Kenny Atkinson pushes back on report of Kyrie Irving’s ‘mood swings’
A recent report about how Kyrie Irving’s alleged “mood swings” already are a matter of concern for the Brooklyn Nets has been disputed by the team’s head coach.
In fact, Kenny Atkinson took things a step further in Irving’s defense, giving the enigmatic point guard high marks for his conduct since arriving to the team during this past offseason.
"That is completely false" – Kenny Atkinson on the Kyrie Irving report pic.twitter.com/VWWmLpSq09— SNY (@SNYtv) October 29, 2019
“That is completely false,” Atkinson told reporters Tuesday. “Strictly speaking on my observation, my experience with him, so far it’s absolutely not true. … From my perspective, I give Kyrie an A-plus for his consistency and his spirit and it’s been great.”
The report at the center of the developing controversy, filed by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, suggests that the Nets started to become wary of Irving’s behavior during the team’s visit to China. During alleged “funks,” Irving reportedly “shuts down” and is “unwilling to communicate with the coaching staff, front office and, sometimes, even his teammates.”
Irving’s career has been marked with instances of this kind of alleged behavior, with the mercurial point guard’s tumultuous two-season tenure with the Boston Celtics being plagued with several incidents of this nature.
It makes complete sense that the Nets would come out and dispute such unflattering allegations about their prized free-agency acquisition. That said, that does not mean the reporting is completely inaccurate, however.
Either way, the fact that the Nets already have been forced to navigate an uncomfortable situation involving Irving after only three games obviously is not the way the organization wanted to start the 2019-20 campaign.