Kyrie Irving Says He Will Definitely Troll The Warriors Players On Team USA
Kyrie Irving is having a sensational 2016. He is currently fresh off of winning his first NBA Championship with the Cavaliers after polishing off the Warriors with a three-pointer that sealed the deal for Cleveland in a thrilling Game 7. Now he is preparing to get some serious playing time at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Not only is Irving expected to be the team's premiere point guard but he has all of the NBA bragging rights; which means he plans to ruffle the feathers of his Golden State-based USA teammates - Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.
That's right. Despite the fact that the trio of Warriors players are still undoubtedly raw from their devastating loss in the NBA Finals after going up 3-1, Irving has admitted that he has no plans to try to make them feel better about it.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, Irving was asked about how he's been interacting with the Warriors players after an incredibly competitive and emotional series. The Cavaliers point guard explained that there’s definitely a lot of mutual respect between the Warriors and Cavaliers, but he jokingly(?) admitted that he's not about to pass up his bragging rights.
“There’s a connection that we all share that’s bonded for life of USA Basketball that allows us to be comfortable and being with one another," explained Irving. "But, you know, there will be a few jabs thrown … because there are three Warriors on this team, and I am the current champion, so I will be throwing it in their faces.”
That's the name of the game right there. Victory is only made sweeter by the sourness of defeat, and Irving is just doing what any sore winner would do. And let's be honest, who really likes a gracious winner anyway? The only issue here is whether or not Irving's braggadocio could affect team chemistry.
As a few of us here at SportsGrid pointed out recently, there is not much room for error on this sparser-than-usual Team USA. A repeat of the embarrassment at the 2004 Athens Olympics would be an unnecessary blemish on an otherwise perfect basketball year for Kyrie. I'm just saying.
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