On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that Kyrie Irving would be suspended for at least five games due to his recent actions and the promotion of an antisemitic film on his social media accounts.
This was just the latest blow against Irving – and the latest headache he has caused his team.
Since joining the Nets a few seasons ago, Irving has not been the reliable All-Star that the team wanted.
Due to personal time off, his COVID vaccine status, and this latest controversy, Irving hasn’t been around a lot.
Kyrie Nets career:
111 games played
128 games missed pic.twitter.com/zGFmnt1X7T
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 3, 2022
In fact, when you look at his time in Brooklyn, he has played in 111 games and has missed 128.
The investment in Irving was a big one – it was supposed to change the team forever.
Instead, it has caused numerous negative headlines, strife within the team, and a lack of championship rings.
After this latest fiasco, there are many people wondering if the player and the team will go their separate ways because the Irving experiment doesn’t seem to be working in Brooklyn.
Irving On The Outs
Irving is still a wonderful basketball player, there is no doubt about that.
During this season alone, he’s putting up 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
And his career average is a very strong 23.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.
Irving is a former Rookie of the Year, a seven-time All-Star, an All-Star MVP, and an NBA champion.
There is no doubt that he’s a great NBA star.
But he costs the Nets more than he is worth and there is going to come a point when the team’s front office decides they are not willing to put up with all the drama and the fiascos caused by him.
In fact, they might have already reached that point.