Since Kyrie Irving and LeBron James parted ways, the All-Star guard has come into his own. The pressure of winning without James still haunts him, which is probably why Irving keeps making proclamations that he fails to deliver on.
Irving and his empty promises
The Brooklyn Nets’ experiment didn’t end well. James Harden wanted out because of Kyrie Irving’s part-time status. Had Irving opted to take the vaccination, the Harden-Kevin Durant-Kyrie group could have been still intact.
But what happened, happened. The Nets have retooled with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and Ben Simmons. On paper, the new additions addressed the team’s weaknesses. The fans hoped for better things with the help of Irving’s statements.
Now, after that promise, Brooklyn finds itself struggling after the All-Star break. The team only won once in six games, so the fans’ frustrations are justified. But, on the other hand, Kai is still making promises and statements that are either hard to achieve or impossible to happen.
Reaction to KD’s scoring milestone
When asked for his reaction to teammate Kevin Durant reaching 25,000 points in his career, Irving has this to say.
“And for me, it motivates me to continue to get my game up and hopefully when I'm done with my career I could be sitting next to him and having 25,000 as well and look back and we just crack jokes on a few championships that we won together. So that's the goal at hand."
Kyrie Irving, ESPN
He has all the right to say his goals, but Irving needs to commit and play to make it happen. Kyrie can’t say he also wants to reach 25,000 points or win a few championships with KD and sit-out games because of his vaccine refusal. But, of course, these are things that only he can decide.
If Irving and the Nets are waiting for the Mayor of New York to lift the vaccination mandate, it’s something that is beyond their reach. If it stays, there’s nothing they can do about it. If the team makes the postseason, they will need Kai’s skills and scoring to go further.
Maybe, instead of saying the Nets will win in the next games or he and KD could win championships together, it might be time to be proactive in making those happen.