Kyrie Irving returned to the Brooklyn Nets as a member of the Dallas Mavericks for the first time. And to a chorus of boos, he let the Nets fans have it.
Irving dropped off 36 points, adding to Luka Doncic’s 35 and 18 rebounds, as the Mavs beat the Nets 119-107.
Trending online is a moment where a Nets fan asked Irving why he didn’t hoop like that in a Nets jersey. His answer was simple: “Thank Mayor Adams for that, bro.”
Before Kyrie Irving was moved to the Dallas Mavericks, Spectrum News NY1’s Pat Kiernan asked the NYC mayor Eric Adams what he would do about the then-current Brooklyn Nets’ situation, which was complicated with Irving.
“I will find the team that beats us the most and send him to that team, because then we’ll start beating that team,” Adams said. “It’s about synergy in energy. No matter how much talent you have, your ability to interact with your colleagues is more important.”
He added, “One player can bring down the synergy of the team. And so I would send him to the team that beats us the most so we can start winning better.”
Days after requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving officially became a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
According to The Athletic, Irving was offered a contract extension with stipulations, but that was declined. “Principle differences” emerged after Irving declined the deal. Irving inked a new deal with the Mavericks in the offseason.
In return for Irving, the Nets received Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks.