Kendrick Perkins took aim at Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night.
Perkins, who played for the Boston Celtics from 2003-2011, joined Brian Scalabrine and Mike Gorman on the call for Tuesday night’s Celtics game against the Houston Rockets. Late in the second quarter of the game, Perkins was praising Celtics fans, and that led him to take a shot at Irving.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 12, 2020
“Do you hear these chants right now?” Perkins asked, impressed because the game was in Houston. “And Kyrie Irving didn’t want to play for this franchise. Every time I think of that guy I want to throw up!”
Irving was with the Cavaliers from 2011-2017 and then forced a trade to Boston. He got hurt and the team reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without him. Despite their success without him, he became bossy the following season, which ended up a disaster. Irving then left for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency over the summer.
Irving is an easy target but has earned that through his actions. Perkins has previously taken a shot at Irving’s leadership, so this was nothing new. But Perkins’ bias against Irving is so strong it’s led him to say some crazy things about the Nets guard.
Kyrie Irving left Saturday night’s Brooklyn Nets game against the Washington Wizards after suffering an apparent knee injury during a tie-up with Bradley Beal.
Irving and Beal were fighting for the ball in the fourth quarter and both players ended up on the court. Beal bumped into the back of Irving’s right leg, causing Irving’s knee to bend the wrong way.
Kyrie Irving went back to the locker room after getting his leg caught underneath Bradley Beal. pic.twitter.com/6KpqXhfskJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2020
Irving was seen grabbing his right knee after the incident. He was able to get up and limped into the locker room on his own.
Irving had 11 points in 29 minutes prior to suffering the injury, which the Nets later called a sprain. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving will undergo an MRI on his knee Sunday.
Irving had 54 points in the team’s previous game on Friday night. Two games before that, he had 40.
He showed off some unreal moves earlier in Saturday’s game:
Kyrie handles, stops, and fades. pic.twitter.com/I82w2iIyPP
— NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2020
- Kyrie Irving
The NBA community was hit hard on Sunday by the news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash, and Kyrie Irving felt he could not play a game under the circumstances.
There were several NBA games that went on as scheduled, and that included the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Irving, who was close with Bryant, reportedly left the arena due to personal reasons and did not return.
Nets' Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday's game against New York due to personal reasons. Irving and Kobe Bryant shared a close friendship.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 26, 2020
Kyrie Irving was close with Kobe Bryant and will not play today against the Knicks. He arrived at MSG but left.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 26, 2020
Many felt the NBA should have cancelled all of its games on Sunday following the tragedy, but there are a lot of moving parts and that would be extremely difficult to do.
We saw some incredible tributes from teams that did play on Sunday, and there will undoubtedly be many more. Kobe was one of the most iconic players in NBA history and still very involved with the game at the time of his death.
The crash in California on Sunday killed five people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter. The two were on their way to Kobe’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.
More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:
Other victims of the helicopter crash:
– John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
– Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Tributes to Kobe:
– Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
– Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
– Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
– Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
– Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
– Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
– NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
– Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
– Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
– Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
– Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences
– Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
– Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
– No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
– Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
– Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
– Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
– Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41
Whatever issues that existed between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving seem to have been patched up.
James’ Los Angeles Lakers faced Irving’s Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday and won the game. After the contest, James and Irving shook hands and shared a big hug.
James shared photos of that on Instagram, captioning it “Brothers! 3 years of eternal moments, memories. Young God was Epic!”
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James calling the two of them “brothers” shows how they still feel about each other.
When Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers ahead of the 2017-2018 season, it was because he wanted to get away from James and lead his own franchise. Irving’s two seasons in Boston did not go well, and the young point guard learned just how difficult it is to lead your own team. That lesson helped him reconcile with LeBron.
There was even talk that Irving would be open to teaming up with James for the second time in their careers, though that ultimately did not happen. But it’s clear the two are on good terms after being teammates for four seasons in Cleveland.
Jaylen Brown appeared to take aim at Kyrie Irving’s leadership when speaking on a recent podcast.
