Stephen A. Smith Raises Serious Trust Issues With Kyrie Irving

Published 11/04/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


The Kyrie Irving-Brooklyn Nets saga keeps on giving. But there is no room for a return, as the franchise has ruled it out. Owing to a personal decision, Irving has been on the sidelines for a while now. Renowned analyst Stephen A. Smith is extremely unimpressed at the 29-year-old’s commitment ever since the news broke out. Now, he has questioned Kyrie’s intentions, claiming that the former Celtics star cannot be trusted.

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After a blockbuster start where he earned some of his best numbers, Kyrie Irving was aghast as injuries came back to haunt him. His absence was a key feature of the Nets’ exit last year. Since then, the crack between the player and team has only gotten bigger. Fans are going berserk, with some questioning his dedication and some backing his decisions fully. Additionally, he has been posting some cryptic messages on social media, drawing blanks from NBA buffs.

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‘Can’t be trusted’: Stephen A goes on epic rant against Kyrie Irving

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Many-a-time, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has expressed his disbelief over how disinterested Kyrie Irving has been during the off-season. The starlet believes in something, and refuses to change his stance on it. While has has received the utmost support from his teammates like Durant and Harden, Smith is having none of it. “I have complaining about Kyrie Irving’s commitment and I will validate it,” claimed the 54-year-old.

On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A told Jay Williams how untrustworthy he considers the 7-time All-star. “KD signed his extension right? KD signed his extension. James Harden has an extension that he can sign anytime he wants to. There was $196 million on the table for Kyrie Irving.” Smith was complaining about Kyrie using his privilege to play when he wants to. “You think that $196 million is gonna be available in January? You’re damn right it ain’t. And why? Not because of this, because there’s a history that he can’t be trusted.”

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Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures to fans before a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith is clearly unimpressed with Kyrie Irving this summer. When will see the guard return to action you ask? I guess only time will tell.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis 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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