Did an exhausted Kyrie Irving just hint at retirement after Nets’ 2020-21 playoff run?
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving isn’t exactly the most well-loved personality in the NBA right now. This might be of his own doing too, considering how his bigger-than-basketball attitude has been heavily criticized by more than a few folks.
It looks like Kyrie has come to a point that he’s become disenchanted with playing the game, and his recent comments about Brooklyn’s upcoming playoff run could be a cause for concern (h/t Matt Brooks of Nets Daily):
“I just want to enjoy the ride,” Irving said. “I just want to enjoy it as if it’s my last.”
It’s totally possible that we’re reading too much into his statement here, but once you try and put the pieces together, it does seem that Irving could have possibly hinted at retirement just now.
For what it’s worth, Irving is just 29 and is on his 10th season in the NBA. He still has a ton of elite basketball ahead of him, so it would be an absolute shame if he decides to call it quits at this point in his career.
Then again, there’s no telling what’s going on in Kyrie’s mind. He’s missed several games this season for personal reasons, with many saying that this was all in line with the seven-time All-Star trying to get his mental state “back in the game.”
Whatever the case may be, a lot will certainly be riding for the Nets in the playoffs. They are the heavy favorites to go all the way this season, and anything less than a championship will be a disappointment for them.