Kyrie Irving felt ‘disrespected’ by Nets earlier than Mavericks commerce
When it got here to Kyrie Irving forcing his approach out of Brooklyn, the now former Web stated he needed to be someplace he felt “celebrated” relatively than “tolerated.”
Irving met with the media Tuesday for the primary time since being traded to the Mavericks on Sunday.
“I simply know I wanna be locations the place I’m celebrated and never simply tolerated or simply handled in a approach that doesn’t make me really feel revered,” Irving stated. “There have been instances all through this course of after I was in Brooklyn the place I felt very disrespected.
“I work extraordinarily laborious at what I do. Nobody ever talks about my work ethic, although. Everybody talks about what I’m doing off the ground.”
Off the ground is the place Irving received himself into sizzling water, although, be it together with his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which meant he wasn’t accessible for 35 Nets dwelling video games final season, or together with his endorsement of an anti-Semitic movie this season and subsequent preliminary obstinance towards an apology afterward that finally led to a suspension.
Requested what particularly the Nets did to make him really feel the way in which he did, Irving declined to say.
“That’s one other day the place I might actually go into element about it,” he stated.
Finally the Nets determined they’d heard sufficient and that Irving wasn’t well worth the hassle, regardless of his averaging 27.1 factors, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season. After Irving demanded final week to be dealt by the Feb. 9 deadline or he’d stroll in free company this summer time, Brooklyn shipped the eight-time All-Star, together with veteran large man Markieff Morris, to the Mavericks for guard Spencer Dinwiddie, ahead Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round choose and 2027 and 2029 second-rounders.
Irving’s three-plus-year Nets profession lasted simply 143 out of a doable 278 video games.
He added that whereas he didn’t really feel the group revered him, he doesn’t maintain something in opposition to anybody there, citing shut relationships he stated he nonetheless maintains with folks from earlier groups in Cleveland and Boston.
“I would like wholesome boundaries,” Irving stated. “There’s plenty of disrespect that goes on with folks’s households, with their names. … It’s nothing private in opposition to any of these guys within the entrance workplace, it’s simply what I’m prepared to just accept.”