You can always count on Shaquille O’Neal to keep it all the way real when it comes to the NBA and its players.
The Inside The NBA analyst didn’t bite his tongue on the latest episode of “Tiki and Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network. The conversation shifted to the latest Kryie Irving drama regarding him not taking the COVID-19 vaccine putting his availability for Brooklyn Nets home games in jeopardy. O’Neal had a solution for the problem, trade Irving.
Per CBS Sports:
“I would go upstairs and say ‘get him up outta here. Get him up outta here’ We can win with the one-two punch, a great shooter, and the rebounders we have. Cause now every day, we have to answer questions about him and what he’s doing. Get his ass up outta here. Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get him outta here”
That should come as no surprise, being that during his career, Shaq only cared about one thing, and that’s winning NBA championships, so if your behavior in some way got in the way of that, of course, you had to go. O’Neal’s comments regarding Irving come after the all-star told reporters, “Honestly, I like to keep that stuff private,” when asked about his stance on the COVID-19 and the possibility of him not being able to play in Brooklyn Nets home games.
In New York, to be inside an arena, you have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite the Golden State Warriors doing their best to get him the proper information he needs, Andrew Wiggins also faces a similar problem because of his anti-vaccine stance. Despite these shenanigans, players like Irving, Wiggins, and Bradley Beal only represent 5% of the league. The other 95% is vaccinated, sources revealed to ESPN.
As for trading Kyrie Irving, we don’t think the Nets are at that point, but the team owner Joe Tsai had a very strong message for his all-star point guard.
“So Kyrie talks about it as a sort of personal choice issue, which I respect. But we all need to not forget that our goal,” Tsai told The Post. “What is our goal this year? What’s our purpose this year? It’s very, very clear: Win a championship. And the championship team needs to have everybody pulling the same direction.
It sounds like Uncle Drew better get with the program very soon, or he can find himself on a new team.
Twitter Reacts To Kyrie Irving Not Getting Coronavirus Vaccine
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Kyrie Irving PR relations coordinator pic.twitter.com/zPonJ4ykZJ— Ballsack Sports ® (@BallsackSports) September 26, 2021
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Just tell Kyrie Irving there's a microchip in the vaccine that prevents you from falling off the edge of the earth.— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 26, 2021
100% taking it if you say that.
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Kyrie Irving in the NBA group chat pic.twitter.com/sro7pdeUp6— the perfect egg bite (@alfonsohoops) September 26, 2021
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Nobody:— RioBenSan (@RioBenSan) September 26, 2021
Kyrie Irving: pic.twitter.com/AK5aJH3hXj
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Kyrie Irving at NBA players association meetings pic.twitter.com/jLdJJSEXsO— pwnteam (@pwnteam) September 26, 2021
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how Kyrie Irving feels after watching the 1st YouTube video on literally any topic pic.twitter.com/DbsmNXrA4x— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) September 26, 2021
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Jonathan Isaac and Kyrie Irving have a sample size to investigate the "effects" of the vaccine. It's called "the WNBA". They somehow had 99% of their workforce vaccinated without complaints of bullying or religious exemptions or crusades for the unvaxxed. Just talk to THEM pic.twitter.com/eLayk8yIz7— The Monday Morning Quarterblack (@TheMMQBL) September 26, 2021
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A master computer for a plan of Satan https://t.co/toQ3AlM0Iy— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) September 26, 2021
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Kyrie Irving is flat out insane pic.twitter.com/3HEzDE0Efo— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) September 26, 2021
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Nets fans to Kyrie’s aunty: pic.twitter.com/kCH0xFGtXg— Jac Manuell (@JacManuell) September 26, 2021
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Kyrie — and every other anti-vax NBA player — needs to get vaccinated. This isn’t complicated.— Alec Sturm (@Alec_Sturm) September 26, 2021
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Kyrie will get vaccinated. If he doesn’t the league will move on from him. Let’s just be honest. He isn’t LeBron James or Steph Curry.— Laker Central 🎙🎧🎥📝 (@LakerCentral365) September 26, 2021
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Pfizer Kyrie is gonna end up on those hypotheticals with Healthy D Rose and Isaiah Thomas with a gun— Ol’ Saint Mick #HonkHonk (@ColeyMick) September 26, 2021
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Ben Simmons is what the media tries to convince you Kyrie Irving is— Depressed Nets Fan (@DepressedNets) September 25, 2021
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