“Didn’t Trust the Nets”: Insider Dishes the Dirt on Kyrie Irving’s Trust Issues With Brooklyn

Published 10/15/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 15: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to the game slipping away against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 101-93 win on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Is Kyrie Irving really as innocent and loyal to the Brooklyn Nets as it seems? Apparently not, according to renowned author and editor Matt Sullivan. The reporter has recently stated that Kyrie in fact always had trust issues with the franchise. On the other hand, the player and team are currently at a cross-roads. Owing to some personal decisions, the team is set to show the 29-year-old the exit doors sooner rather than later.

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Kyrie Irving has played two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets. He is their starting guard, and his form is key to their success. Over time, the #11 at Brooklyn has build an affable equation with his fellow superstar teammates like Kevin Durant and James Harden. As a result, they even came in support of his personal choice before the start of the new season. On the contrary, the team has now stated that only if Kyrie changes his decision, will he be allowed to play for the Nets. But apparently, this isn’t the first time that the former Celtics great is having some issues with the franchise.

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Matt Sullivan on Kyrie Irving and his trust issues with the Nets

Right through his stint with Steve Nash’s side, Irving has had ups and downs. He has been battling injury, but the 2021-22 campaign seemed to be the light at the end of the tunnel. That was until the whole saga unfolded. But according to the Bleacher Report editor Matt Sullivan, the former Rookie of the Year has been a menace since years now. Here’s what he had to say.

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets takes the court against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Appearing on ‘The Relentless’ podcast, Sullivan discussed Kyrie’s history with the side, and the implications of the ongoing issue for both concerned parties. “Then when the Nets were recommending shoulder surgery to him, and then late 2019, late 2020 when I was involved with the team for my book, he ghosted on them completely because he didn’t trust the Nets to give him the right advice,” revealed the ‘Can’t Knock the Hustle’ author. “He was flying all around the place getting second, third, fourth opinions, buying some food from 100 herbalists online instead of listening to these elite doctors from the Nets medical staff.”

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With less than a week for the regular season to start, all the clouds seem to have descended over Kyrie Irving and the Nets. What’s going to unfold in the weeks to come? If things remain as they are, Irving will either have to sit the season out, or find a new home quickly.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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