Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

ESPN’s highest-paid sportscaster with an annual salary of nearly $8 million, Stephen A. Smith, reacts to the Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving’s decision to release a statement instead of engaging with the media.

Irving’s first season with the Nets was an injury-plagued mess, as he was limited to just 20 appearances while missing time due to knee and hamstring injuries in addition to multiple aggravations of the shoulder issue that eventually required surgery.