Despite a season filled with controversy and mentally difficult to get through, Kyrie Irving has appeared rather peaceful in most of his recent speaking engagements. An attitude that has strongly reacted to one of his former teammates at the Nets, according to whom the star point guard would simply … nothing to do.
Relatively sober and focused on basketball in Cleveland, since his departure he has been talked about as much for his performances on the floor as for his escapades outside. In recent months, it is even rather the extra-sporting aspect that has taken over the rest for Kyrie Irving. Called to lead the Nets to the title with Kevin Durant, the 2016 champion has rather caused controversy for most of the season.
Rare player who publicly said that he would not accept to receive the vaccine against Covid-19, Kaï paid a high price. He thus missed fifty games because of this position, and necessarily lacked rhythm at the start of the playoffs. At the time of negotiations around his next contract, this data necessarily comes into play, and is talked about again.
Kyrie’s toughness doesn’t shock Shumpert
Eligible for an XXL extension this summer in Brooklyn, Irving could suffer from his behavior considered individualistic by some. In any case, some rumors suggest that his managers would hesitate to offer him a maximum salary over the long term. Enough to consider a big blow for the leader, who should not regret his actions despite everything, according to Iman Shumpert, recent guest of Vlad TV :
He didn’t give a damn (what other people might say and think). He made it clear that he would not be vaccinated. And you can’t blame him. It really is a personal decision. This stuff freaked people out so much, that Kyrie said, “For no reason I’m not getting this vaccine. And everyone reacted like, « Yeah, that’s it, and as soon as they stop paying him, he’s going to change his mind! » »
Suddenly, the Nets withheld part of his salary, and he replied, “Cool. Everyone was there, « What?! » Then they told him he couldn’t play at home, he said, « Okay, cool. And everyone was like, “Heiiiiin?! “While the guy had warned everyone by all possible means that he was not going to receive the vaccine! But people are not capable of making these kinds of life-changing decisions.
For Shumpert, who knows the guy well as a former partner in the Cavaliers and the Nets, Kyrie would simply be much more mentally solid and sure of his convictions than ordinary mortals. This would in any case explain the poor perception of this decision by public opinion. Let Uncle Drew be reassured, it could also be that his firmness does not ultimately impact his future in the NBA !
Determined not to bend in the face of popular pressure, Kyrie Irving escaped the vaccine, even if it meant losing a few million dollars in the process. The kind of choice with heavy consequences that would not be feasible by all according to Iman Shumpert!