Uproar over Kyrie-Durant video shows how Kyrie Irving is playing all of us

Alex Reimer
February 20, 2019 - 11:48 am

At NBA All-Star Weekend, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant chatted outside of the locker room for approximately 24 seconds. On the surface, that seems like one of the most innocuous sentences ever written. But this is the NBA, where even emojis can spark an international incident.

Irving has been surly with the media over the last several weeks about his pending free agency, snapping at reporters that his much-discussed relationship with LeBron James is “none of their business.” That’s awfully hypocritical, considering Irving is the one who publicized his phone call with LeBron last month. King James followed that revelation up with an Instagram video set to Fetty Wap’s “Memories,” in which Irving’s handle was tagged.

It’s almost like these guys are in cahoots with each other.

That’s why it’s difficult to dismiss Irving and Durant’s brief All-Star conversation. It seems coincidental that somebody would randomly record them together, given the Kyrie-to-New York rumors. The Celtics reportedly believe conniving agent extraordinaire Rich Paul is the source behind the speculation, but Irving doesn’t seem to be shying away from the spotlight, despite what he says. He appeared to mouth “two max deals” to Durant, which is how both of them would wind up playing for the Knicks last season.

Earlier this week, the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported it wouldn’t be surprising if Irving meets with his hometown Knicks when free agency begins. 

So was the taped Irving-Durant banter an innocent chit-chat that happened to get on camera, or an orchestrated stunt to generate more buzz for the KD and Uncle Drew brands? Plus, Kyrie played 25 minutes in the All-Star Game and served up an alley-oop to LeBron.

Irving has this plot going on multiple fronts.

This is all one big game, and nobody knows how it ends –– perhaps even the antagonists themselves. 

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