According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski the Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The report said that the Mavs are sending Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Nets in exchange for Irving and Markieff Morris. Many experts seem to believe Brooklyn will greatly benefit from the trade, so how does Kyrie heading to Dallas and sinking Mark Cuban's ship help the New York Knicks?
These days, it's easy to forget that Brooklyn started their season in complete turmoil. The offseason was a complete mess with perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant requesting a trade. Then, seven games into the season, they fired their head coach, Steve Nash. 3 days later Kyrie Irving was suspended, almost as expected, and any hopes of an NBA championship were burning in a dumpster at the Barclay Center. Things have changed. Nash's replacement, Jacque Vaughn, has seemly put one fire out and started a new one, a positive one.
At some point, people should have to be held responsible for their actions. Well, that is unless you play professional basketball for the Brooklyn Nets. For the past 2 seasons, Kyrie Irving has devalued the Brooklyn Nets franchise based on his personal stances. Now, the NBA star decided to spread some antisemitic propaganda to his 4.6 million twitter followers. Then when Irving was given the chance to apologize, he and that $500,000 he was pledging were silent. Just throw money at it. That's how it will go away? Nets fans, it is time for your ownership to say goodbye to the player trying to ruin your franchise.
Brooklyn Nets point-guard Ben Simmons is a 3-time NBA All Star. The 26 year-old, who owns a 16 point-per-game average with nearly 8 assists, seems to be getting used to being a social media target for "haters." Few people have sympathy for the struggles of those pulling home $35.4 million each year playing professional basketball. However, even when Simmons claimed struggles with mental illness, many critics showed zero compassion. Now the 6'11" star is trying to use that negative energy to drive his success.
In pro sports, it is not uncommon for former players criticize those still in the game, for one reason or another. Sometimes the commentary is founded and on other occasions, it is jealous griping. When the targeted commentary comes from a well-educated, NBA legend with a background in communications, and they are directed a player constantly in the middle of controversy, those opinions are delivered with a little more clout.