Nobody, so far as I can see, has ever questioned Kyrie's talent.
As for family issues, I don't need a lecture about family issues from anyone:
Whiskey Slick wrote:Re: Kyrie
My mother had advanced Parkinson's while my brother had ALS, both died and I used my bereavement time, but while they were sick and fading away (I wouldn't wish either on my worst enemy), I still went to work everyday because I had bills to pay and a family to support. Nothing heroic about that. That's just the way the normal (non millionaire) world lives. We can't just stop working every time there's a personal problem with the family, as much as we might want too.
Between losing my mother and my brother respectively, my father unexpectedly died of a massive heart-attack. Shortly thereafter my other brother and I had our hearts checked out because heart disease runs in my family and my father died so suddenly. It turned out my bother had a 90% blockage in his artery which required immediate open heart surgery. If it went undiscovered he (like my father) was already living on borrowed time.
BTW my brother who died of ALS had the same open heart surgery about two years earlier.
Bottom line: I think it's pretty clear that I understand "family issues" and no matter how much Kyrie loves his family, he doesn't love them anymore than I loved mine. Maybe the same, but not more, AND YET, with the exception of bereavement I still had a responsibility to get up and go to work everyday, but then again I wasn't fortunate enough to stop working anytime I felt like, nor is at least 90% of mankind. Good for him that he does, but he shouldn't abuse the privilege.
I'm not saying he is, but it's hard to imagine his "family issues" are any worse than mine, unless his baby is seriously ill, in which case nothing else matters. But that aside, IMO (having been there) he should not be walking off his job anytime he feels like it. The Nets are only tolerating that because he's Kyrie. Let TLC or even Tyler Johnson try that and watch how fast they get cut.
BTW if it's true that Bradley Beal can be had for the right price, I would offer Kyrie tonight.
Kyrie has more talent and is the better player, but Beal is no slouch and he's more reliable.
That said, I hope we at least TRIED to swap Kyrie for Beal by the deadline.
Though even if we did I wouldn't be surprised if Washington told us to take a hike.
This, for the second time, will probably cost us the #1 seed. Maybe the 2 and 3 seeds as well.
Oh, and there will probably be more vaccinated fans in the stands come playoff time.