I’ve made it quite clear in the past that I’m not the biggest Kyrie Irving fan.
However, when I heard, via an article quoting ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, that Kyrie Irving has “wanted out of Cleveland for years” I was furious. I believe that Mr. Windhorst is wrong and here’s why.
First, Kyrie sent out a series of Tweets after hearing about the article following a rough loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Combined, they read: “Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations. Can I play without media guessing at my life and putting B.S out for headlines. It brings nothing but negativity to the team and portraying me as something I’m not. I don’t want or need the attention, so it can stop now. At least be man or woman enough to come and ask me. There’s no such source as “Kyrie’s camp”, nothing but nonsense. #Clarity” – @KyrieIrving
When I think back to former superstar Lebron James, he never showed his hand about his future plans no matter what was asked to him or said about him. This made his departure a little less of a betrayal despite the fact that it was disastrous anyways. Granted, Lebron did sign an extension with the Cavaliers in 2006, and was a service for a full seven seasons which is more than double the amount of time that Kyrie Irving has served to this point here in C-Town.
My point is that a man planning to bolt out of Cleveland would have the sense to not post those tweets in reference of the articles and rumors written about him. Simply ignore them, and shut your mouth until the offseason.
If for some reason Kyrie Irving actually does sign with another team this offseason, the tweets mentioned above will be cited. Irving will be looked at as yet another cold-blooded traitor of Cleveland, and will be hated by Cavaliers fans alike.
Personally, I just feel like three seasons is not a long enough chance to give the Cavaliers organization. Additionally, Kyrie’s been hurt for an elongated period of time each year, and he hasn’t quite proven that he’s superstar caliber yet either.
All of that being said, I believe Kyrie Irving is planning on staying simply because of those tweets he sent out. I’m not saying that Windhorst completely lied, but the person he spoke with must have made some somewhat bogus claims.
I’m sure Kyrie Irving has bad-mouthed Cleveland at some point or another to his “camp,” but to actually think he would walk out of this unfinished business after just three years is completely mind boggling. In truth, he hasn’t earned that opportunity yet.
I’m looking forward to many more years of wonderful basketball with Kyrie Irving as our starting one guard!