Given his ten-season tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers, Julius Irving certainly achieved “legend” status in the city of brotherly love. The former high-flying goalkeeper inaugurated a new era of professional basketball, one marked by the smooth dipping and fusion of ABA stars. Irving was also the last sexier to win a Finals ring, when he, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Tony and Moses Malone swept the Los Angeles Lakers led by Magic Johnson.
Fast forward to 2022 and another “Irving” dominated the NBA broadcasts for all the wrong reasons. Brooklyn Nets guard Keri Irving has been suspended for five games by Brooklyn for failing to apologize after sharing an anti-Semitic video on social media. And over the weekend, the Sixers legend (whose name is spelled with an “E”) shared his thoughts on Irving’s future in the league.
“Angel is greedy,” Dr. J . said TMZ last weekend. “He would end up in the league playing for someone, no matter how poisoned he was.
“As long as he’s young enough to score those buckets, and do what he’s doing, Be Kerry, he’ll have a job.”
Irving makes a joke targeting Comrade Irving
Irving punctuated his assessment of Irving’s situation by analogy with his own story.
“I always thought it was a privilege, an honor, and a blessing to be an NBA player,” he said. Noun.”
Irving did not always have a direct path to the NBA. For starters, the NCAA had a rule against plunging when Erving suited up for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the late 1960s. Thus, Irving, who would later earn a living from his poetry competitions, was limited to showing off to his gym mates—never at games.
Furthermore, because the NBA banned players from entering the league before four years had elapsed since his high school graduation, Irving was forced to play in the lower ABA. Then, once the New York Nets moved to the NBA, the Nets owner backed out of a deal to increase Erving’s salary, even though Erving had led the Nets to the ABA Championship the previous season.
Irving makes his opinions known on the NBA greats
Irving’s comments about Irving are not the first time that his opinions on past and current players have been made public. Back in September, Irving threw his weight on the greatest debate ever between LeBron James and Michael Jordan, offering a third option.
“People are always making comparisons with people made. LeBron might play another six years LeBron might play one year we don’t really know. It’s very subjective,” Irving said via Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports.
“I think it’s the fans’ argument, not the players’ argument. So I stay away from that. The greatest player in my life is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
All three players are regularly featured in most lists of all-time greats. Hey, Irving might have some personal interests in the matter: The 1983 Philadelphia chip came against Abdul-Jabbar. Not too shabby having a one on the greatest player ever.
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