NBA Stephen A. Smith’s controversial take
The Brooklyn Nets broke the hearts of New York Knick fans everywhere when they secured the double free agent signing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in 2019, signifying their superiority in the Big Apple, yet with Irving currently AWOL, the 28-year-old has been encouraged to retire.
Irving started the season in fine form with the Nets, combining well with Durant, yet he hasn’t played in over a week, missing four successive fixtures for what has been described as a personal issue.
Nobody knows when or if he will return, not least his coach, Steve Nash, but the situation is becoming more severe by the day with the NBA likely to open an investigation into the conduct of Irving with regards to breaking the health and security protocol established by the league.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke on Wednesday encouraging Irving to retire from basketball immediately rather than continuing his delayed absence, although the reasons for his disappearance aren’t yet clear.
“I think Kyrie Irving should announce his retirement today,” Smith declared on ESPN.
“He’s not worth [the drama] at all.
“Clearly, he doesn’t want to play basketball bad enough.”
I think Kyrie Irving should announce his retirement today. https://t.co/JywIDk60E2
? Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 13, 2021
Irving, though, is just 28 years old and should in theory be buoyed by the news that the Nets have completed a trade to bring prolific scorer James Harden to the Barclays Center.
Speculation regarding Irving‘s absence suggests he wants to take a more leading role in social justice activities, especially in the wake of the Capitol Building riot.