Kyrie Irving dares to let Nets test a free agency. Gambling can cost him Kevin Durant

Kyrie Irving moves, we react.

Fortunately, we’re not the Brooklyn Nets, a franchise who couldn’t predict all the facts of the last two years, but had to know something was going to happen.

Somehow, with a background in the New York area of ​​Kevin Durant and his hometown, they believed Irving might be happy – or at least suffocate him with enough TLC to avoid the situation.

They defended him, made excuses for him, and when he finally had to be prosecuted, he wanted to take his ball and go home or somewhere other than Barclays Center.

One thing Irving has always been right about, be it crazy or remarkable, is enchanting. When he is entertained, he pays as much attention as he does behind the scenes.

The last problem, a problem that his third eye probably didn’t see, revolves around the fact that the Nets don’t want to give him a fully guaranteed maximum contract that would take him to his mid-30s. He is threatening to relocate his part-time services while demanding full-time rates.

Let’s see, talented but at risk of injuryish a guard who instantly refuses to show up for training or games, leaving his coaches and teammates to whirl in the wind, is upset that his current employer finds him unreliable?

He may have been moved by the false sense of security in the public statements of support from Sean Marx, Steve Nash and Durant. But they soon found out what the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers had come up with the hard way: he can’t be made happy.

It is impossible.

Kyrie Irving is never happy whether or not she gets her preferred contract extension from Brooklyn Nets. (Via Matt Stone / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald Getty Images)

Now Irving had no ideal situation in Cleveland when he first got there and even after LeBron James returned to Northeast Ohio. Irving wanted his voice to be loudest, to be most important, both in the locker room and to the general public.

But it never took time, and of course it frustrated him.

Going to Boston and leading a youth group was also not an ideal situation, and although he initially promised to re-sign the fans, he and Durant had the idea to play together – the latter was not entirely original. a dozen years or so.

He did not have the necessary training to lead, his intentions were not supported by effective methods, but he probably felt with the best sense that the lessons learned along the way would help him in Brooklyn.

But the world got messed up and the NBA needed rules and a structure to move that money train.

Irving and structure do not mix because it seems to work only in anarchy. He has missed more games than he has played for Brooklyn, and only one player in the play-off series wins for his troubles.

Irving is guided by its principles, whatever they may be today. Sometimes he may feel sincere, as if he has reconnected with a long-lost relative you have loved so much. In the next breath, he says and does something that reminds you why there was so much distance.

No situation in itself is unforgivable, although his refusal to vaccinate caused a domino effect that ended in four games at the hands of a once young Celtics.

Each microstep creates a macro stairway, and at the end, it’s not a stairway to the sky.

Why is it always her? And always something that prevents him from just going out and fulfilling his god-given, personally honed ability to play this game?

He is easier to protect on the floor than off, and at best he is vulnerable between these four lines. But this is the corner to which the Nets gladly retreated.

Irving’s talent was always more valuable to them than even other franchises, given that they needed to be confirmed in the New York area and the league more broadly. Durant and Irving gave the black-and-white franchise a little color, and the Nets had to give them some room to maneuver.

Irving paints outside the lines and tested the infrastructure that was just being built. His influence was always placed on Durant’s side, not on his own value, the value his talent demanded, but his CV never seemed to appear.

He wanted the whole harvest of being a franchisee, but he never put in the necessary equity, to talk more than to show. Maybe his vulnerability earned a little mercy in an instant, but that doesn’t mean he’s fit to lead.

Anarchy is neither logical nor wage demands.

If Irving were the player to raise all the stories, if his mere presence inspired his teammates to play with him and for him, he would have realistic suitors not only for Brooklyn Nets, but for any team that doesn’t have the entire NBA scorer. .

He’s not a loser, but the question is how much he’s affected by winning. It can be a perfect addition to an ideal situation, but these circumstances do not appear, except for seismic changes in the landscape.

And the NBA tectonic plate doesn’t have room at the moment.

He is not trustworthy on many levels, and deep down he knows it.

He dares to let Nets test the free agent market, and Nets knows he doesn’t want to leave Durant.

Should he leave, there is no franchise that can capture both Irving and Durant, leaving him with little chance of reuniting. He wants to stay, but to stick to his terms with the money and the perceived impact that comes with it.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets will watch the final seconds of a 109: 103 loss to the Boston Celtics in the third round of the NBA playoffs on April 23, 2022 at the Barclays Center in New York.

Do Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving really agree to move away from the Brooklyn Nets and each other? (Al Bello / Getty Images).

Irving is likely to have more influence in the conversation in the NBA than practically in the building where he appears from time to time. Filled with incentives, the contract runs counter to his sensitivity, because on the largest indicator of self-awareness he can show, he knows he’s not around all the time.

It’s something – a birthday, an anniversary, a full moon, an eclipse – that prevents him from starting work that day or week.

The adoption of the conditional deal will not set an unattractive precedent for the future, as this whole fiasco will reflect NBA players as a whole, as CBA negotiations are imminent.

Irving is one of them, in every possible way.

Irving’s saying “means well” was always a backup because he was a young man trying to find his way in an environment where there was only so much mercy.

At some p
oint, however, it cannot be the fault of everyone else, it cannot be just because of intentions or special circumstances.

At some point, professionals have to be professionals.

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