If Allen Iverson is The Answer, then Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA's biggest Questions. And for all the wrong reasons.
Legacies comparisons should stop
In the midst of another Irving-centered drama -- he's on his way out of Brooklyn after arguably the biggest superteam disappointment in NBA history -- we're once again focusing on everything outside of Kyrie's all-time great on-court repertoire.
The guy who's hit arguably the greatest shot in NBA history has now become baggage only the most desperate NBA team is willing to take on -- yes, the LA Lakers. Once admired for his on-court wow factor, Kyrie has taken the mantle of Mr. Unreliable.
For all his off-court issues, Iverson's love for the game was never brought into question. And it's not like he wasn't invested in stuff outside of basketball -- him just staying true to himself was a revolution in some sort -- but Iverson always prioritized the game over everything else.
It seems that's the one thing Kyrie isn't willing to do. Not anymore, at least.
Skill-wise, they're still close
For all of us who love the game, that's a hard pill to swallow. Because no matter what Kyrie has done over the last few years -- his NBA legacy has undoubtedly taken a hit -- the jaw-dropping skillset is still there.
Iverson vs. Irving isn't a question anymore legacy-wise. But in terms of skills, there is still a conversation to be had.
Stephen A. Smith already picked the Hall of Famer, despite saying that "nobody's more skilled than Kyrie Irving." Kevin Durant, on the other hand, went with Irving even before the two joined forces to play in Brooklyn.
“Kyrie is better than AI to me," KD said. "I’m going from like skill for skill. His handle is better. We might have to cut that out—I don’t want no problems with AI. Y’all might have to cut that one. I don’t want that to get out. I’m just saying I feel like Kyrie got more skill.”
Kyrie might've lost the facts-based battle, but he can still win the hypothetical battle. In a game of one-on-one, where reliability is secondary, he has a chance against everyone -- The Answer included.