Kyrie Irving’s Trade To Boston Was A Bad Idea…For Kyrie
The sad news out of Boston is Kyrie Irving will not play the rest of the season or in the playoffs. It’s not sad for the Boston Celtics, they’re a billion dollar organization with multiple championships. It’s not even sad for the Celtic faithful as they will continue to drain the taps at their local taverns or sports bars, all the while lamenting that there will never be another “Larry Legend”, but they too will be fine.
Nope, the truly sad news is we are witnessing the demise of Kyrie Irving’s career.
Okay, I can hear some of you sputtering, “What?! He just got to Boston!” or “He’s an All-Star with a championship!”
First, yes, Kyrie is newly arrived to Boston but he has been in the NBA for seven years. Professional sports are the antithesis of Peter Pans Neverland, you grow up quick and get old fast in professional sports. Kyrie has been injured multiple times causing him to miss multiple regular season games as well as playoff/finals games. In fact out of a possible 574 regular season games Kyrie has played 441. That’s 76% so Kyrie averages missing a quarter of the season. Conversely Russel Westbrook out of 820 games has played 745. That’s less than a tenth of the regular season.
What, I can’t compare Westbrook to Irving? Why not? They’re both top 5 point guards according to most NBA pundits.
I will also argue that Kyrie having to miss the rest of the season and playoffs his first year in Boston is worse than, say, year two where he would have already established a full season and playoffs resume for Boston.
Secondly, All-Star voting is done by the fans so with Kyrie’s popular Uncle Drew commercials plus the upcoming moving I don’t put much stock in his All-Star appearances. I do put stock in All-NBA awards however and Kyrie has a total of one. Westbrook has six and a MVP.
Kyrie is a NBA Champion… for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He went to three with Cleveland (By the way, he got hurt in the first one if you don’t remember).
I get Kyrie wanting to have his own team that he can be the Lead Dog on, I really do. I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to step up and try to lead. What I do begrudge him of is a lack of self-awareness, an egocentric attitude, and a complete lack of patience. What he should have done, in my opinion, is stay with Cleveland one more year. Just one. He would be healthy because he wouldn’t have to shoulder the load when it came to scoring like he had to this year in Boston. Then he would have another finals, if not championship under his belt (the Warriors aren’t healthy and can you really trust the Rockets?) and then the whole NBA world would have been open to him. Chances are Lebron James would be gone and the Cavaliers would be his team or like he did this year he could force the Cleveland management to trade him. There would be more teams with more cap space and pieces to trade. Total oyster
Yes, the sad news out of Boston is the demise of Kyrie Irving’s career.
But do you know what the saddest part about it is? It all could have been avoided by a self-aware Kyrie, a patient Kyrie, and most of all a humble Kyrie.
R.H. Adams covers the NBA and NFL for MFST you can follow him on twitter @bo_adams67
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