One of TV’s most popular doctors ever, Greg House MD, always said – people don’t change. You may mature, and grow up, but fundamentally, you are who you are. If you do believe that “history is life’s teacher,” the Brooklyn Nets are in for a treat.
The Nets aren’t a title contender until Kevin Durant returns, and this first year with Kyrie and the kids will the most challenging one on their path to glory. We saw how everything went down in Boston with Kyrie and the kids there, so expecting a drastic change is not likely.
Today we go all the way back to Kyrie’s third season in the league. Kyrie was the Cavs foundational piece once LeBron left, but as the most talented player on a very limited team, it was mostly a one-man show. To help him develop the Cavs brought coach Phil Handy from the Lakers. Handy worked with Kobe, and the idea was he would help Kyrie develop all the details necessary to became an NBA superstar.
Handy was hired, and the team gave him a number to call Kyrie and coordinate their summer workout plan. Handy called, but no one answered. He tried to send texts. Nothing. After two weeks of Kyrie ghosting him, he decided his only option was to get on a plane and fly to Miami where Kyrie was at the time. He found him, and Kyrie’s explanation was bizarre (via Bleacher Report):
“I didn’t know you. I had to give you another number just to keep you at bay, just to see what you were gonna do.”
Handy realized this was a test and that Kyrie was evasive on purpose. He accepted the fact Kyrie takes time to develop trust with someone and that he is a different character. They still work together and laugh reminiscing this episode.
It’s nice Handy reacted the way he did, but this still makes no sense. Taking your time to develop trust is one thing, but ghosting a team employee is rude and unprofessional. Not everyone will have that attitude, and you can’t blame them if they get sick of Kyrie’s tactics.
These kinds of moves don’t create conflict right away, but add up over time and then when you do talk about it, you get Kyrie and his metatalk. Good luck, Brooklyn.