Far-Fetched Friday: Kyrie Irving to Retire Soon

10/20/2021

Kyrie Irving has made headlines for a lot of reasons over the past year, but in the last few weeks is where he's looked closest to making the decision to never play basketball again. First were the rumors that if traded, he would simply retire. Then came the news that he would not be taking on the vaccine, even if it meant he would not play basketball all season. It seems like we are inching closer and closer to a Kyrie Irving retirement.

Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we look at the Brooklyn Nets and Mr. Irving.

I don't know what Kyrie Irving is thinking, but his actions are starting to suggest he does not enjoy playing basketball all that much. First, he refused to participate in the bubble for a variety of reasons, including social justice and concerns he had about player safety as the NBA was rushing players back into competition in the midst of a pandemic. And now, that same player who expressed concerns that the NBA was not doing enough about player safety is turning around and will not be taking the vaccine, something that is entirely about player safety. The decision is a bit of a contradiction, but at the end of the day, it is yet another reason he won't be playing basketball.

This prediction is not to say that Kyrie Irving should or should not be playing basketball; that is his business altogether. But for someone who has been a contrarian his whole career, sometimes for reasons that contradict themselves, there is no more shocking move against the grain than calling it quits and never dribbling a basketball professionally again. This year he is about to embark on without playing basketball may show him he has other interests in life and does not really love the game anymore. And there is nothing wrong with that. He has done wonderful things off the court like buying a house for the family of George Floyd, and giving 1.5 million of his own money to help cover salaries for WNBA players. 

My prediction is that kyrie Irving will retire before he dribbles another basketball in an NBA game.


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