Kyrie Irving continued to create a stir within NBA circles on Tuesday night when it was reported that he suggested to teammates that they can start their own league instead of reporting to Orlando when the NBA plans to resume in July.
Irving has been advocating not to return to play this summer so players can focus their efforts and influence on creating an impact on racial and social issues that have sparked protests across the country.
Irving’s calls, though, seem to be divided among NBA players and WFAN’s Boomer Esiason had an alternative suggestion for Irving.
“I would suggest Kyrie quit basketball then go make a difference. Run for office, maybe,” he said on Tuesday’s “Boomer and Gio” show. “Or form some other coalition away from basketball and use the platform of his fame and fortune to make a difference if he really wants to. There’s plenty of opportunities for people to do that.”
While Irving – who won’t play when the season resumes anyway, due to his recovery from shoulder surgery – has some supporters, former NBA player Kendrick Perkins has said Irving’s voice is not a powerful one within the league.
“I’m in the Kendrick Perkins camp,” Boomer said. “There’s a lot of hot air coming out of nothing that’s not going to make any sense or difference.”