Jalen Rose regrets voting Kyrie Irving All-NBA: ‘I get mesmerized by his talent’
Hawks star Trae Young earned an extra projected $35 million on his contract extension ($27 million before his 2025 early termination option) by making an All-NBA team this year.
However, one voter chose Nets guard Kyrie Irving – who played just 29 games this season – over Young.
Jalen Rose on ESPN:
After Stephen A. Smith admonished him, Rose explained further:
Smith continued to shred Rose, who responded:
Listen to Jalen’s comments for yourself:
This will further arguments that media voting shouldn’t determine super-max eligibility.
But remember: The NBA decided Rose should have an All-NBA vote. Owners and players agreed All-NBA votes should determine super-max eligibility. Rose didn’t force his opinion to carry such weight.
That said, once Rose accepted a vote, he should have taken more care not to make a decision he immediately regretted when results came out. Especially considering the money on the line for players like Young.
Perhaps, the NBA should no longer leave award voting to media members who don’t even know the game that well. Maybe a committee of former players would do better.