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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Stephen A. Smith says ‘attitude’ talk about Kyrie Irving is circulating

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is viewed by many as an extremely talented NBA player. However, there were several reasons to question his leadership skills after seeing how last season went for the Boston Celtics.

Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency as part of a package deal with Kevin Durant (and DeAndre Jordan!). There was already talk in October about the team having some frustration with the guard’s “mood swings.”

Stephen A. Smith said on “First Take” that he is “not hearing good things” about Kyrie in Brooklyn. He said it has to do with an “attitude perspective.” Smith did not add more than that.

Irving more or less confirmed the mood swings report, saying that he doesn’t have to be perfect.

There was talk before free agency that the Nets had reservations about signing Irving unless he was part of a package deal that brought them someone else. The Nets are 6-8 so far this season.

Irving is averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game this season, which all mark career-high stats for the 2011 No. 1 overall pick.

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