Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving wasn't happy about being left off the NBA's 75 greatest players list. When the 2021/22 season began, the NBA announced the 75 greatest players in NBA history. Some consider Irving as the greatest ball handler in NBA history and maybe the most skilled basketball player ever.
Irving, who plays for the Nets alongside Kevin Durant, appeared on Durant's podcast and there he gave his thoughts on not being on the NBA's top-75 list. "I really admire a lot of the talent that has come through our league that has really set cornerstones and foundational shots, pathways for people to follow right or to achieve better, to want to achieve better," Irving said on The ETCs with Kevin Durant podcast, via CBS Sports.
"So I can't sit here and debate. You know whether or not I was or I wasn't. I can only tell you how I feel, and absolutely I feel like I deserve to be on that top 75 list."
Irving reflects on a challenging season
Toward the end of the regular season, Irving was finally allowed to play at home games.
Irving admitted that his vaccine drama negatively affected the Nets. "I think it was just really heavy emotionally this season," Irving said. "We all felt it. I felt like I was letting the team down at a point where I wasn't able to play.
We were trying to exercise every option for me to play, but I never wanted it to just be about me. And I think it became a distraction at times. And as you see we just had some drastic changes." The Nets' season came to an end on a disappointing way as they were swept by the Boston Celtics.
Discussing his future, Irving made it clear he wants to stay in Brooklyn. "There's no question about where I'm going and how this is going to happen," Irving said. "I'm here with [Durant], but also I'm here to build a great team.
I've averaged this many points, done this many things. Individually, been recognized for my greatness, but at this point in my career, I really just want to be part of a great team. And just dominate that way and not really focus on any individual accolades and achievements.
Just really build something special -- that's my focus going into the summer is just building with my teammates."