Kevin Durant says criticism over Kyrie Irving’s concerns about NBA restart was way to get ‘clicks’

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Kevin Durant opened up about the criticism his good friend and teammate in the Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving received about his concerns for the NBA restart.

Durant believes Irving was wrongfully targeted just because he is one of the biggest names in the NBA today.

“In this situation with the NBPA, he wasn’t the only one that had a problem with what was potentially going to happen in the bubble. Like, everybody had concerns.

But obviously, he’s Kyrie—the biggest one—and that’s going to sell papers. At this time, especially during the pandemic, nobody making money, so you get an opportunity to get some clicks, it’s easy to use Kyrie. But it’s 80, 90 players who had the same questions he had.

Kyrie wasn’t the one, like, ‘Yo, let’s get everybody together’. Five or six people called one another, like, ‘Oh shit, I’m feeling that way too.’ Then, another 10 people called.

But, Kyrie the biggest voice out of ’em all, and because he relates to everyone in the league,” Durant said during his appearance on the Play For Keeps podcast, via Jose Martinez of Complex.