Kyrie Irving has always been doubted about his love and commitment to the game. The Brooklyn Nets guard has made it clear he will never stop playing.
Irving has missed time off for personal reasons over the years, which many don’t like. The all-star security guard sometimes took his time for no specific reason.
Last season, Irving refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine and was not eligible to play home games due to New York City’s COVID mandate. Although he was eligible to attend street games, the Nets were initially reluctant to have a part-time player.
Because of this, teams are reluctant to seek his services. He was reportedly available for a trade during the offseason, but no team other than the LA Lakers were willing to fight for him.
Irving is arguably one of the most experienced players in league history. His ball handling skills are exceptional, and perhaps even more impressive is his ability to land on the edge for his size.
In a meeting with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Irving was asked how much longer he would like to play and he said:
“I will never stop playing [basketball]. You hear me? Get this – I will never stop playing. This isn’t even a debate. It’s not a consideration.”
The former NBA champion proved that he can even play with gray hair through his alter ego “Uncle Drew”. Perhaps the all-star guard subtly informed fans that he would continue to play even after retiring from professional basketball.
Kyrie Irving says he regrets the last year
Irving’s decision not to take the COVID vaccine negatively impacted the Nets. Many believe his unavailability is one of the reasons James Harden asked to be traded.
It also affected Irving’s future in the league. He was offered a $100 million contract, but the Nets rescinded the offer over questions about his availability.
According to Friedell, Irving wishes he could have done some things differently. When asked if he had any regrets over the past year, he said:
“I would lie to you as a human [if I said I didn’t]. I think we all think about times when we could have made better decisions and times when we wished we could have done things differently, and I feel the same way about my life at times. … I really just want to play the long game and not put too much pressure on myself or the people around me.
“It’s something I have to do every day. We say it as a cliché sometimes, but no, we just let the game handle it [itself] – enjoy the season, and after that we’re going to go back and look at some of those reflection times and talk more about those things, but right now that can’t be my focus.
Irving has opted for his player option this season. Signing a new contract with a team will largely depend on how he performs this season.
The Duke product reminded the league how effective it is. He was great on both ends of the floor in preseason. The Nets start their 2022-23 season against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 19.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-i-m-never-going-stop-playing-this-even-debate-kyrie-irving-assures-plans-quit-playing-basketball-various-notable-nba-personalities-question-commitment?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I’m never going to stop playing…This is not even a debate” – Kyrie Irving assures he has no plans to quit playing basketball after various notable NBA personalities question his commitment