Stephen A. Smith to Kyrie Irving: Why don’t you just go ahead and retire already?

Stephen A. Smith believes Kyrie Irving should retire from basketball.

The ESPN hot-take artist thinks Irving’s personal leave of absence is proof his heart isn’t into the game and he owes it to fans, the Nets organization and his teammates to step away.

“He’s not worth [the drama] at all,” Smith said on the network on Wednesday. “Matter of fact, let me say this straight up and down: I think Kyrie Irving should retire. I think he should announce his retirement today. Clearly, you don’t want to play basketball bad enough.”

The 28-year-old Irving will miss his fifth straight game when the Nets take on the Knicks Wednesday night at the Garden. His absence is believed to be because he is upset over the US Capitol riot. But on Monday night, a video surfaced of a maskless Irving at what appeared to be a family birthday party.

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SOURCE: New York Post – Zach Braziller

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