Kyrie Irving believes he was dropped from the NBA’s 75th anniversary list of the top-75 players in league history.
Irving, who was recently named one of the 40 Greatest McDonald’s All-Americans, said he would wait until the end of his career to make a big comment about his omission in the league’s greatest players list.
“I’m trying not to sit here and I figured out why I deserved to be in the top-75,” Irving said after coming from the back of the nets. victory over the knicks on Wednesday. “I guess I’ll wait for it when my career is over and maybe on the 100th anniversary, I’ll make that team. You don’t know until they expand the group.”
Irving’s case. He is easily one of the most accomplished ball-handlers in NBA history. He also hit a game-winning shot on Stephen Curry that gave the Cleveland Cavaliers their 2016 NBA championship. And last year, he joined Kevin Durant and Steve Nash — two top-75 members — in the 50-40-90 club, shooting better than 50% off the field, 40% from three and 90% from downtown. 2020-21 season.
Irving also believes he was a late scratch off the top-75 list, but won’t go into his argument.
“I guess I’ll leave it to conspiracy theorists,” he said. “I think I was on the list, but I guess I’m not, so hey, like I said, I’ll probably just wait 10 years, 20 years from now, hopefully with some championships under my belt and your Talking together, people are on the court after putting up some banners here (Brooklyn).”
Irving revealed how much he sacrificed during his life to become a major superstar guard in the best basketball league on the planet. His resume includes seven All-Star appearances, 2012 Rookie of the Year, 2014 All-Star MVP, and three All-NBA selections. He was also a member of the 2016 Team USA Olympics men’s basketball team that won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. And he was listed on the 40 Greatest McDonald’s All-Americans list along with NBA legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Shaquille O’Neal.
“I am grateful to everyone in our basketball culture for recognizing some great players to play our game,” Irving said. “And if I’m with some of those people, I don’t take it lightly. It was too many lonely nights at the gym, too many sacrifices of time, being away from my family, away from friends, not having a perfect childhood.” To be what everyone else had to say, being a college dropout at Duke and not being able to live what they say is a normal life: get 9-5 and put in your passion.
“So it’s a special sport right here and it’s rewarded a lot of people, so if I can dig up my name and be out there with some great people, I feel like I’m leaving a legacy that I want to quit. It takes a lot of hard work so I am grateful for that.”
Yet Irving knows the job isn’t done. He is a one-time NBA champion in the team led by LeBron James. He has no scoring title, hasn’t won the league MVP, has never been named to a First Team All-NBA, and has been on drama since requesting a trade from Cleveland years ago. This season, he didn’t make his debut until January 5 because of his decision not to vaccinate against COVID-19.
Irving thinks he’s out of the top-75 list, but 25 years from now, if there’s a top-100 list, he believes he’ll be a shoo-in—provided he Stick to his plan to win the championship in Brooklyn.
“It’s not necessarily about proving to anyone why I deserve to be on that list,” he said. “I know I have a lot more to do in this league, and I want to leave it there, so just let my game speak for itself. I like to be efficient, but as long as I go and retire , I want to be known as a winner. A championship winner. (I) want some of those things and do it with a great group of people and a great organization that believes in me, and the rest It can be written by itself.