What’s Going on with Kyrie?
I remember the 2016 NBA Finals like it was yesterday. I was still living in Oklahoma and praying that the Cavs—but mainly LeBron James— would beat the Warriors and become world champions. This series was the greatest Finals series in all my time watching basketball.
Arguably the greatest team ever assembled, pre-Kevin Durant, were the favorites to win and for good reason—they won 73 games during the regular season. Somehow, with the superhero-like leadership of LeBron, the Cleveland Cavaliers prevailed.
BOOM. The 52-year championship drought was over, just like that.
But LeBron wasn't the only reason the Cavs currently have a banner in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Kyrie Irving was an essential part of that team. LeBron got the block, but Kyrie hit the biggest shot in Cavs history.
Kyrie is one of the best players in the NBA. No one with a brain would argue against that, but the last few years since he departed from
Cleveland in search of his "own" team, his ability to win has been underwhelming and disappointing. On paper, however, you might not be able to tell. His numbers are still crazy.
Here's what he's averaged since leaving Cleveland after the 2016-2017 season, per ESPN:
Boston 2017-2018: 24.4ppg, 5.1apg, 3.8rpg while shooting 49 percent from the field. Boston 2018-2019: 23.8ppg, 6.9apg, 5.0rpg while shooting 48.7 percent from the field.
Brooklyn 2019-2020: 27.4ppg, 6.4apg, 5.2rpg while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
These may be quality numbers for the 2011 Rookie of the Year, but it hasn't translated to winning. His first year in Boston, his team went to the conference finals, but without his help. He only played 60 games that season and sat out the playoffs with a knee injury. Then the next season he only played 67 games and, after promising Celtic Nation
he'd re-sign in the off-season, he reneged and opted to enter free agency, joining forces with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn instead.
Now in his first season with the Nets, he's played a total of 20 games and has battled more injuries and issues than I can list, including a recently reported, season-ending shoulder injury.
So I ask, what is going on with Kyrie Irving?
Lately, I've noticed that Kyrie has just been weird. The world is flat. He's posting weird imagery about the all-seeing-eye and pyramids. I'm not sure if it's just me, but around the time he started to actively speak
on these things and post about it so frequently was the same time I started to see a decline in his health on the court.
Maybe they're connected, maybe not, but what I do know is Kyrie Irving is different
today than he was just a few years ago.
I'm praying for Kyrie.
I'm really posting this to create a dialogue for basketball fans to share their perspectives on what's going on with the league's craftiest player.
Will we ever see a fully healthy Kyrie again? Will he ever win again? Is there more to his struggles than meets the (third) eye?