Kyrie is this Summer’s Durant

Kyrie This Summer's Durant

Turning Everything into a Negative Light is Simply what People do Best

Harvey Spector is an excellent lawyer, I daresay one of the best in his professions – at least by television show standards.

Mike Ross is a super genius and has quickly become Spector’s new protege and for years has worked in the same firm under the same lawyer. Over that span, Ross has become an even better lawyer, yet remained nothing more than Spector’s protege, for in Spector’s firm, Harvey Spector was on the top of the mountain – the gold standard.

If a case needed to be won, it goes to Spector.

‘Suits’, for anybody who doesn’t recognize the origin of the analogy and let’s add a little twist. Now, say Mike is ready to take on the big cases and over his time under Spector has accumulated the wealth of knowledge and experience necessary to handle his own. So he comes to his higher-ups and says he believes it is time for him to move on, to start a new chapter to his career. He believes he can handle it and he is ready to come out from Harvey Spector’s shadow. Ultimately, the move is what will make him happy and the firm will either allow him to pursue his happiness, or he will simply move on once his contract comes up.


If this move will make Mike happy, why question it? Why talk negatively of it? Why put him down?

Kyrie Irving is Mike Ross. Kyrie Irving is this summer’s Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, Kyrie Irving has done nothing wrong if reports of him wanting to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers are true.

“I don’t understand the Kyrie situation,” Said Charles Barkley in a recently on NBATV. “This generation of players — you want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid. If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. I mean, the objective is to win.

“When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him. And now you want to leave the best player in the world. I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron [James] casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow. I’m pretty sure everybody that played with Michael Jordan or Larry Bird or Shaq … when you play with Shaq, it’s a big thing. If you get a chance to play with great players, that’s half the battle.”

There is a silly code of conducts that exists in the NBA – one that is quite honestly stupid and primitive.

“That was crazy to me. I didn’t know that was happening at all,” Washington Wizards superstar John Wall commented on Irving’s situation. “Well, too bad.”

“It’s kinda tough. If I had been to three straight [NBA] Finals, I’d want to stay but you never know what type of relationship or what type of details they have going on the backside. Nobody knows what’s going on behind closed doors. He’s one of those guys who wants to be the main guy.”

Here is the thing and if you really sit down and think about it, you should realize how bizarre this code of conduct is.

Stay loyal to x team, don’t leave x team and go to y team when y team has beaten you. Don’t team up with z players in an effort to win championships.

What people constantly fail to realize is that Mike Ross and Kyrie Irving are the two exact same people – they just have different professions. Mike Ross is a lawyer. That is his job – it is how he provides for himself. Kyrie Irving is a basketball player and that is how he provides for himself and his family.

What many seem to forget, fans and even many in the sports media industry is that while NBA stars appear to be larger than life at the end of the day, they are human, with real human emotions. There are things they like, there are things they dislike. There are things that make them happy, and things that upset them.


So when we question Kevin Durant for wanting to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State, why can’t we as people realize that the number one reason Durant is making the move is to be happy. The number one reason Mike Ross wants to move on from Spector’s firm, is to be happy. The number one reason Irving wants to leave Cleveland is to be happy.

It’s crazy how society can twist everything into a negative light. It’s disgusting, it’s unprofessional, and it’s upsetting.

Last year Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State. It was called ”the weakest move” Stephen A. Smith has ever seen. Has a superstar athlete ever been this weak-minded? How can he possibly leave Russell Westbrook after being one win away from an NBA Finals berth? And to go to the team that beat them?

A year has gone by. Durant is a champion and has once again re-signed with the Warriors on a short term deal worth under market value. One would thing that Durant is happy and why slam that.

Is it Durant’s job to keep the NBA competitive? Every other team should just make an effort to get better. It’s difficult, but life is not always fair. If there is no rule prohibiting Durant from joining the Warriors, than Stephen A. Smith should instead of slamming a dude, should do his job and break down the move, talk about how it makes the Warriors better, and what the other 29-teams in the NBA should do.

Of course it won’t ever happen, but one can dream.

In Irving’s case, Kyrie went about wanting a trade the right way. If Bob, who works at Sears wants a move to The Bay, he will go to his manager and say he wants to quit at Sears in an effort to move over to The Bay. Does Bob get crapped on? Irving went to his general manager, stated his case, stated that he was unhappy, and voiced that he would like to be traded.

Sounds pretty professional to me.

When a player is not happy, who cares about playing with LeBron James, the greatest basketball player on the planet? Who cares about the three straight Finals appearance? Or winning an NBA championship.

Fact remains, Kyrie Irving is unhappy and wants to leave.

There is no reason to call him immature, no reason to call him a whiner or stupid. He doesn’t need LeBron James superstar privileges to voice displeasure. Irving is an offensive superstar, quite possibly the best finisher at the rim in NBA history with the best handles.

Prior to James’ arrival, Irving was still a young basketball player on a bad Cleveland team. Should he really get all the blame for how bad the franchise was post-LeBron? He has a brutal record in games that LeBron doesn’t play in. Can you blame him that the team is built around LeBron’s strengths? Irving is not a pass-first guy, he doesn’t have the gift of setting up the James Jones’, the Kyle Korvers, the Channing Fryes of the world – that is James’ gift.

It is unknown whether Irving will leave the franchise in a trade or in free agency when the time comes – hell, he may even stay if he turns happy in Cleveland – but to talk down the guy who went the right way about requesting a trade in an effort to be happy is the most predictable thing that society can do.

He has come up big in the games he was expected to rise to the occasion in. He has never publicly complained of his role with the team. He has put in the work to be great since entering the league. He has done everything he was expected to do.

So do not tell me the guy is a whiner because he could’ve handled this in a very different way.

For the composure that Irving shows in the clutch, I highly doubt he is the sensitive type who cares much about what Charles Barkley, John Wall, the media, and many others are saying in regards to his situation. In fact, he can plug one of his ears with his championship ring to drown out the noise. This entire situation simply just reflects badly on the society we live in.

Don’t people just suck sometimes?


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