Stephen A. Smith: Kyrie Irving should retire from basketball

Stephen A. Smith: Kyrie Irving should retire from basketball

Stephen
A.
Smith
believes
Kyrie
Irving
should
retire
from
basketball.

The
ESPN
hot-take
artist
thinks

Irving’s
personal
leave
of
absence

is
proof
his
heart
isn’t
into
the
game
and
he
owes
it
to
fans,
the
Nets
organization
and
his
teammates
to
step
away.

“He’s
not
worth
[the
drama]
at
all,”
Smith
said
on
the
network
on
Wednesday.
“Matter
of
fact,
let
me
say
this
straight
up
and
down:
I
think
Kyrie
Irving
should
retire.
I
think
he
should
announce
his
retirement
today.
Clearly,
you
don’t
want
to
play
basketball
bad
enough.”

The
28-year-old
Irving
will
miss
his
fifth
straight
game
when
the
Nets
take
on
the
Knicks
Wednesday
night
at
the
Garden.
His
absence
is
believed
to
be
because
he
is
upset
over
the
US
Capitol
riot.
But
on
Monday
night,

a
video
surfaced
of
a
maskless
Irving

at
what
appeared
to
be
a
family
birthday
party.

While
the
video
was
not
dated,
his
father,
Drederick,
turned
55
on
Monday
and
sister,
Asia,
turned
30
on
Tuesday.
Then,
on
Tuesday,
Irving

was
spotted
in
a
video-call
launch
party

for
Tahanie
Aboushi,
a
Democratic
candidate
for
Manhattan
district
attorney.

“Kyrie
Irving
has
not
prioritized
basketball,
but
I’m
not
saying
he
doesn’t
want
to
play
all
together,”
Smith
said.
“I’m
saying
he
hasn’t
prioritized
it,
and
how
fair
was
that
to
Brooklyn
Nets?
How
fair
is
that
to
Sean
Marks?
How
fair
is
that
to
Steve
Nash

a
coach
that
he
endorsed
bringing
on
board,
a
coach
that
he
wanted,
a
coach
that
he
fully
supported?
How
fair
is
that
to
his
brotha,
Kevin
Durant?”

Stephen A. Smith, Kyrie Irving
Stephen
A.
Smith,
Kyrie
Irving

Getty
Images

Smith
commended
Irving
for
his
good
work
off
the
court,
but
also
noted
that
he
could
do
those
things
while
still
playing.

“Here’s
the
problem
that
I
have:
He
acts
like
he
can’t
chew
gum
and
walk
at
the
same
time,”
Smith
said.


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