Everyone was expecting Kyrie Irving, former teammate of James, to make an appearance in the Drew League and light up the floor just like James did, but he never showed faced the whole day.

The Brooklyn Nets guard was supposed to play just a few games before James but instead, he was spotted somewhere else in southern California.

Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the Drew League commissioner, Dino Smiley, was a bit surprised by Irving’s no-show.

“Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley to ESPN when asked about Kyrie Irving: “We still have a couple games left today and then six tomorrow. So, (we’ll see). But that sounded like it was going to be a sure bet but I don’t know what happened.”

Saturday morning, Irving was seen helping Lakers assistant coach, Phil Handy, at a youth basketball camp at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The camp was less than 60 miles away from where Drew League was being held in Compton, California. 

It’s not the first time Irving has missed a game he was supposed to be playing in. The mercurial guard infamously played in just 29 games for Brooklyn this past season due to New York state vaccine mandates.

Courtesy: SI


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