Beck: Kyrie Has Shown He's Not A Good Leader

The Nets reportedly want Kyrie Irving, but there's a catch

The DA Show
June 24, 2019 - 1:16 pm

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly interested in signing Kyrie Irving, but there’s a catch: they want Irving as part of a two-star package, not a solo act.


Given that the Nets haven’t won even 50 games since 2002, wouldn’t it be difficult for them to pass on Irving regardless? Especially if he wants to play in Brooklyn?

“I think it would be difficult do do that, but I also think that Kyrie comes with some caveats,” Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Howard Beck said on The DA Show. “This is not a clean transaction when you decide to make Kyrie Irving the face of your franchise. If he’s the linchpin to Kevin Durant, then by all means, sign Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant together, if that’s what it takes to get Kevin Durant. It’s not to say that’s the only reason to sign him. It’s just that Kyrie Irving by himself has already shown us that’s not a great path forward for your franchise.”

Beck, in fact, wrote a column two years ago after Irving was traded to the Celtics, explaining that there were concerns about Irving as a leader.

“You’d hear from people in Cleveland – very definitively – he was moody, he was a little difficult, obviously some selfish streaks on offense, obviously some flakiness on defense, and he just wasn’t viewed as necessarily a great playmaker or a dedicated playmaker and leader,” Beck recalled. “Lo and behold, here we are two years later, and the Celtics are saying see you later, or he’s saying see you later to them, or it’s mutual – whatever. But clearly they had a difficult time this season. Their chemistry was screwy. It’s not all on Kyrie Irving, but the questions about his leadership suddenly are paramount.”

The Nets, by the way, are coming off their first winning season (42-20) since 2014 and have a point guard in D’Angelo Russell who led the team in scoring (21.1 points per game), assists (7.0) and steals (1.2). Russell, 23, is also four years younger than Irving, 27.

“If you’re the Brooklyn Nets and you have D’Angelo Russell, who just kind of blossomed finally on your watch and who also had some character concerns and personality concerns, are you flipping him for a more talented but also more fraught version?” Beck asked. “That’s the concern.”