outside world clearly does not.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.