Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been everything Brooklyn Nets could’ve possible asked for. And after trading for James Harden, Brooklyn has raced out to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Despite that, the Nets are once again sharing the media spotlight with the New York Knicks, who are riding Julius Randle to their best record in years.
While the Knicks did make a run at KD and Kyrie, they were ultimately won over by Brooklyn’s promise, largely due to a childhood Nets fan in Irving convincing Durant to join him. The rejection hurt the Knicks even though they added budding star in Randle.
Noted Knicks fan Stephen A. Smith appears to be too emotionally affected by Brooklyn swiping up these two stars after he used one of his “First Take” segments on Monday morning to throw shade at Irving and Durant for playing in black and white instead of blue and orange.
Almost two full years to the day Durant and Irving decided to come to the Nets, ESPN is still trying to analyze their decision to choose Brooklyn over the Knicks, saying that Durant and Irving will regret playing for the Nets. Can ESPN just give up on this theory once and for all?
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are fine with picking the Brooklyn Nets.
Durant, who has openly said that he doesn’t think that the Knicks are “cool” after largely joining Brooklyn at the behest of Irving, has been sidelined by injuries for large chunks of the season, but when he has been on the floor, he looks exactly like the superstar we saw in Oklahoma City and Golden State.
Smith is not one Knicks fan going rogue, as even with their success, the MSG faithful appear to be jealous of the fact that the crosstown rivals wooed the big superstars over them.
Can you just let this go already? You won the Kristaps Porzingis trade, you hired a great coach in Tom Thibodeau, Randle is evolving into a superstar before our very eyes, and you have a great young core centered around an improving RJ Barrett. Can’t you hype that up instead of trying to take shots at the Nets?
The Knicks are good and enjoyable for the first time in the decade, and instead of reveling in that success, media members like Smith seem to be concerned with what transpired two years ago. Durant and Irving are very much at peace with their decision to choose Brooklyn, and it’s translated into wins on the court.
We really don’t want to hear more about this after the Nets steamroll the Knicks if the two were to meet in the postseason.