Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the NBA. He has career averages of 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Nets and won the 2016 championship over the Golden State Warriors with the Cavs.
A six-time All-Star and the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year, Irving will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. He’s got arguably the top handles of all time and puts on a show every night he steps on the basketball court.
However, Kyrie Irving is one of the most polarizing athletes in sports history despite being extremely talented.
Kyrie Irving’s reputation has taken a hit since 2017
In the summer of 2017, Kyrie Irving shocked the basketball world by requesting a trade from the Cavs. Uncle Drew no longer wanted to play with LeBron James, the best player in the NBA.
James and Irving led the Cavs to three straight Finals as a duo, winning the championship in 2016 over the 73-9 Warriors. However, Irving didn’t enjoy playing second fiddle to LeBron and wanted to play somewhere else to expand his game.
As expected, Irving was bashed by pundits for not wanting to play with James anymore. He was called toxic, selfish, and immature. It also didn’t help that Irving kept talking about how he felt the Earth was flat and lied to Celtics fans in 2018 when he said he would re-sign with Boston in the offseason of 2019.
Instead of keeping his promise to Celtics Nation, Irving left Boston after two seasons and signed with the Nets on a four-year deal in 2019.
Most of Kyrie Irving’s critics want the All-NBA performer to just “shut up and dribble.” However, the Australia native continues to show why it’s important for athletes to never listen to their biggest naysayers.
Stephen Jackson reveals Kyrie Irving bought George Floyd’s family a home
Former NBA forward Stephen Jackson recently told Etan Thomas on The Rematch podcast that Kyrie Irving bought a house for George Floyd’s family. Floyd was murdered by a Minnesota police officer despite not committing a crime. Jackson was very close friends with Floyd.
“I’m just continuing to do what I said I was going to do. I said I was going to be my brother’s keeper and take care of his daughter and make sure that her next days are her best days,” Stephen Jackson said. “Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Lil Wayne’s manager bought them a Mercedes Benz. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney.”
Former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of Floyd for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The murder impacted the NBA community deeply, especially Jackson since Floyd was like a brother to him.
It’s an incredible gesture for Kyrie Irving to buy a house for George Floyd’s family. The Nets guard may be mercurial, but his heart is in the right place for social justice issues.
When will the Nets get their floor general back?
Kyrie Irving has been on personal leave from the Nets, who recently acquired 2018 MVP, James Harden, from the Houston Rockets. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Irving will miss his seventh consecutive game on MLK Day against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Irving was averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game for the Nets before taking his leave of absence. The 28-year-old could return to the lineup on Wednesday versus the Cavs.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.