Kyrie Irving continued quite a rant on Twitch following the Mavericks’ 113-106 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Irving destroyed people who thought they knew him just by watching him play basketball.
“You see me for three hours and you think you know who I am,” he said. “You see some posts: ‘Oh Ky is awake, Ky got it, oh, Ky is, oh my goodness. He just doesn’t fit into everyone’s mold. He’s different, crazy, arrogant, he’s this, he’s that .’ All from seeing me for three hours. You get all that.
“‘What will Ky do this summer? Does Ky like Dallas? What happened in Brooklyn? What happened in Boston? What happened in Cleveland? Why did you leave LeBron? [James]? Why did you leave Jayson? [Tatum]? Why did you leave KD? [Kevin Durant]? Why did you leave all these people?’
“15 guys on the team and I’m the cancer in the room. That is described as…these older, bitter gentlemen and ladies keep my name in their mouths every day”
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“For three hours — ask all these legitimate questions like 21 hours a day doesn’t happen after that. Me, you think I’m the cancer in the locker room as if basketball is an individual sport with someone to blame. It was 15 guys on the team, and I was the cancer in the room. That’s what it describes. That’s what you guys get. That’s what they enjoy doing. That is why these old, bitter gentlemen and ladies keep my name in their mouths every day.”
Irving also said that sports betting destroys the “purity” of the game.
“Gambling and sports betting has completely taken the purity and the fun out of the game at times,” he said. “I’ll just be honest with you all. Work is work, but the support around it can be distracting. “There’s a difference between being a diehard fan and supporting your team and loving your team versus someone who bets on a parlay or someone who wants to hit.”
Irving ends his rant by asking how he is free when others are not.
“How can I be free if I know that children are still working in cobalt mines in the Congo?” he said.
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