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NBA World Reacts To What Stephen A. Said About Kyrie Irving

Stephen A. Smith looking on at the NBA Celebrity Game

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 14: Head coach Stephen A. Smith of Team Stephen A. looks on before the 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented By Ruffles at Wintrust Arena on February 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets find themselves down 3-0 to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoff series.

Sunday afternoon, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith made a bold proclamation.

Stephen A. said that he would never give Kyrie Irving another longterm contract. He said he's fine paying Irving as much as possible for one year - but one year only.

The ESPN personality claims that Irving simply can't be trusted to consistently show up to work. He's played in more than 60 games just four out of 11 NBA seasons.

It's tough to argue with what Stephen A. said, but surely, someone is going to give Irving a longterm contract. "He said an absolute professional at missing work lmaooo," one fan tweeted. "here's the thing: yes, Kyrie could've been part of the team A LOT sooner than he was, but the Nets also knew the type of person they were getting in Kyrie when they signed him. franchises just think they can be the one to change players who have constantly shown us who they are," Ashley Nicole Moss added.

Game 4 of the Nets vs. Celtics series is set for Monday night.

Brooklyn is facing elimination.