Shaquille O’Neal Demands Kyrie Irving Trade From Brooklyn Nets: “Can You Have a Championship Team When One of Your Main Guys Don’t Want to Sacrifice?”

Published 12/21/2021, 10:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal attends AOL Build to discuss his collaboration with Toys For Tots at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)


On one hand, the reality is that before Kyrie also became a victim of the outbreak, the Nets were planning to bring him back. On the other hand, some believe that enough is enough and the superstar should be traded for being selfish. And if there is anyone who agrees with the majority this time, it’s Shaquille O’Neal.

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The Brooklyn Nets have been hit, and even bigger this time. Their first blow was at the beginning of the 2021 NBA season when Kyrie Irving refused to get himself vaccinated and had to sit out of games all this while. Then Kevin Durant got injured in the midst of an outbreak that has left eleven of their players in the league’s health and safety protocols. So, is it wiser to keep Kyrie or get Nets should rid of him?

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Shaquille O’Neal votes for Kyrie Irving trade

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 25: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal speaks at the 12th Annual Lakers All-Access Event at Staples Center on January 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Right now, Kyrie Irving is one of the most controversial players in the NBA. He is known for his debatable statements and wild behaviors. And not adhering to the rules of New York’s arena in the midst of the pandemic had its consequences. Not only did he get bashed for it, but it was Kevin Durant and the Nets who had to suffer.

KD has been carrying the team throughout the season and has done a brilliant job with it. His monstrous performances have landed them at the top of the table in the East. But with the recent upsetting situation with the league instilling player replacements from next month because of players entering health and safety protocols, the Nets decided to bring Irving back part-time. He would only be available only for the road games.

However, Shaquille O’Neal thinks that it’s time the Nets say goodbye to him. In his recent podcast, the discussion about whether he should be traded or not came up, to which Shaq agreed with. Then he stated, “It’s all about sacrifice. How can you have a championship team when one of your main guys don’t want to sacrifice?”

The Brooklyn Nets could have another plan in mind

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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

A trade about Irving is just conjecture, as well as the theory that is making rounds. What made the Brooklyn Nets suddenly change their minds about bringing Kyrie Irving back? Is a depleted roster the reason? Ensuring they have the best chance at a title? Or is there something deeper at play here?

Well, some people also believe that the Nets are only bringing him back to eventually put him back on the market. They want other teams to believe that Irving is in the best of health, despite missing half of the season. And once they get the best deal possible, it will be bye-bye Kyrie.

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Of course, this could be a little over the top. But anything can happen in the NBA and ruling this out completely would be foolish. If the team is planning something like this, it’s either absolutely genius. Or it will jeopardize all that they have worked for so far.

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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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