Kyrie Irving no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, according to ESPN. The news came as a major surprise Friday evening, and left the NBA world shook. But now that we know he doesn’t want to play for the Cavs, we’re left to wonder where he will go.
We have a hint of where Irving would like to play. Adrian Wojnarowski reported Irving’s preference would be to play in San Antonio with Gregg Popovich. Woj’s ESPN colleague Chris Haynes said the same, but included some more teams of interest.
The Knicks? Irving wants to stop being LeBron’s teammate to play for the Knicks? Things in Cleveland must really be bad.
“I support Michael in everything he does,” Martellus Bennett said. “He’s very well-educated on what it is he wants to happen in the world and what he’s trying to communicate, and I think he does an awesome job. I love him to death, and I think he’s very courageous in the position he’s in and the things that he says, and I’m very proud to be his brother and to see him make the impact that he does — not just with stances like that but the work that he does in the community, the type of father that he is.
“If there’s anybody you can look up to, it’s Mike. I know sometimes he may come off a little abrasive, but man the dude is such a great guy. He’s always working in the community, he’s always trying to better the young and he’s a progressive thinker. I think it’s awesome.”
As Terry Bradshaw neared the end of his career, the Steelers drafted Malone with the No. 28 overall pick in 1980. Primarily their starter from 1984 through ’87, Malone did little to light it up. In his last season in Pittsburgh, he went 6-6 but threw six touchdowns to 19 interceptions for a 46.9 rating. Not too long after he hung it up, Malone embarked on a much stronger, longer gig as a popular sportscaster.