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NBA Rumors: Nets "Concerned" About Kyrie Irving's Mood Swings

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

Kyrie Irving is an upgrade over D'Angelo Russell, that much is certain. But at what point are the theatrics too much for the talent?

In Cleveland, Irving left a mess behind him as he forced his way out of the LeBron-led Cavs. In Boston, he routinely called out his younger teammates and was distant from the franchise until he left a year after saying he wanted to stay long-term.

With a track record like that, it's hard to say Brooklyn wasn't warned of these dramatics before they signed him. Today, we are hearing it become an increasing concern for the team.

(via ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan)

Irving's infamous mood swings, confirmed by his ex-teammates, which followed him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn, are the unspoken concern that makes Nets officials queasy. When Irving lapses into these funks, he often shuts down, unwilling to communicate with the coaching staff, front office and sometimes, even his teammates. Nets team sources say one such episode occurred during Brooklyn's trip to China, leaving everyone scratching their heads as to what precipitated it. There's hope that Durant will be able to coax his friend into a better frame of mind. But when presented with that scenario, KD says he will be hands off.

The problem is, Durant isn't necessarily concerned, citing Kyrie as an "artist" who you have to leave alone sometimes.

"I look at Kyrie as somebody who is an artist," Durant says. "You have to leave him alone. You know what he'll bring to the table every night because he cares so much about the game.

"Now, it might not be how other people want him to care about it. He has his way of doing things. I respect who he is and what he does. He has all the intangibles you want in a teammate and a great player. So, how he gets to the point to be ready for 7:30 every night, I'm supporting him 100 percent."

The team is obviously confused about Kyrie's behavior. Is this something they address? Is this something they get used to and let play out?

The Nets are currently 1-2, with almost all of their games being within 5 points or less. While Kyrie is their best player, the team needs to be on the same page if they ever want to take charge of the East going forward.

Managing Uncle Drew's mood swings is a necessary step.