Kyrie Irving is one of the most talented players in NBA history.
But as good as he is on the court, some of his off-court actions have made him enemies in the NBA media.
Notably, he got into a never-ending feud with Stephen A. Smith, with the two shooting each other multiple times.
Which is why Kyrie apparently wanted to end the cycle by letting Smith know he didn’t want him talking about him at all, plain and simple.
.@stephenasmith reacts to Kyrie’s recent comments about him in free agency 👀
“Respectfully, to Kyrie Irving, who doesn’t want us to talk about him, don’t play basketball. We’re talking about basketball. … Only he seems like someone who would take offense to that.” pic.twitter.com/jCh7z9at6b
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 26, 2023
Smith responded by telling him to stop playing basketball, because he was going to talk about hoops and he was a basketball player.
Needless to say, NBA fans had a lot to say about it, with most of them calling out Smith for making it personal.
Keep your name out of your mouth 🤡
– We deserve reparations, release John majors (@Bellstringer42) May 26, 2023
Stephen A is getting worse day by day, make JJ Reddick the lead on this show
— Zeus (@notrllyZeus) May 26, 2023
You’re just talkin’ drama, we still in the playoffs, don’t give a fuck about free agency right now
— 🦁$IMB2A🏴☠️ (@GALSENFREAK91) May 26, 2023
Everything about this clip was fine until he made it personal 🤦🏿♂️ AS USUAL
— Pisces King 👑 🦈 ♓️ (@the_holloway) May 26, 2023
Smith claims he was only talking about Kyrie Irving because of him being at a Los Angeles Lakers game, adding that Irving’s free agency could shift the balance of power in the league and even praising him for to be a smart, good person and an elite basketball player. player.
Irving was often a talking point in NBA circles, and he never did anything to prevent it, often being embroiled in controversy.
However, Smith has a long history of somewhat controversial takes, and he’s openly admitted that he’s had personal issues with Kyrie and her dad in the past, so fans might not want to listen to him talk about Kyrie anymore after all. what they were. through over the past two years.
Stephen A. Smith Reacts to Kyrie Irving’s Free Agency Comments