As Kyrie Irving’s stand-off with the media continues, at least one of his peers seems to be enjoying the show.
The Brooklyn Nets star declared in a statement earlier this week that he is not interested in speaking with reporters this season, earning him a swift $25K fine from the NBA. Even after the league made it clear it wouldn’t let him simply refuse his media obligations, Irving appeared to double down, referring to the media as “pawns” in another statement.
While Irving didn’t want to talk reporters, he did go on Instagram Live on Saturday. The subject of the media predictably came up, but from an unexpected source: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
“Ky bra do your media sessions,” Lillard wrote in a comment on Irving’s feed, followed by three laughing emojis.
Lillard repeated the message minutes later.
“Sir please do you media,” Lillard wrote with the same emojis.
Lillard’s comments likely reflect how many NBA players feel about the Irving drama; not seeing why it’s so hard for Irving to speak with the media, but finding the situation entertaining rather than infuriating like some reporters out there.
We’ll see if Irving ends up taking Lillard’s advice, though that likely won’t change the underlying tensions that created this situation.
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