‘Kyrie Irving Has to Get His Mind Together’- Stephen A. Smith Comments on Brooklyn Nets Star’s Hefty Penalty For Breaching Protocols

Published 01/15/2021, 3:20 PM EST
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)


James Harden and Kevin Durant are teammates once again. Moreover, they have a 3rd superstar in Kyrie Irving and this trio is primed to win the NBA championship with the Brooklyn Nets in 2021. But what does Stephen A. Smith think about the Nets’ flashy new team? 

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Brooklyn emptied their pockets and somehow landed James Harden via a sensational trade. The franchise has united 3 top players in their team for one sole purpose – to win a championship. However, they’re yet to team up together and take to the court. 

NBA Analyst Stephen A. Smith detailed what he thinks about the Nets, as Kyrie Irving has also been reported to come back into the team.

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“I don’t know what to expect, to be honest with you. I mean, first of all, it’s not what we see now this weekend it’s what we’re going to see in the weeks to come,” Stephen A said. 

Will the Brooklyn Nets ‘Big 3’ fit into their roles right from the start?

James Harden to the Nets wasn’t very surprising at all. It was imminent, but fans just didn’t know when. But what’s more astonishing is that Kyrie is also staying with the team, despite the personal hit that he’s been taking for his leave of absence. 

However, Stephen A. Smith predicts that the Nets would require a few games’ time to settle in. “James Harden’s got to get his body together, Kyrie Irving has to get his mind together.

“Once that happens then you see the three big three on the court and then you judge them as the big three,” Smith mentioned. 

Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Kent Bazemore (26) fights for a loose ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) and point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

“Right now they’re just individuals that are playing together they’re not necessarily a team. The only person that’s been a consistent model of a teammate has been Kevin Durant at this particular moment in time,” expressed Stephen A. 

And rightfully so, Kevin Durant has been all about the game ever since making his return. Both Harden and Kyrie have had their fair share of drama, but KD has been balling it out for the Brooklyn Nets!

Stephen A reacts to Irving’s hefty fine for breaking protocols

Stephen A. Smith had other things to say besides foretelling the Nets’ future this season. The veteran journalist is never the one to mince his words, and likewise, he delivered a clear cut view on the Kyrie-Harden situation. 

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“I believe in Harden’s personality. I know he’s been taking a lot of hits and what have you, but he was just trying to get himself out of there and we understand all of that he doesn’t engage in load management. He gives it to you,” Stephen A mentioned. 

“In the case of Kyrie Irving, in this 72 game season this year, the guy is getting paid $464,000 per game. So him being out or being rather or being penalized for these 5 games without pay is going to cost him in excess of $2.3 million: I hope it was worth it for,” the 53-year-old added. 

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Right now, Stephen A isn’t too sold on the fact that James Harden is now with the Brooklyn Nets. Moreover, Kyrie Irving has not been in the best mindset to open this season, but it is only a matter of time before the ‘Big 3’ start firing.

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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