- Jun 14, 2013
But only if he wants to as we saw this past season which is why I hate that narrative. I'm fairly confident Kemba won't be calling for himself to switch onto Giannis if we play Milwaukee in the playoffs.Maybe it is unfair to Kyrie, but couldn't it be seen as a slight against him? Kyrie has always been considered one of the most TALENTED guys in the league, and you would think a guy so gifted would improve during his prime seasons. Yet, he is probably in the 10-15 range as far as top players in the league. I'm not sure if on a pure talent basis, Irving isn't any less talented than Damian Lillard or even James Harden, yet those guys make improvements year-to-year and certainly Harden is on a completely different level than Irving when it comes to production.
That to me, is indicative of Kyrie on the whole. Even though he is a very good player, his talent is so great that he ends up being somewhat of a disappointment despite putting up very good numbers. You even (correctly) said that Kyrie is viewed as being superior to Walker because people have the impression that he can kick it up a gear when he gets to the playoffs; isn't that kind of also saying that he isn't trying that hard during the regular season? Not to delve into sports talk radio territory, but I don't know if Kyrie has that extra bit of hustle and heart that turns talented players into great players. I don't know if the game means as much to him as it does to Lillard, Harden, Walker, etc.