Kyrie Irving Rips Critics in Lengthy Rant After Dallas Defeat to Pelicans

Kyrie Irving Rips Critics in Lengthy Rant After Dallas Defeat to Pelicans

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM
  • Kyrie Irving has blasted the media and his critics, saying they don't know him
  • The Dallas Mavericks star rebuked critics who said he is a "cancer"
  • Irving has stolen headlines in the last few seasons and has always received widespread criticism from the fans and media

Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving took to Twitch to chastise critics and fans after they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Irving has been in the spotlight several times this season for different reasons.

Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericiks, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Jason Kidd
Kyrie Irving #2 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to a fan during the second quarter of an NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo by Sean Gardner.
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Since joining the Nets in 2019, Irving has made headline after headline. He played only 143 of the Nets' 277 regular season games. In the 2021/22 season, he played just 29 games due to his vaccination stance.

In November last year, he was suspended for five games without pay after he posted a link to a documentary with anti-Semitic themes. He refused to apologize and ended up missing eight more games, per the Athletic.

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Irving blasts media, fans

The 30-year-old scored 27 points for Dallas but lost 113-106 to the Pelicans. After the game, he did not hold back against his critics.

"Me, you would think I'm the cancer in the locker room, as if basketball is an individual sport that one person is supposed to take blame for,'' Irving said. "It's 15 guys on the team, and I'm the one cancer in the room? That's what it's portrayed as, that's what you guys get that's what they have fun doing. That's why these older, bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day," via SI.

The 2016 NBA champion has made a decent start to his Dallas career. The Mavericks are 8th in the West with a 34-33 record.

The 8x All-Star is in the final year of a deal that pays him $36.9 million. Irving is eligible to sign a two-year, $78.6 million extension with Dallas until June 30, per ESPN.

Durant explains Big 3 failure

Sports Brief recently reported on Kevin Durant getting emotional while discussing his stint with Brooklyn.

He spoke about his time with the Nets and why the Big 3 failed to deliver the results so many were expecting.

He said they needed more time on the court, with Kevin Durant, Irving, and James Harden playing 16 games together. The farthest they got was the semi-final in the Eastern Conference.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.