Is Kyrie Really 'Being Woke'? Understanding Irving's Public Moment of Zen

The short version is, he's a grown man and he made a decision based on what was best for him. The quirk here is that what's best for him seems borderline ridiculous to you and me, the average cranky sports fans. How could he not want to play with the best basketball player of his generation? How could he leave a team that's been to the NBA Finals three years in a row to start from scratch with a Celtics franchise that hasn't been to the Finals in the last seven seasons? Kyrie, are you out of your mind?

Ranking the 10 Best Trolls of the 2016-17 NBA Season

After seeing supposed mortal enemies Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving join in an interpretive dance that may or may not have been a dig against LeBron James, I'm starting to think the rules of polite society we all are forced to adhere to at birth do not apply to NBA players. I'm not sure anyone would want to be my friend if, let's say, I implied I was the reason they went bald or allegedly suggested through surrogates that I would like to beat said friend's ass for wanting to work somewhere else. NBA players do this kind of stuff all the time. They also sometimes claim Earth is flat, but that's another article for another time.

Move Over, MJ and D-Wade: Jimmy Butler Is the New King of Chicago

Public perception exists independent of what goes on behind the scenes. We base all of our expectations of athletes on either what they offer through the press or what leaks out against their will, like the Rondo drama. Butler is a leader, a face of a franchise, because we think he is, not because he's courted the responsibility. He's inherited a basketball team that's been remade and revamped around him.

The Good News for the Chargers: NFL Fans in LA Are Used to Losers

When the citizens of Los Angeles asked for football to come back, it was under the assumption that the team we'd be gifted would be good—or at least generally competent. Not a big ask, I think, and yet here we stand. The Rams finished 4-12, and the newly christened Los Angeles Chargers finished a marginally less putrid 5-11. This is like seeing the name "Hemsworth" on the poster for a movie, but instead of Chris, you get Liam and Luke.