Kyrie Irving Already Hates Current Nets Teammates
Kyrie Irving already hates his current Nets teammates, it appears.
Coming into this season, Brooklyn was well aware of the fact that newly acquired superstar Kevin Durant would likely miss the year.
The hope was that their other freshly-acquired superstar, Irving, would be able to pick up the slack.
Unfortunately, that has not happened.
Irving ended up missing two months of action so far this year due to an injured shoulder.
This past week, the 27-year-old returned only to see his squad get absolutely trounced by a shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers team 117-106.
On the year, the Nets are 18-22 and are clinging tightly to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
After the Sixers game, Irving came out and publicly rebuked his team and suggested that significant improvements needed to be made to the roster.
Kyrie Irving was asked after tonight’s loss to Philly about this game against a top East opponent showing how much work the Nets still have to do in order to compete at the highest level while waiting for Kevin Durant to return. Here’s Irving’s answer: pic.twitter.com/NAqA4OvQk2
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 16, 2020
“I mean, it’s transparent,” he said.
“It’s out there. It’s glaring, in terms of the pieces that we need in order to be at that next level.
“I’m going to continue to reiterate it. We’re going to do the best with the guys that we have in our locker room now, and we’ll worry about all the other stuff, in terms of moving pieces and everything else, as an organization down the line in the summer.”
Irving’s comments come as a particular surprise given how poorly he played in the Philly game. All in all, he scored 14 points on six-of-21 shooting and was -29 for the day.
This was always viewed as something of a transitional year for Brooklyn, so the team’s underwhelming record thus far is not shocking.
What is shocking, however, is that Irving already seems dissatisfied with his new organization after ending things on a terrible note with his last two.
Irving famously forced a trade away from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics, only to then blow up the Celtics on his way to the Nets.
If the Nets end up winning a championship with Irving at the helm, all will be forgotten. But if they don’t, he may go down as one of the more overrated talents of all time.