Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving are two of the NBA's best point guards in present day, but the two have vastly different philosophies when it comes to dealing with the media.
Lillard, arguably the league's best leader, speaks as the voice of the team after every game. In 2017, Lillard was awarded the Professional Writers Association’s Magic Johnson Award which honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.
Meanwhile, Irving decided to not attend his contractually obligated media availability during training camp, got fined $25,000 by the NBA for breaking his contract, and then called the media "pawns" in a bizarre Instagram story.
Saturday, Irving and Nets teammate Kevin Durant went live via Instagram and discussed the upcoming season in Brooklyn.
During the stream, Lillard commented "Ky bra do your media sessions," as documented by Taylor Rooks on Twitter.
Although perhaps it's in the best interest of Brooklyn that Kyrie doesn't make himself available to the media, as he has said some distracting things after games, such as publicly questioning the effort level of his Boston teammates in 2019.
Reminder: The Celtics went to the Eastern Conference Finals in the last two postseasons without Kyrie and lost in the five games in the second round in the postseason Kyrie did dawn a Celtics jersey.
Will Kyrie follow Lillard's advice? That remains to be seen.