Jaws temporarily dropped around the NBA world as fans received the notification on their phones that Kyrie Irving was out for the season and the playoffs.
That notification looked a little something like this:
No matter how you feel about Irving and his departure to Boston, you have to admit that karma might have gotten the best of the injury-stricken point guard. In July, Kyrie was spotted with Stephen Curry at Harrison Barnes’s wedding mocking LeBron James and his infamous workout videos.
Right now, Koby Altman looks like the executive of the decade. After Irving threatened to have knee surgery and miss the season if he wasn’t traded, Altman dealt him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic. Let’s not forget about that Brooklyn Nets lottery pick.
So, the “Isaiah Thomas Experiment” was a complete failure. Altman was able to flip around the entire roster at the deadline. The Cavaliers kept the Nets pick and Zizic while walking away with George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson.
Boston walked away with an injured Irving on a two-year deal. This year, the first year of the contract was wasted with an injury and a surgery. According to Wojnarowski, Irving will still need 4-5 months after the surgery to completely recover.
Did the Boston Celtics really win this trade? In the end, maybe not.
But how does this change Cleveland’s playoff picture?
If Boston somehow escapes the first round, presumably against the Washington Wizards, the NBA would have that coveted Cavs versus Celtics matchup. Without Irving and Gordon Hayward healthy, the Boston Celtics have virtually no chance of defeating the Cavaliers and making it to the NBA Finals.
While Kyrie goes under the knife in Boston and his team inevitably derails, LeBron James, who Irving mocked, will be heading to his eighth-straight NBA Finals. Now that sure sounds like karma.
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