Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons could learn thing or two from Hawks’ Kevin Huerter
If there’s one thing that’s as sure as the sun rising tomorrow, it’s the fact that a day feels absolutely empty without reading about Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Both of them were once hailed as among the best guards in the NBA, but now, it truly feels like they’re both considered pariahs.
Irving can’t join the Brooklyn Nets because of his adamant refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while Simmons is still at odds with the Philadelphia 76ers for his adamant refusal to be a good teammate.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s Atlanta Hawks forward Kevin Huerter, who worked his way to earn a much-deserved $65 million extension. It’s far from the lucrative contracts of Irving and Simmons, but Huerter knows how to put things in perspective (via NBA on ESPN).
“The NBA does a good job of making $100 million seem like not a lot of money. To the rest of the world, my friends, my peers, my family, even $1 million is a lot of money. I tried to keep that in perspective throughout the whole thing. It’s life-changing money.”
Despite earning a huge amount of moolah, Irving and Simmons continue to refuse to do their job. To most guys in the fringes of the NBA, just getting signed to a team is already life-altering. It’s not preposterous to believe that the positions of Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons are too privileged and entitled.
Kevin Huerter’s hard work has earned him success with the Hawks. His shooting, versatility, and basketball IQ are huge assets. But it seems his self-awareness is his best quality.