On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A Smith shot down the notion that Kyrie Irving was considering a move to the Lakers this summer.
“From what I’m told, it’s not going to happen. I got a text message from folks close to Kyrie’s family, within the hour, as we were teasing this subject. Quote: ‘There is no way in Hell he’s going to LA. I don’t give a damn what anybody says, knock that down for us right now, please. He ain’t going to LA.’ That’s what they say,” Stephen A. Smith relayed Monday on First Take.
This directly contradicts the report by Brian Windhorst that the door to such a reunion was getting “cracked open,” but it makes much more sense. After winning a Championship in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving left the season after because he was tired of playing in the shadow of James. In Boston, he was given his own team and a chance to prove he could be the man — he has failed so far.
Why go back to LeBron after his failure? Why not stick around and make up for a lost season with the Celtics? Why go to a Laker team clouded in dysfunction?
It all just does not make sense. Kyrie would be better off staying far away from the Lakers, as would most other stars. Him moving to Los Angeles to reunite with The King is a scenario that should stay in our heads because it sure doesn’t sound likely to become reality.