It is official; Kyrie Irving is a Boston Celtic.
After 3 straight NBA Finals, and winning one championship, while playing alongside Lebron James, Kyrie Irving asked the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade.
There is a famous quote that says “fortune favors the bold.” There is another famous quote that says “with no risk there can be no reward.”
Well, Kyrie Irving took a risk — and with it a handsome payoff.
When I heard Kyrie wanted a trade my reaction was to call him an idiot. My reasoning: he is asking to leave a team that has the best player in the world and he has no control over where he can go. He isn’t a free agent so the Cavs can trade him anywhere they want. He could have easily found himself on a team at the bottom of their conference.
However, I was not expecting this. I was not expecting the Boston Celtics to trade their best player in Isaiah Thomas after having such a successful offseason acquiring Gordon Hayward in Free Agency and drafting Jayson Tatum of the Duke Blue Devils, who showed that he has the potential to be a stud with his play in the summer league.
Danny Ainge, the General Manager of the Boston Celtics, has over the last couple years built a reputation on being patient and waiting for the right move before pulling the trigger. It seems what he calls patience the city of Boston may have been calling plain old slow. Well, Danny put all of that to silence with this move. According to Gary Washburn of the the Boston Globe, Ainge and, as a result, the Celtics were going to have to be patient a little longer “unless there is a deal where the organization can skip steps.”
I think Boston should be ecstatic at this turn of events. If this isn’t skipping steps, I am not sure what is.
Now, Kyrie has an interesting opportunity. There is no question that Kyrie Irving is an elite offensive force. Averaging almost 26 points and a little more than 5 assists per game in 2016-2017 season, according to NBA.com, we know what he can do with the basketball is nothing short of amazing. What we aren’t certain about is his ability to lead. We aren’t certain about his ability to make people around him better.
I respect Kyrie for taking this step. Playing with the best player in the world doesn’t come around and often and for most I think it would be easy to get comfortable; to get satisfied knowing that every year with Lebron you are likely going to play for a championship.
But Kyrie isn’t most. He sees what James Harden is doing for the Houston Rockets; he also sees what the reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, is doing for the Oklahoma City Thunder; he sees what Isaiah Thomas did last season, the man he was traded for, and he is saying, “I can do that. I want to do that.”
He wants to be considered for MVPs, scoring titles, and all the individual accolades that come with leading your franchise. Some may call him selfish; I say, “get your money, bro!”
So now as we await the start of the 2017-2018 season, I am sure Kyrie is preparing hisself mentally and emotionally for the next part of his journey. He took his shot and got what he asked for. It is almost time for him to show us, and more importantly himself, what he is made of.
I, for one, am excited to see what he makes of this opportunity.
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