Kevin Durant Has a Hilarious Reply to Kyrie Irving’s Peculiar Pre-Game Ritual

Published 12/19/2020, 1:20 AM EST
SANTA MONICA, CA – JUNE 16: NBA player Kyrie Irving attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


If fans were to picture the Brooklyn Nets superstars make their incredible comeback, they certainly wouldn’t have imagined Kyrie Irving making rounds in the TD Garden with burned sage to cleanse the court while preparing to play against Boston Celtics. Players are known all over for their skills on the court and how they are off the court, but this was definitely a first in NBA history.

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Irving is famous for pulling off antics, knowingly or unknowingly, that bring all the attention to him. But what he did before his debut in the preseason opener will never be forgotten.

Kevin Durant takes a shot at his teammate

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One of the most lethal shooters in the league has a thing for the limelight. Even when Irving was sitting out the entire 2019-2020 campaign, battling injuries, he was trending all over for his crazy interviews. This is the man who claimed in front of a large group of people and in front of social media that the Earth was flat.

Irving’s own teammate, Kevin Durant, couldn’t help but comment on this peculiar incense burning ritual performed by Kyrie.

According to Kristian Winfield, this is what Durant had to say:

“Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving saging the arena before the game: “That’s his thing. Kyrie probably sages his room before he plays 2K at home.”

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How are Kyrie Irving and KD looking on their return?

The two-time Finals MVP is making his much-awaited comeback to the league this week. Durant suffered a torn Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. He has been out ever since. So when he was declared fit to return, everybody was looking forward to seeing Kyrie and KD play together.

Dec 18, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball away from Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With the way they’ve played in the preseason, the duo is all anybody could have hoped for. They have already established themselves as being worthy enough to be wary of this season. However, we will have to see how long this chemistry lasts. Is this just temporary, or enough to change the fate of the Brooklyn Nets?

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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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