On Tuesday, longtime ESPN analyst Jackie MacMullen reported that Brooklyn Nets’ free-agent acquisition Kyrie Irving “mood swings” are already making for an unsettling situation in Brooklyn.
During the article, MacMullen writes, “When Irving lapses into these funks, he often shuts down, unwilling to communicate with the coaching staff, front office and, sometimes, even his teammates. Nets team sources say one such episode occurred during Brooklyn’s trip to China, leaving everyone scratching their heads as to what precipitated it.”
The text sparked a response from retired NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, who took to Twitter and decided to troll Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant. By questioning KD’s decision to leave Golden State and team up in Brooklyn with Irving, McNabb managed to draw a response from the superstar.
Via Twitter Durant responded, “Relax mcnabb”.
It’s uncertain how much depth there is to the statement reported by MacMullen. Wednesday, the Nets organization came to Irving’s defense. Deandre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, and coach Kenny Atkinson denied the claim.
“That is completely false,” Atkinson said according to CBS Sports. “Strictly speaking in my observation and my experience with him so far, it’s absolutely not true. I’d say I’m the moody one. I really am. I hate to [say it]: I’m cranky, and I have my ups and downs. So if there’s just natural human behavior where guys are up and down, that’s different, but from my perspective, I just give Kyrie an A-plus on his consistency and his spirit. It’s been great.”
Reports suggest that Irving’s behavior and ego led to an unsavory environment during his tenure with the Boston Celtics, and date back to his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, with his third franchise, it’s certain that Kyrie’s personality may be too abrasive for some. As the All-Star guard clearly has a tendency to rub teammates and front office executives the wrong way.