Colin Cowherd: “If you look at the history of the NBA, most great players share a trait: they’re not all tall, they’re not all great shooters, they’re all not strong, and they’re not all great defenders, but what is the trait that most franchise superstars or A+ players have?? MENTAL DISCIPLINE and MENTAL TOUGHNESS – MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic, Lebron. This is why I never understood Kevin Durant choosing Kyrie Irving. Kyrie came out and talked about all the ‘needs’ the Brooklyn Nets have… By the way the Nets are 5-9 when Kyrie is on the floor, and they’re BETTER, .500, when he’s not. And the Boston Celtics are now significantly better since Kyrie left too. Kyrie is a flake, he’s an artist, he’s gifted, he’s special, but you can’t build your franchise around him. He’s not a great teammate, and he doesn’t help teams win. I think it was incredibly poor judgement by KD to leave Steph for Kyrie. He’s going to regret it for years that he chose injury prone and emotionally inconsistent Kyrie. It was a huge branding mistake.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why thinks two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is going to severely regret leaving the Golden State Warriors dynasty for the unproven Brooklyn Nets to join forces with perpetually disgruntled guard Kyrie Irving.
Irving recently made news by publicly making gripes about the team’s biggest weaknesses, and mentioning what the Nets ‘need’ in terms of personnel.
Colin thought the comments were comical considering the Nets are 5-9 when Irving is on the floor and .500 when he’s NOT, and when you bring up the fact that Irving’s old team in Boston is already 15 games above .500 in the middle of January, compared to 16 games above .500 all season last year with Irving.
Colin says that Irving is one of the most talented players in the league, but says he’s a bad teammate who doesn’t make the team better.
Check out the video above as Colin details why KD made the biggest mistake of his career by trusting that Irving could keep him in the championship conversation for the final 5-10 years of his career.