Kyrie Irving wasn’t exactly pleased when he was asked about his interactions with Kevin Durant at NBA All-Star Weekend in February. His lecture on the matter is hard to forget.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 21, 2019
Well, based on Bobby Portis’ comments to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, everyone was right to question Irving’s intentions with Durant. Not because the partnership came to fruition, but because he knew, in February, the two were going to team up in Brooklyn.
And he claims he was not the lone individual with this knowledge. Not by a longshot.
“I knew what was gonna happen in February,” Portis, now a member of the Knicks, said. “We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don’t think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that.”
Of course, there may be some players around the league who didn’t know. But if only half the league was aware, there’s a good chance some of Irving’s teammates knew. And if any of the Celtics’ younger players knew, this could have been the wedge between them and Irving, or at least the leading factor.
Also, if Irving’s mind was made up in February — for whatever reason — and players knew, did the Celtics front office? Because if Danny Ainge and company was aware, this would help explain how they were able to make the move on Kemba Walker as quickly as they did.
However — again, assuming the front office knew — it only creates reason for further questions when looking at Al Horford’s situation. If the Celtics knew, why didn’t they tell Horford their plan for Walker from the get-go? Did he not know what Irving had planned? Was Plan A Anthony Davis and Plan B Walker? Or was Walker a reactionary move?
I don’t question Portis’ knowledge on the Irving-Durant partnership, though I wonder just how many players in the NBA actually knew. Because it seems impossible to imagine Celtics players would not know, which would likely trickle to someone who’d tell Ainge — if a player didn’t tell the C’s president of basketball ops themselves — who would then get the right pieces in place so he would not lose Horford, someone the team always seemed to revere immensely.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog