Overall, Kyrie Irving is one of the most hated players in the NBA. Although the criticisms against Kyrie are not always fair, there are certainly some valid critiques out there. For instance, Irving is someone who is very rarely available for his teams. Furthermore, he had a difficult time fitting in with teams like the Celtics and Nets. Now, he is on the Dallas Mavericks, and a lot of people are watching Irving closely. They want him to succeed, however, the chance of failure here is quite large.
That said, Kyrie Irving has always been hyper-aware of the criticisms that exist out there. Overall, he is very active on social media, and he remains tapped into the discourse. Last night, Kyrie decided to hop on Twitch where he clapped back at his critics. Mostly, he spoke to those who call him a locker room cancer. Irving believes this assessment of him is completely unfair. Furthermore, he thinks that people only criticize him because they are bitter and that it brings them more clicks.
Kyrie Irving Speaks
"'What's Ky gonna do this summer? Does Ky like Dallas? What happened in Brooklyn, what happened in Boston? What happened in Cleveland?,'" Kyrie said mockingly. "'Why did you leave LeBron? ... Why did you leave all of these people?' ... Me, you would think I'm the cancer in the locker room, as if basketball is an individual sport that one person is supposed to take blame for. It's 15 guys on the team, and I'm the one cancer in the room? That's what it's portrayed as, that's what you guys get that's what they have fun doing. That's why these older, bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day."
Kyrie and the media have always seemingly had an adversarial relationship. Following these latest comments, that probably will not change. Overall, the media does not like to be called out like this. On the flipside, Kyrie does not like to be criticized in any capacity. Put these two dichotomies together and you have a real beef brewing. Let us know whose side you are on here, down in the comments section below.