Brown was a guest on Monday’s edition of “The Woj Pod” and spent part of his interview talking about Kemba Walker, who was signed by the Boston Celtics over the offseason as a replacement for Irving.
When discussing Walker’s leadership, Brown praised Walker and contrasted it with the style of someone else. It sure sounded like Brown was talking about Irving.
This is Jaylen on Kemba Walker, tell me who this doesn’t sound like: pic.twitter.com/Prt6XJwtOF
— A.K (@Kungu_NBA) January 20, 2020
“He didn’t point fingers. He didn’t blame others,” Brown said of Walker. “He said that we’re going to be alright, we’re going to learn from this … he said things that were more uplifting.”
Without naming names, Brown then brought up a different type of response he had seen to adversity.
“Usually what you’re used to seeing, maybe somebody goes into a corner, doesn’t talk to nobody. Instead of starting to hang out with their teammates, they start to hang out with their agent, their friends, their entourage … nothing changed even though the times got more difficult. When things get a little bit difficult, that’s when you get to see somebody’s true makeup and character.”
Brown was upset with Irving last year for criticizing the Celtics’ young players after a January loss to Orlando. Over the summer, Brown seemed to enjoy someone clowning Irving on social media.
The type of behavior he described in the interview — a player going into a corner and not talking with teammates when things got difficult — sounds a lot like Irving. Given how Brown feels about Irving and how well the Celtics having played without Kyrie, it wouldn’t be a surprise if that’s exactly who Brown was talking about.
Kyrie Irving has expressed frustration with the way the media covers him on several occasions throughout his career, and the Brooklyn Nets star is once again sharing his thoughts on all the negativity surrounding him.
After the Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, Irving gave a blunt assessment of Brooklyn’s roster and basically said the team does not have enough pieces to contend for a championship. That led to headlines about Irving already being unhappy with the Nets, and the six-time All-Star made it clear on Friday that he was irritated by the coverage.
Kyrie Irving with STRONG words at practice:
"It's not like I'm an ass—- yelling at everybody in the freaking locker room all the time … If it's harsh as a leader or it's too much for anybody, you're not in our locker room—stay the f— out." pic.twitter.com/peVcXQgsun
— SNY (@SNYtv) January 17, 2020
“My name, it was given to me by my grandfather and I’m very grateful, but it’s in a lot of people’s mouths all the time,” Irving said. “It is what it is. I’ve earned that respect in terms of how great I am as a player, and there’s still goals I want to accomplish in this league. I can’t do it without improving an organization and winning a championship, and that’s what it comes down to.”
To those who claim he is too harsh as a leader, Irving bluntly said, “You’re not in our locker room, stay the f— out.”
What Irving seems to be missing is that the majority of people aren’t saying anything about him being too harsh of a leader. The actual criticism against Irving is that he is not a leader, period. We saw countless examples of that when he was with the Boston Celtics last year, and he is already causing issues in Brooklyn. The Nets knew the type of personality they were getting when they signed Irving, and he continues to prove why it can create unnecessary headaches.
- Kyrie Irving
The Brooklyn Nets have not been enjoying the type of season they were hoping for. Kevin Durant is not playing this season due to his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon. And Kyrie Irving just returned to action on Sunday after missing two months with a shoulder injury.
The Nets are 18-22 on the season and barely in the eighth spot in the East. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 117-106 on Wednesday night, and the loss had Irving being blunt about the improvements the Nets’ roster needs.
Kyrie Irving was asked after tonight’s loss to Philly about this game against a top East opponent showing how much work the Nets still have to do in order to compete at the highest level while waiting for Kevin Durant to return. Here’s Irving’s answer: pic.twitter.com/NAqA4OvQk2
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 16, 2020
Irving talking about the upgrades the Nets need to make is particularly rich coming on a night when he went 6/21 for 14 points and was a -29, which was by far the worst figure on his team.
Irving continues to show, just like he did all season with Boston last year, what an impeccable leader he is.