Even without Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets had grand expectations for this season. With their revamped roster, they were hoping to build on last seasons success behind the leadership of Kyrie Irving.
Unfortunately, things have been kind of murky for the team. An underwhelming performance on the court may stem from what's going on in the locker room, where Stephen A. Smith says there have been concerns.
"I will tell you this, I am not hearing good things about Kyrie in Brooklyn. You're hearing about his mood; people are putting things out there. I'm telling you there's stuff circulating out there about him from an attitude perspective."
Kyrie doesn't exactly have a glowing reputation. In Cleveland, the young point guard was apparently resenting living in the shadow of LeBron. He forced his way out just a season after winning the Championship. In Boston, he routinely called out his younger teammates publicly and would often go on "mood swings" that would affect his interaction with the team. After promising to re-sign, he ended up leaving in free-agency just months later.
It's still early in Brooklyn, and things could very well turn around before the end of the season. But if Stephen A.'s report is any indication of what's to come, it could spell bad news for the Nets.