On Thursday, Kyrie Irving and the Nets were each fined $25,000 after Irving elected to communicate with the media through a written statement as opposed to appearing on a Zoom call with reporters. If you thought that Irving would respond to the fine by quoting Malcolm X and claiming that his attention is worth more than the time it takes to talk to pawns, you may go and collect your prize:
This season, Irving will have his greatest share of the spotlight since at least his days with LeBron James in Cleveland. Irving played in the New York media market last season, but the Nets may be a legitimate championship contender this year, especially with the return of Kevin Durant.
It will be interesting to see how long Irving carries on this charade — at some point the fines are going to pile up, and he’s going to have a difficult decision to make.