Kyrie Irving approaching Nets’ postseason ‘as if it’s my last’ playoff run
Kyrie Irving intends to savor the Brooklyn Nets’ run in the playoffs however long it lasts, and some cryptic comments from the complex superstar this week has led to some speculation about his long-term NBA future.
The No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets will open the postseason Saturday against the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics. The team comprised of the Big Three collective of Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden are expected to make a deep run this postseason, and the superstar point guard is relishing every moment.
“Now that we’re here and we’ve got the guys that we have in this locker room and we’ve been through quite a journey, we just want to enjoy the ride,” Irving said after Tuesday’s practice, per the New York Post. “That’s really all I can say. I just want to enjoy it as if it’s my last.”
Irving’s somewhat cryptic “as if it’s my last” talk has left some around the league with raised eyebrows. Such a reaction to the comments is hardly surprising given Irving’s reputation as one of the most thoughtful, misunderstood and enigmatic players in the NBA.
That being said, the fact that Irving is even thoughtfully interacting with reporters is a welcome development given his longstanding aversion to opening up to the media to any extent.
What’s more, Irving’s response to a later question about if he ever contemplates when the time will come when he’ll hang up his sneakers for good to pursue other interests only added another layer of mystery.
“Doesn’t everybody?” Irving asked rhetorically. “I mean, everybody thinks about it, especially with things that go on in most careers and what they feel like they have to give. It depends on what I have to give to this game or what I have left. It’s always a thought, but not really the most important thing for me right now to think about.”
Irving is as outspoken and passionate as they come in the NBA, so his comments this week ahead of Saturday’s Game 1 against the Celtics could be a case of him simply being philosophical about his career at this stage. On the other hand, perhaps there’s more to it than that. The only thing that is guaranteed when it comes to Irving is that anything can and could happen.