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Not Worth the Drama! Brooklyn’s Irving Should Just Retire


Veteran guard Kyrie Irving, who was been absent for almost a week for the Brooklyn Nets for “personal reasons,” should just consider retiring from professional basketball.

Stephen Smith of ESPN hot-take artist thinks Irving’s absence is proof his heart isn’t into the game and he owes it to fans, the Nets organization and his teammates to step away.

“He’s not worth [the drama] at all,” Smith said. “Matter of fact, let me say this straight up and down: I think Kyrie Irving should retire. I think he should announce his retirement today. Clearly, you don’t want to play basketball bad enough.”

The 28-year-old Irving’s absence is believed to be because he is upset over the US Capitol riot but videos surfaced recently where a mask-less Irving attending at what appeared to be a family birthday party.

While the video was not dated, Irving’s father Drederick has turned 55 on Monday while his sister Asia turned 30 on Tuesday.

Also, on Tuesday, Irving was seen attending a video-call meeting for Tahanie Aboushi, a Democratic candidate for Manhattan district attorney.

“Kyrie Irving has not prioritized basketball, but I’m not saying he doesn’t want to play all together,” Smith said. “I’m saying he hasn’t prioritized it, and how fair was that to Brooklyn Nets? How fair is that to Sean Marks? How fair is that to Steve Nash — a coach that he endorsed bringing on board, a coach that he wanted, a coach that he fully supported? How fair is that to his brotha, Kevin Durant?”

“Here’s the problem that I have: He acts like he can’t chew gum and walk at the same time,” Smith said. (AFP)