Kyrie Irving as a Dallas Maverick could work for one big reason. He’s a Texan

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Philosophizer/point guard Kyrie Irving met with the media for the first time since joining the Dallas Mavericks, and after listening to him talk for 15 minutes the next team he will sign with are the Tibetan Fighting Monks.

At a minimum Kyrie with the Mavericks will be a must watch, not really for his skills as a basketball player but rather the conviction of his beliefs and rhetoric.

The depth of his sincerity about the nonsense that comes out of his mouth is Presidential.

However many school hours Kyrie actually earned in his one season at Duke, the school should immediately rescind those credits. The man makes Aaron Rodgers sound like Andy Dalton.

It’s not hard to envision a scene in 2033 when Kyrie Irving is standing on a street corner, microphone in hand, yelling about the how the government is orchestrating the end of the world, and that we are all bit players in The Matrix.

The Mavericks are not going to win the 2023 NBA title, but they will win The Most Interesting Team to Watch championship, because Kyrie Irving is crazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

So crazy he’s smarter than every other organism in the universe.

So crazy that the man who was born in Australia and raised in New Jersey could be a Texan.

Kyrie as a Dallas Maverick could actually work; not only will the media coverage around here be a fraction of what he faced in New York, Kyrie is a natural fit among the natives, and converts who weren’t born here but got here as quickly as we could.

Kyrie, welcome to Texas. You have no idea just how much you will fit in here.

He’s a free thinkin’, conspiracy-believin’, tough-talkin’ walkin’ contradiction. We love these people; look at our elected officials.

Kyrie’s first order of business when he finally settles in town is to run down to the Sixth Floor Museum, and finally tell us who really did shoot JFK. There’s a good chance he knows; if he doesn’t, he will sound like he does.

Kyrie’s “apology”

In his meeting with the media in Los Angeles, where the Mavs will play the Clippers on Wednesday night, Kyrie said he wants to be “celebrated and not just tolerated, or just kinda dealt with in a way that doesn’t make me felt respected.”

That’s a shot at his former team, the Brooklyn Nets. Might as well include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, too. Probably Duke as well, and a few AAU teams.

Irving left the Celtics in the summer of 2019 to sign a four-year, $141 million contract with the Nets. Where can I get disrespected like this, please?

On Tuesday, he was asked about the now infamous Instagram post that probably was the single biggest reason why his time in Brooklyn ended.

In case you forgot, in November Irving was suspended by the Nets after he shared a link to a film titled, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.” The film included many anti semitic themes.

He had also previously shared a link from noted conspiracy theorist, and Worst Person in North America, Alex Jones.

Irving apologized, and posted on his Instagram account, “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize.”

The apology was apparently deleted this week.

“Yeah, I delete a lot of things on my Instagram,” he said in his press conference on Tuesday. “I’ve had things that have happened before in my life, probably not as drastic as that moment, which led to a lot of confusion and uncertainty I felt like in what I meant and what I stand for.

“I had to just sit up at these mics and explain to the world who I am, and I know who I am. So I delete things all the time, and it’s no disrespect to anyone within the community. Just living my life.”

He said he has Jewish members of his family who care about him, but that the media didn’t know; they “just assumed.”

“I stand by my apology, and I stand by my people, everywhere. All walks of life. All races. All religions,” he said.

He stands by the apology so much he deleted it.

Luka with Kyrie

During the NBA on TNT pregame telecast on Tuesday night, analyst Shaquille O’Neal offered his thoughts about Irving’s marriage to Mark Cuban’s Mavs.

“On paper, (Irving with Luka Doncic) are the best back court. Will Kyrie want to be a co-star?” said O’Neal, who was paired with Candace Parker and Jamal Crawford on set rather than Charles Barkley. Barkley has already made it known he’s over Kyrie.

“If Kyrie wants to be (a co-star), it can work,” Shaq said. “Didn’t work in Boston. Didn’t work in Brooklyn. When you have two upper echelon players, one has to sacrifice.”

Irving, who can be a free agent after the season, said all of the right words about wanting to play with Doncic. About understanding roles, and the need to be selfless.

Kyrie said it.

Just because he said it doesn’t mean he actually can do it, or that he believes it.

Because, after all, he deletes lots of things.