Details on Kyrie Irving going days without talking to his teammates during last year’s playoffs.
One of those teammates was James Jones, who was hired as the vice president of basketball operations this summer by Phoenix. According to McMenamin, there’s a good chance that type of experience with Irving would sour Jones on any potential Suns trade for him.
Here’s what McMenamin said, as transcribed by Sportando:
“Phoenix, of course, hired James Jones this offseason. He’s been inside that locker room. He’s seen Kyrie Irving — I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week — he saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year — in between the first round when they beat Indiana and the second round when they played Toronto — go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice. On that stage. It’s one thing to say people go through ups and downs during the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, when the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers and pulling together to get this thing done, even at that level there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates. I’m not so sure if Phoenix would be interested in that type of deal