All we’ve been hearing this season is about the possibility of Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant leaving their respective teams for the New York Knicks this coming summer.
On Monday, a video of Kyrie and Durant chatting after this past Sunday’s All-Star game went viral on Twitter and Knicks’ fans started assuming that both guys were talking about playing for their favorite team.
Irving made it clear on Wednesday that he’s not happy about how the basketball world ran with the video and assumed something that wasn’t true.
“This is the stuff that just doesn’t make the league fun,” said Irving, via Jay King of The Athletic. Like, it doesn’t make the league fun. Nobody helps promote the league even more by doing bullshit like that, of just fictitious putting things on what we’re talking about. It’s just, it’s crazy.”
Here’s more of what Kyrie had to say:
You can’t blame the media and fans for reading into that video with how flaky Kyrie has been over the years. First he told Cleveland Cavalier fans that he wasn’t going to leave and of course he then asked for a trade a few years later. Then he told Celtics’ fans prior to this season that he’s staying and then recently made it clear that he doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to his future in Boston.
Kyrie is just one of those athletes that isn’t a fan of the media. The funny thing will be if he joins ESPN when his career is over. It seems like every athlete that complains about the media ends up joining the media at some point.
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