WATCH: Kyrie Irving and Bam Adebayo Stopped From Swapping Jerseys After Nets vs Heat Game

Published 01/24/2021, 11:58 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


Kyrie Irving is back on the NBA court after spending some time away due to personal reasons. While he has faced criticism for that, it is hard to criticize him for everything that he does on the court. A case in point was his performance against the Miami Heat yesterday.

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Kyrie scored 28 points on almost 60% efficiency to help the Nets to a narrow four-point win over the Heat. The Heat were without Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, yet they managed to keep it within four. The reason Miami kept it close was Bam Adebayo, who dropped a career-high 41 points.

Being the heroes for their respective sides, Kyrie and Bam tried to exchange jerseys after the game, but a Miami Heat security guard wasn’t going to let that happen.

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The NBA has imposed a bunch of rules around COVID-19 protocol which includes players not interacting post-game with hugs or daps. However, we see people still doing this, including Kyrie and Bam. But sharing jerseys would obviously be a definite no-no, so good on the security guard for catching it.

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Adebayo is still a young player in this league and is trying his best for a very depleted Heat roster right now. Adebayo dropping a career-high on Kyrie’s Nets is something that he will remember.

Jan 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots the ball in front of Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It is always heartwarming to see players on opposing teams show love to each other after games. One of the reasons COVID-19 protocol became so stringent was because Bradley Beal showed love to Jayson Tatum after a game and then both men were sidelined due to contact tracing protocol.

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Adebayo could have grown up watch Kyrie play, so he would have loved to get an Irving jersey with him as well. While it didn’t happen now, maybe it will happen in the future when these protocols start easing up.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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