The morning started with Jay Williams grabbing his head in disbelief on live TV. Then Richard Jefferson and Tracy McGrady agreed this is not how you talk about your teammates. Charles Barkley summed it up by saying that Kyrie “missed half the season, he comes out and says stupid stuff like this.” Now Kyrie has a message to all of them.
“Everyone can say, ‘If I was in this position, I would’ve said this, I would’ve done this.’ They have no idea because they’ve never been at this level, so how could you even comment on it?””
I’m going to go on a limb here and say that Charles Barkley’s “been at that level.” One would say that despite not winning a ring, Barkley had a more impressive NBA career than Kyrie. If I’m not mistaken, Jefferson was right there with Kyrie 2016. Tracy McGrady is a Hall of Famer. Jay Williams won the NCAA and is one of the most connected analysts on TV. All these men have a valuable perspective on building a winning culture on the highest level.
What’s more baffling is that Kyrie did admit he could’ve phrased his statement better and that he should’ve mentioned a few more guys (or maybe not name names at all). So, he agreed with the criticism Williams, Jefferson, McGrady and Barkley gave him, but then went off on nobody knowing what it’s like to be Kyrie. If I were into conspiracy theories, you know, flat earth kind of stuff, I’d say there’s something else that’s bothering Kyrie. Irving stated that he reached out to some of his teammates after the statement and cleared the air about not naming them. Then he doubled down on the exclusive rights to have an opinion on his publicly said words.
“I’m going to continue to demand greatness out of myself and demand greatness out of my teammates and we go from there. If it’s harsh as a leader or too much for anybody, if you’re not in our locker room, stay the f— out. It’s as simple as that.“
So, please buy his jersey and shoes, go see Uncle Drew, and buy season tickets for the Nets. But don’t think you are in any position to think and have opinions on what Kyrie says about the team. You’re not on his level, nor have you been in situations that give you the right. Oh, by the way, Kyrie has a few opinions on the shape of the Earth, mindfulness, and being woke. You pick up a lot about astronomy, physics, psychology, sociology, and philosophy in one semester at Duke. You know Kyrie wouldn’t talk about things he’s not on the level to talk about.
“The most important thing is making sure these guys — they have the belief in themselves, and I continue to reiterate that confidence we have as a team. It is going to come down to that in order to be at a championship level to compete against the West; we need more. It is what it is.”
He starts off by saying the most important thing is his teammates’ confidence, and he is supposedly contributing to that. Kyrie then doubles down on it by saying, “it is going to come down to that in order to be at a championship level,” and then in the same fuc**** sentence, he says they don’t have enough. So Nets, the most important thing is for us to trust each other and be confident, but some of you are not good enough.