Kyrie Irving recently lost his cool and threw a ball into the crowd on Monday’s game in Denver.
The guard says he felt disrespected when Jamal Murray launched a late three point attempt to reach the 50 point stat.
Irving understands reason for his $25,000 fine. " Well deserved. There’s a sense of professionalism that you have to uphold within this league, and I failed to do so, so I take full responsibility for it. In the event that anyone gets hurt, I’m taking full responsibility for it,"
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) November 6, 2018
Irving wanted Murray to pass on the shot while hitting his career high 48 points.
“From a competition and competitive standpoint, I think it absolutely deserved to go in the stands,” he said. “You just don’t play basketball like that. It’s as simple as that. You just don’t. There’s a tradition and a respect within the league as well as in any basketball game. Obviously you’ve won the game, you have it sealed, you’ve had a great game, game of your life, and you do something like that, it’s petty, it’s immature, and we’ll see him again though.”
Murray attempted the shot knowing it was considered disrespectful and he violated one of the few unwritten rules in the NBA.
“He knew,” Irving said. “It’s not like I hold any resentment toward it, but hopefully going forward after this, he doesn’t do anything like that. … I felt disrespected after the game. So your career-high ball goes in the stands.”
via Boston Herald.