Kyrie Irving shot out again at a media member this week, unleashing a flurry of rhetorical questions when the media member asked about a video that surfaced that appeared to show Irving discussing future free agency with Kevin Durant.
The video was filmed in a hallway at the All-Star Game and captured a private conversation between Irving and Durant. During the scrum, the media member tried to give Irving a chance to downplay the fan theories that were popping up around it (the biggest theory being that Irving was trying to convince Durant to sign with him for the Knicks when they both became free agents). Irving was asked if he cared to “pour water” on the rumors.
Irving did not care to pour water. What he did care to do was ask about 75 rhetorical questions about private life, the trappings of fame, the reality of internet culture, the pursuit of clicks, what video means, etc. etc.
If you care to wade through it, the entire conversation is here:
I’ll admit, when I first read this, I found myself empathizing with Irving. It must be exhausting to be famous, I found myself thinking upon reading his response. Having every word analyzed, every private conversation broken down by fans who are desperate to see what you do next, has to be taxing.
Then I took a moment, and realized: Wait, what Irving is saying doesn’t make any sense.
I can empathize with Irving over the frustrations that come with fame, but that doesn’t make his rant logical. Irving was caught discussing a possible free agent future with Kevin Durant. He was stupid to get caught doing this, mostly because he chose a hallway at the NBA All-Star Game to have this conversation, and not, you know, like a phone call in the privacy of his home. Cameras were around. I feel for him, but also, does he know how the NBA works?
Irving is like a 10th grader about to get a C- in debate class: When he gets a question he doesn’t like, he throws out a lot of big sounding questions to try and put the other person on the defensive.
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At the end, Kyrie fans will say he “owned” the interviewer or whatever, but did he? I mean, I guess he asked a lot of deep sounding things, but he comes across as the kid who gets his hand caught in the cookie jar and shoots back “Well, a confluence of a millennia of discrete actions brought me into existence and then to this moment, and resulted in me here wanting these cookies, and are you trying to DENY SCIENCE AND HISTORY? DID YOU EVER THINK ABOUT IF A COOKIE WANTS TO BE EATEN? HUH?”
Like, my dude, you got caught talking about joining the Knicks with Kevin Durant. That’s fine. Play it off as a private conversation, and keep it moving. We’d have forgotten about it in an hour. We’ll still forget about it in an hour. It’s not that big a deal. If you want to sign with the Knicks in free agency, that’s your choice to do so.
The irony also isn’t lost on me that Irving is angry here about the trappings of fame, but is giving his interview while wearing an Uncle Drew hat, i.e. a piece of marketing material for the upcoming film he made based off his Pepsi commercial for which he was paid handsomely. Fame isn’t all that bad, Kyrie, clearly.