Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
25 July 2017
The ego of Kyrie Irving needs a basketball team of its own
I’ll put this bluntly, Kyrie Irving, the #2 superstar on the Cleveland Cavaliers, is losing his ever loving mind.
Kyrie Irving is one of those crazy talented ballers. Every year, he and his teammate, LeBron James, who just so happens to be the greatest basketball player on the planet, advance themselves to the NBA finals. Last year, Kyrie sank a monumental basket at the end of regulation against the Golden State Warriors, cementing the first championship for Cleveland.
All good stuff, right? Not to Irving. He is tired of being the #2 and wants a trade so he can be the superstar on a team of his own. And here I thought his comment about the world being flat was nuts.
“It’s almost as if we need another professional basketball platform. One league with those chasing the glory of record books (where Irving belongs) and another with consummate team players, the Tim Duncans of the world.”
What are the true goals of Kyrie Irving?
Can an egomaniac be tops on a team? Sure. Any superstar would fit into this category. Would a team like the Utah Jazz or the Phoenix Suns welcome Irving? Absolutely. But Irving’s reasons for a trade are insane, and a brand built on insanity never prevails.
Damien Lillard, the face of the mediocre Portland Trailblazers, said it best; “… it’s a lot of hard work, but I’m not even sure that’s true. But who wouldn’t want to go to the Finals every year? I think they’ve been to the Finals the last three years, so I would love to do that.”
It’s almost as if we need another professional basketball platform. One league with those chasing the glory of record books (where Irving belongs) and another with consummate team players, the Tim Duncans of the world.
I’ll take the latter any day of the week. It’s a shame because it’s this very mindset that’s keeping Irving from being one of the greats. And it’s what he has yet to learn from LeBron.
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