Kyrie Irving appreciates Kobe Bryant’s recent analysis of his game

Nick Friar
April 24, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Kyrie Irving has previously stated he sought out Kobe Bryant’s advice regarding his career, particularly when he was rumored to be in a deal that would have sent him to Phoenix from Cleveland. Like many around the game, Irving respects the future Basketball Hall of Famer’s opinion, which is why it was easy for Irving to accept Bryant’s recent breakdown of his play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers on ESPN.com’s series Detail.

In a sample of this subscription-based web series, Bryant discussed a situation where Irving was caught under the basket in Game 3:

Irving expressed his appreciation for Bryant’s analysis at Wednesday’s Celtics practice, but it wasn’t solely because Irving felt it could help his game. He thought Bryant’s delivery could help educate the masses.

“I think it’s a very unique observation because of how special he is as a human being, first and foremost, and then as a basketball player,” Irving said. “He’s been on the highest of stages, asked to do a lot. So he understands what it takes for spacing, possession-by-possession games, little things in order to be more efficient out there with his movements. So I was just truly appreciative that he gave that to not only myself but to the fans.

“Not a lot of people see the game like that. Most people study analytics or just dive too much into the game of basketball. Not many people can understand the language of it when high-level basketball players speak it. And I think that he did a great job to try to make it as fundamental as possible.”

If Irving plans to put Bryant’s words into practice he could see his rebound total increase against the Bucks. With the way the ball was tipped around down low in the first round and the high volume of outside shots taken in today’s game, it’s a wonder how no one else could pick up what Bryant saw. To Irving’s point, the Lakers legend makes it sound so simple.

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