ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith sounds off on Kyrie Irving, Nets after Celtics sweep: ‘You’ve got to show up to work’
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ESPN star Stephen A. Smith scolded Kyrie Irving For his absence from Tuesday Brooklyn Nets With the decision not to vaccinate against him this season COVID-19, Arguing that the team would not have lost to the Boston Celtics NBA playoffs If he had played the whole season.
Fresh in the Nets’ 116-112 loss in Game 4 on Monday night, Smith called Irving on ESPN’s “First Tech” and said it was not a question of his talent but his commitment to the team.
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“I will never give up when I tell you [Irving] A long-term deal, I don’t mean that I won’t pay him. What I’m saying is, I’ll be opting out every year if I can stop it, “Smith said.” You have to show it works because that’s the focus of it all. “
“If Kerry Irving had stayed this season, would the nets have floated in this series? I don’t think so. I think everyone knows the answer to that question. It doesn’t,” he continued. “There could be a better chance for them to win the series. I still thought they were going to win the series. If they are a real team then there is no way they can go to hell. The problem is they are not.”
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Following Monday’s defeat, Irving apparently referred to his out-of-court issues as a “distraction” for the party.
“I think it was really heavy emotionally this season,” he said, through ESPN. “We all felt it. I felt like I was disappointing the team in a place where I couldn’t play. We were trying to practice every option for my game, but I never wanted it to be just about me. And I think This sometimes becomes a confusion.
Irving further suggested that he look for a “management” role within the team, which Smith calls “insensitive drive.”
“You don’t have to show up to work first? Don’t you have to be a trusted product …”
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