“Playing With Peoples Money”: Fans Livid After Former All-Star Admits Voting Kyrie Irving for All-NBA Team Was a Mistake

Published 05/26/2022, 12:33 AM EDT
Apr 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) stares down Boston Celtics fans heckling from the stands before the start of the first round against the Boston Celtics for the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The All-NBA teams are out. Consequently, there have been criticisms and analysis of all the players voted in these teams. Yesterday, the NBA released a list of who the 100 sports broadcasters/journalists voted for. Some ballots have left NBA fans bewildered. There were questions asked already about why Joel Embiid doesn’t have a spot in the All-NBA First team. Now, with the voter lists released, fans have realized that some of these experts may not actually watch the game.

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Some votes made little sense even to the most fans. Jalen Rose’s vote for Kyrie Irving on the third team takes the cake on how off the board it was. He then came on ESPN for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals where he admitted he made a mistake by voting for Irving.

This has left fans annoyed and confused by why Rose voted for Irving. These are some reactions from NBA Twitter, which summarise Rose’s actions really well:

Does Kyrie Irving deserve an All NBA vote?

Jalen Rose’s vote made little sense to his co-workers, fans or anybody who follows the game religiously. The All-NBA team usually comprises players who were the best of the best during the regular season. These teams contain the top 15 players of the year.

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Experts and fans would argue that Kyrie Irving, while absolutely talented, missed 2/3rds of the season because of his stance. Playing just 29 games in the season shouldn’t qualify you for the All NBA team.

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Apr 23, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) is triple teamed by Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27), guard Marcus Smart (36) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Rose brought up the fact that he was mesmerized by the Brooklyn Nets star, but that shouldn’t qualify someone for a spot over Trae Young whose production over an entire season has led the Hawks to the playoffs. Scoring 28.4 points per game over 76 games looks much better than playing 29 games and getting dumped in the first round of the playoffs despite being the favourites.

Despite Jalen Rose’s vote, Trae Young did indeed get a spot in the 3rd team and hence, not creating a firestorm among the fans.

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What did you think of Jalen Rose’s vote? Does there need to be a more select panel of voters for these awards? Discuss and present your opinion below.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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