DeAndre Jordan is among the many Brooklyn Nets thinking Kyrie Irving unfairly gets a bad rap. Irving has been the cause of criticism for quite a while now, but the fingers were never pointed at him more strongly than they were during his last season with the Boston Celtics, where his reported mood swings and poor attitude allegedly dislocated a veteran locker room.
“I think he gets an unfair judgment before people even know him,” said Jordan, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews. “That's the thing, you have to get to know Ky. Ky is very complex, but he is also a very caring, loving guy. He talks to my son every day. He don't have to do that.”
Irving has been often label as “misunderstood,” yet many wonder if the fuss is a byproduct of a tough situation in 2018-19 or simply who Irving is as a leader of a locker room.
The 27-year-old point guard was dealing with the loss of his grandfather, a family member he was truly close to — and he noted his introvert nature forced him to go into a shell and become more reserved than he usually is.
Irving has also received criticism for being injury-prone, as his latest two-month absence frustrated Nets fans hoping to see at least one of the two superstars they signed in the summer out on the floor. Irving returned on Sunday, posting 21 points in 20 minutes and shooting 10-of-11 from the floor, a sign he's feeling well enough to pick up where he left off.