Kyrie Irving Reportedly Wants To Be A New York Knick, And Apparently We Have Given Him Far Too Much Credit
And just when you thought that Kyrie Irving was "LeBroning" LeBron James in an effort to preemptively put himself in the best position going forward, he turns around and pushes for a trade to an organization so self-mutilating that they have managed to bleed New York City dry of all it's basketball cachet.
He was doing so well too. The passive aggressive slight at a teammate from "sources close to him". Ridiculously unsubtle social media posts. The flat out refusal to answer or return phone calls. All very LeBron-esque moves to be partaking in during the summer before the 'King' of posturing and planning chose where to next take his throne. This is going to read like a weird thing to say about a guy who asked out of a partnership with the best player on the planet after going to three straight NBA Finals, but it was almost commendable of Kyrie Irving to see the writing on the wall and frantically attempt to get out of the building before his career got REDRUM'd. That is, until his preferred destination became public information and it became clear that he's the type of person to walk directly into an early death during the first scene of a horror movie (not entirely a black joke, btw).
The Knicks? The fucking Knicks? The franchise that is run so poorly that it doesn't even have the assets to work a trade for the one superstar that is apparently too dumb to take notes from the catastrophic career trajectory of Carmelo Anthony? James Dolan has dumped so much gasoline on the dumpster fire that is his organization that it's literally saving a 25 year old with instant offense, absurd handles, and an ability to finish at the rim that defies physics and geometry from himself.
I thought Kyrie Irving was pulling a "LeBron", but this would be like LeBron making 'The Decision' to leave Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat to go play with Larry Hughes and Delonte West after the latter had an unforgettable night with his mother. Of all the places to request a trade to, Kyrie Irving chose one of the only teams that has the potential to be worse than the Cavaliers after next summer. Literally the only organization that is under worse management than one that has basically called the Uber in the process of driving it's championship-caliber talent out of town. He might have aspects of LeBron James' incredibly contrived exit strategy down pat, but the poor bastard must be color-blind if he thinks the barren wasteland ironically known as 'The Garden' that's been poorly landscaped by the contracts of Joakim Noah and Tim Hardaway Jr. has greener grass.