Given that the Kyrie Irving trade to the Dallas Mavericks happened on Sunday, the sports talk world got its first chance to bloviate about the deal on Monday, and so far, sparks are flying over on ESPN.
During the Monday episode of First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams got so heated during a debate about Kyrie Irving that SAS literally mocked the way Williams speaks.
“Jay, you know what — what I would ask you is, do me a favor: stop telling me us what you ‘find interesting’ and just tell us what you feel,” Smith said after Williams how it’s ‘interesting’ to him how Smith feels about Kyrie.
“You say ‘I find it interesting’,” Smith said while pantomiming as Williams. “You always say that… say what you sayin’!”
Serious sparks are flying between Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams over Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/Cp7MaSeTQD
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 6, 2023
This certainly isn’t the first time that Smith and Williams have come to blows over Kyrie Irving as the pair have had multiple arguments about the controversial point guard in recent years.
On Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets shipped Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick, and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029.
Irving’s trade to the Mavericks brings an end to a four-season stint in Brooklyn that saw the perennial All-Star continually set the Nets back with personally manufactured controversy. It was a similar situation with both the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, where Irving also unceremoniously forced his way out of following a few seasons with the teams.
At the time of the trade, the Brooklyn Nets sat fourth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a record of 32-20 (and were looking like legitimate contenders to make the NBA Finals), while the Mavericks were sixth in the Western Conference with a 28-26 record.
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