The NBA is going through some dark days. Nobody truly knows whether players will show up to the Orlando bubble of if they'll decide to sit out and support the Black Lives Matter movement under Kyrie Irving's command.
That's why Kendrick Perkins took it up a notch and called out Kyrie Irving for his stance regarding the resumption of the NBA Season. According to Perkins, Irving should lead by example and do what he feels is right: retire right now as Maya Moore did a couple of years ago:
“And then I read another statement that Kyrie made saying he’s willing to give it up all. Don’t be willing. Do it. Maya Moore wasn’t willing. She did it. She walked away from the game of basketball and took this on full time. So, Kyrie, this ain’t the time to be talking about, ‘Oh I’m willing to do it.’ No, if you’re gonna make a stance, do it or don’t talk about it," Perkins told ESPN's The Jump.
Perk had already called out Irving for his stance regarding this matter. According to him, he's just not going to live by his word and is just trying to wreak havoc around the league again:
“He’s not a powerful voice; he’s a popular voice (...). Right now, all Kyrie is doing is just trying to throw a wrench in something, but he don’t have the power to do so. When you’re powerful, you actually move the needle. Kyrie is not moving the needle. All he’s doing is ruffling the feathers for no reason. The NBA is going to continue," Perkins said during an appearance in The DA Show.
Let's remember that Perkins has been off against Kyrie several times since he left the Boston Celtics so his words should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, he's got a valid point. Kyrie has already made hundreds of millions of dollars and has won almost everything a player can win in the NBA. He's also claimed that he doesn't want to be around the league for many more years. If anyone can retire early and just do whatever he wants, that's definitely Kyrie.