Stephen A. Smith has indeed been very hard on Kyrie Irving throughout this entire NBA season. The reason for this is the fact that Kyrie did not take the vaccine and because of that, he wasn’t able to be there for his teammates during home games.
While Kyrie was out of the lineup for most of the time, the Nets have started lagging behind in the Eastern Conference standings, and they are now 10th, which implies they are the final play-in team.
The Nets will have to win two play-in games, in order to make it to the play-offs. This is not going to be an easy task for them. The East is extraordinarily tight right now and several teams have shown that they can compete against the Nets, even with Kyrie and Kevin Durant in the lineup at the same time.
Today, on First Take, Smith was talking about the Nets with Magic Johnson and that’s when he blamed Kyrie for the team’s current situation. According to Smith, Kyrie has put his teammates in a bad spot by being selfish and now the entire team is paying the price.
Magin Johnson agreed with Smith noting that Kyrie is the team’s point guard and they need him as a leader. Of course, if Kyrie helps the team to win a championship, there won’t be any criticism left.
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