Recently, Kevin Durant was interviewed on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” Simmons mentioned Kyrie Irving in a comparison to Allen Iverson, but Durant said he believed Kyrie is better than AI.
“Kyrie is better than AI to me. I’m going from like skill for skill. His handle is better. We might have to cut that out—I don’t want no problems with AI. Y’all might have to cut that one. I don’t want that to get out. I’m just saying I feel like Kyrie got more skill.”
He also had a few other nice comments about Kyrie’s game in general.
“I was telling some of my friends after Game 2, I was like, Kyrie, he just makes you happy when you watch him play. You just smile when you watch him play because for somebody to be that skilled, you know he had to work tirelessly at it. The stuff he has in his package is next-level stuff that you can try to teach your kids to do it, but you’ll never be able to do it.
“I’ve never seen somebody block his layup, and he’s 6-2. I’ve never seen one person pin his layup on the glass—not one—because the spin he got on it and he don’t have to look at it. I just got so much respect for him because I know how much work he put in to be that good. I never seen nobody like him.” […]
I agree with the comments made by KD, I just absolutely hate the timing of them and that they were coming from Durant himself. I’m obviously still salty about the Cavs losing in the finals and this is too soon. I do respect that KD is man enough to admit how skilled Kyrie is, while I’m sure his teammate Draymond would’ve said Kyrie’s not even a top 10 point guard in the league.
As far as the comments themselves go, I’d 1000% take Kyrie Irving over AI. Even if you take away Iverson’s off the court issues, what Kyrie has shown in the last two finals alone are enough evidence for me that he’s got the best handles I’ve ever seen. Kyrie has already crossed up some of the best in the NBA and he’s not even close to being done yet. I might be a little biased though…
I’ll admit, the only thing that Kyrie will never be able to beat is that AI crossed up MJ.
Also, I’m purposely not bringing up the AI vs. Ty Lue incident in here. Lue has suffered enough already this week.
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