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Did Kyrie Irving mean to do that? An investigation

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The setup: Kyrie Irving scored 50 in his Brooklyn Nets debut, but Karl-Anthony Towns was pretty spectacular himself and the Timberwolves led by one with seconds left in overtime. Of course Kyrie would have the ball in his hands. The Wolves put Josh Okogie, a good defender, on him.

Here’s the play.

Here’s the question: did Kyrie slip and then recover for what would have been one of the craziest game-winners of all time ... or did he intentionally go to the ground with his dribble to get a clean look at what would would have been one of the craziest game-winners of all time?

In the postgame, Kyrie claimed he fell: “I was in the process of making another move and just lost my footing, lost my balance. Somehow I got it back and just got to get my elbow pointed at the rim.”

But Kyrie has also claimed the world is flat and has a propensity to manipulate the media to his own ends. Does anyone think it’s beyond Kyrie to try this move to close an unimpeachable Nets debut with the intent of claiming his slipped if he misses? No, it’s certainly not beyond Kyrie.

Look at how Kyrie falls: there’s no evidence either foot slips. When he goes to the spin move, he’s on the ball of his left foot — the shoe doesn’t slip. In fact, Kyrie seems to thrust off it. And look at how high his right leg comes up on the spin: this looks nothing like a clumsy slip, but a low-altitude ballet move. Kyrie is a master ball-handler who never looks at his dribble, but he’s immediately looking at his dribble as soon as he begins the spin move. Looking at previous spin moves, there’s no evidence he usually does this. So either he immediately knew something was wrong with his footing, or he planned this all along.

Then the recovery is just too slick. Again, Kyrie is a master ball-handler. But that recovery looks like something he’s practiced. Kyrie doesn’t slip much ... why would he practice a recovery dribble? Unless, of course, he intended to “slip” at some point.

Folks, the truth is out there. Open your third eye and embrace it.


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