‘A Puppet’: Kyrie Irving Slams NBA Insider For Claims About Potential Retirement

Published 09/16/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after a call during the second half against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is arguably one of the most skilled players in the world. With one of the best ball handling skills and his incredible scoring potential, there is no doubting the star quality that Irving brings to a team.

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Coming off of a fantastic season with the Brooklyn Nets, Irving averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. While his numbers were impressive, Irving did miss multiple games. The Nets’ guard might be a star talent but he does come with his caveats.

Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after a three point shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from injury issues, Irving last season missed multiple games despite being fit to play. This behaviour certainly had drawn a lot of criticism and even led to some confusion in Brooklyn’s camp last season.

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Kyrie Irving calls out NBA insider

Given the events from last season, Kyrie hasn’t been the biggest fan of the media. With multiple media outlets questioning the Nets’ superstar absence, the 28-year-old called out the media naming them as mere ‘pawns‘.

It seems like Irving has continued to be crossroads with the media. In a recent report, NBA insider Nick Wright claimed that the 6-time All-Star will supposedly retire from the game if he is traded away from the Brooklyn Nets.

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Irving was quick to call out the NBA insider. Posting an image, the 28-year-old this time wrote the caption as, “A Puppet”. Kyrie is certainly not afraid to stand up to the media and call them out. Considering how the paparazzi is always around him, expect to see some more incidents like this for the upcoming season.

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As for potential trades for Irving go, it is highly unlikely that the Nets would think of breaking the big three. While the 6-time All-Star is pretty volatile, he has slotted in well as the primary shooting guard and has averaged elite numbers as well as he joined the 50-40-90 club as well.

If not for his awkward injury in the playoffs, the Nets could have even made it all the way to the Finals last season. The talent pool in Nets’ big three is elite. Given that they are coming off of a longer off-season, expect the big three of Kevin Durant, Irving and James Harden wreak havoc in the NBA.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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