Kyrie Irving is back in action! For most NBA fans, it’s been a pleasure seeing him back on the court doing what he does best. But as a recent game shows, he’ll still have his share of hecklers. And Irving’s response got him in trouble.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA fined Irving $25,000 “for directing obscene language toward a fan.”
On Monday, the Brooklyn Nets faced the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA’s slew of Martin Luther King Jr. Day games. Irving is eligible to play in away games and played against his former team in Cleveland. That’s when a fan made a remark, and Irving responded.
The incident took place with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter, as Cavaliers player Cedi Osman was fouled. Fans heckled Irving by mentioning former teammate LeBron James and current teammate Kevin Durant.
“You need LeBron [James]?” A fan asked. “Where’s Kevin Durant?”
“Got y’all a championship and motherf***ers still ungrateful,” Irving replied.
“Just one,” Fans said.
Irving was a member of the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers that overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the city’s first title in over 50 years. Irving hit a clutch 3-pointer that helped the Cavs secure the win.
The Cavaliers traded him to the Boston Celtics in 2017 after wanting to be the star of his own team. Irving went on to join the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 as a free agent.
Irving has appeared in five games this season and averages 22 points and 5.4 assists. He scored 27 against the Cavaliers and 30 points against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Irving and the Nets have played well this season, and if they continue to play well, we may see them in the Finals.