NBA descends on Kyrie Irving nets for trade with fan


Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is no stranger to crowd interactions with hecklers. So it’s no surprise that in the Nets’ recent loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he responded to some fans taunting him during the game. While it’s unclear what fans were yelling at Irving, it was something that bothered the Nets point guard. Enough that he feels the need to address them mid-game to remind them of all he has done for the city.

“You all have a championship, and you m************ still ungrateful,” Irving said of the loss.

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Per NBA guidelines, Irving was fined $25,000 for directing obscene language at these fans.

Irving is no stranger to paying fines for his actions on or off the field. Last season, he was recorded as having paid around $1.7 million in fines, the most among NBA players in the 2020-21 season. While the number of fines he paid were primarily due to his violation of league health and safety protocols, several other infractions were due to ejections and technical fouls.

The Nets as a whole have been caught repeatedly violating league policies and received multiple infractions because of it. With Irving’s continued denial of the vaccine, he is forced to pay $381,181 for every game he misses. With its final $25,000 penalty, plus Kevin Durant’s $15,000 fine for a recent NSFW outburst at a postgame press conference, the Nets have paid the second-most team fines, sitting only behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

Durant’s story of hefty fines can go back even further than Kyrie’s. In 2018, while still with the Golden State Warriors, Durant sat down with Yahoo Sports’ Chris B. Haynes after a game against the Dallas Mavericks where he told a fan to “Shut the shit up and watch the f****** Game”. He was fined $25,000 midway through the interview.

“Grown men can’t come to a game and heckle grown men,” Durant told Haynes of player-fan interactions. “It’s corny who is weak. You come in a game to heckle another grown man, ‘you soft’, ‘you weak’, Draymond this, Draymond that, ‘you’re ab—-,’ [and] you gonna sleep like an adult doing this to another person? »

LaMarcus Aldridge praises Kyrie

With Durant expected to miss 4-6 weeks of playing time with an MCL sprain, the Nets have been looking to their reserves to support a heavier workload in his absence. The Brooklyn bench showed they are more than capable of defending themselves in their win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Patty Mills shot 5/7 from beyond the arc to score 17 points while LaMarcus Aldridge, scored 27 from the bench and shot 73% from the field. Irving still finding his role in the Nets offense, most expected Brooklyn to go through a period of adjustment. But when asked about bringing Irving back into the lineup, Aldridge had nothing but good things to say.

“It was fun. He makes plays where you look and you’re like ‘Man’, you’re glad he’s on your team,” Aldridge said of Irving per SNY.

Irving will look to continue making an impact on the team in the Nets’ next game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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