Author Reveals How Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving Got Players Traded Away if They Went Against Him

Published 07/05/2021, 7:30 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


The Brooklyn Nets never fail to make headlines ever since the ‘Big Three’ came to life. But it seems like there is far more to them than meets the eye. Author of ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’, Matt Sullivan opened up about how Kyrie Irving is actually feared. In fact, he even had some shocking relegation about Kyrie’s relationship with the rest of the roster.

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What do we know about Kyrie Irving apart from him being one of the best players in the league? That he also speaks his mind and gets involved in unwanted controversies? Sure. But what about him being a bully?

Matt Sullivan, who had full access to the Brooklyn Nets‘ locker room this season, got plenty of inside scoops. So, he decided to put all of that on paper in his new book that traces their journey in the 2020-21 season. However, no book is a good read without some unexpected information and this one will be.

In an interview, Sullivan opened up about how team players fear Kyrie. He explained, “Kyrie was empowered enough to swap guys off the Nets’ roster for this season because they didn’t necessarily agree with his politics or his view of player empowerment when it came to his kind of bubble-boycott call”

“Garrett Temple told me straight up like players in leadership, if you go against what they want you to do, then they won’t want you back. And if that’s the case, I don’t want to be on this team.”

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Although everything Sullivan said seems hard to digest, it looks like if it’s true, it might be coming to bite Kyrie back. There have been plenty of rumors that the franchise isn’t happy with Kyrie’s reckless behavior this season.

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He sat out of plenty of games because of not following COVID-19 protocols of the league. From a massless party to a pseudo-paternity leave and secretly practicing in Kobe’s old gym, he failed to keep the Nets’ in contention. Who knows if the trio was intact, the Nets might have been the one’s standing in the NBA Finals. At least that’s what everyone believes.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

No matter how good Irving is, if he continues down this rude, his future with this team or any other could be in jeopardy. And if his bullying nature also exists, as Sullivan emphasized, it might be impossible to keep him in line. What are your thoughts?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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