What if Kyrie Irving had signed with the New York Knicks?
If you’re like me back in 2019, you were suckered into believing that the New York Knicks would end up with both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as free agents with Zion Williamson secured in the NBA Draft. Well, here we are.
As a big fan of Kyrie’s play on the basketball court, his recent off-court antics would absolutely decimate the chemistry this young Knicks roster is starting to build. Sure, Knicks fans would probably be defending Kyrie until the cows come home, but seeing how New York has been the mainstream media’s punching bag for the last decade (or longer), this recent ordeal would set the team back five years unless they managed to win a championship in that time.
For those unaware, Kyrie Irving recently took some time off for “personal reasons” and has missed the last 4 games with the Brooklyn Nets. It’s looking like he will be missing his 5th straight game which would be against the Knicks on Wednesday.
I’ll give Kyrie the benefit of the doubt in noting there might be some legitimate personal matters he’s tending to as to why he’s missing these games, but now the NBA is investigating the situation and has found a video of Kyrie Irving at a family birthday party while not wearing a mask in a group of more than 15 people.
If it’s proven that the video was taken during Kyrie’s absence, there will be consequences to pay. COVID believer or not, the NBA has strict protocols the players must abide by to help avoid any pauses during season play. While he may be one of the 50 best players to ever grace an NBA court, this behavior is just unacceptable and irresponsible. It’s disrespectful to his teammates, coaches, and the rest of the organization, and Kyrie should receive a hefty fine and suspension for this behavior.
I, for one, am glad that Kyrie is not — and will never be — a New York Knick. He can stay with “lil bro” in Brooklyn for the rest of his career for all I care. The Knicks made every necessary change they’ve needed this past offseason in order to keep the team focused on developing a winning culture. I’m happier being 5-6 and on a 3-game losing skid if it means not having to deal with the headache that is Kyrie Irving.