Kyrie Irving had a rough go at life with the Boston Celtics, but will his transition to the Brooklyn Nets be a smooth one?
NBC Sports Boston's Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg were joined by Nets beat writer Brian Lewis of the New York Post to discuss Irving's move to Brooklyn on this week's episode of the "Celtics Talk" podcast. Lewis believes Irving will a better fit with his new team because he's been welcomed wholeheartedly, but things could change quickly if Irving's attitude gets in the way.
"Well, I mean by all accounts they've welcomed him with open arms," Lewis said. "Now, you know, that remains to be seen how long that continues, what happens if somebody doesn't get him the ball at the end of the game and misses a last-second shot and he looks sideways at him. We'll see. We'll see how long this lasts. But it looks like they've welcomed him with open arms."
Irving has always wanted to return home to Brooklyn, and teaming up with Kevin Durant might just be enough to keep him happy. If things turn into a "us-versus-them" situation, then things could get worse, according to Lewis.
"Here, one the difference is he'll tell you that he's home, right. And two, Kyrie and KD (Durant) have preexisting relationships with a lot of these guys," Lewis said. "So, now as long as this does not become the 'old guard versus the new guard' or the 'real Nets versus the FOK's (friends of Kevin),' as long as you don't get that type of a situation, it should pave the way for things to go a little more smoothly. At least that's my thought process. But we'll see. We'll see if that ends up being the case."
The former Celtics point guard has to be ready to give the Nets 100-percent effort with Kenny Atkinson as his new head coach. It could get ugly if he gives anything less.
"That's true. And again, it's -- D'Angelo (Russell) made the All-Star game last year. Now granted, injury sub, but he made the All-Star Game at 23 and he was getting benched early in the season," Lewis said. "Benched, they were just pulling him. I mean, I remember one play, Kenny about lost his mind. And he just pulled him, sat him right there on the bench and let him sit there and watch the whole fourth quarter."
It definitely sounds like Irving will find success in New York, provided he keeps an open mind and is willing to put in the effort necessary. If he doesn't, he may find himself in the same situation he was in during his time with Boston.
Also on this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Lewis says he believes there's a chance Kevin Durant will return from his injury this season. Listen below:
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