Kyrie Irving has first world NBA problems
Coming off his third straight Finals appearance with the Cavs, the news of Kyrie Irving’s demand to be traded from Cleveland was a shocker that sent the NBA gossip mill into overdrive. According to reports, Irving is not content playing second fiddle to LeBron any longer, and seeks a trade to a destination where he’ll be the unquestioned #1.
Today, Colin pointed out that the problems Irving is citing as reasons for wanting to leave Cleveland aren’t really problems at all. Most NBA players would kill to have them.
On the court, Irving is never guarded by the other team’s best defender, and never has any responsibility to guard the other team’s best player when needed. Last season, he took more shots than LeBron, too. If he gets his wish, he’ll have the target on his back every night.
Also, if Irving thinks LeBron has too much power within the Cavs organization, he won’t have any more influence if he’s traded to San Antonio and Gregg Popovich, or Miami and Pat Riley.
Off the court, LeBron has been the focal point of media coverage, and scrutiny, and Irving has been allowed to exist in the background. If he lands in New York, for example, he’ll be front and center answering questions about that mess of situation in a hyper aggressive media market.
Either way, the situation Kyrie views as untenable is as good as it can get for most. Kyrie will never have it as good as he does now, he just can’t see it.
“Kyrie Irving has first world problems.”
The Colts should sit down Andrew Luck for the season if he’s not 100%
Today, the Colts announced franchise quarterback Andrew Luck will start training camp on the PUP list. It’s a precautionary measure as Luck continues to recover from shoulder surgery and begins throwing a ball for the first time in six months.
GM Chris Ballard was upbeat about the prospects of Luck’s recovery in time for the season, but Colin thinks if Luck is anything less than 100%, the Colts should sit him down for the year to allow him to fully recover.
Colin thinks that Ballard is a competent exec, but the Colts have a significant rebuild ahead before they can seriously think about winning in the playoffs, with or without Luck. Luck will likely have a shortened career thanks to the beating he’s taken while carrying the franchise at the beginning of his career, there’s no reason for Andrew Luck to play this season if there is anything less than fully recovered.
Kenny Rhoda – Cleveland sports radio host of the Kenny and JT Show joins the show to discuss Kyrie Irving trade demands; the perception in Cleveland; and which teams could give Cleveland the best deal.
Alexi Lalas – FS1 Soccer Analyst is in-studio talking Gold Cup; what winning it would mean for the U.S.; and his expectations for the World Cup if the USMNT qualifies.
Daniel Cormier – UFC light heavyweight champion is in-studio to discuss his long awaited fight with Jon Jones at UFC 214; and why he thinks Conor McGregor can at least compete against Floyd Mayweather.
Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio to talk Kyrie Irving trade scenarios and why Boston should make a play for Irving.