Nick Friar October 1, 2020 10:18 pm
Among the things Kyrie Irving addressed in the second part of his interview on “The ETCs with Kevin Durant” was the matter of who will take the final shot for the Brooklyn Nets in close games.
Both are comfortable taking the final shot, but have no issues with the other doing so, as well.
“Depends on who’s hot,” Irving said.
But there was more to Irving’s answer that caught the attention of many.
“One thing I’ve always been comfortable with is I felt like I was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch,” he said on Durant’s podcast. “This is the first time in my career where I could look down and be like, ‘That [expletive] can make that shot too, and he’d probably do it a lot easier.’ You know what I mean? I feel like… Okay, well, it’s not really so much deferring. Because, in past situations, if I didn’t take the last shot, I felt guilty.”
Given Irving played with LeBron James, his remarks surprised many, even though he also said:
“Not that I didn’t say I didn’t have the trust in my teammates, but I felt like I was the best option…”
In the aftermath of the reaction, Irving responded to everyone pitting him against James (via @TheNBACentral):
“Why must it always be brotha against brotha? Why? If I’m addressing anyone, I’ll say their name. Come one y’all, don’t listen to the false narratives. Let people live their lives. It’s just a game. Talk about the art. Talk about the sport. You talk openly. You talk freely. But, because we live in a clickbait society it becomes something bigger. You don’t have to defend it. That’s just what media is. It’s entertainment. I’m not going to let it put me against anybody anymore at any point, ’cause that’s what it’s about. We talk freely and openly, and that’s our society. Say how you feel, don’t have to put me against anyone else. It’s never been about that. It’s about the love. Peace.”