Stephen A. Smith has called out Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving several timee during the season as well as the offseason.
Irving had finally had enough as he caleld out the ESPN personality on Twitter.
“@stephenasmith you’re gonna have to explain yourself to people in your generation. I am not around many 50 plus year olds that speak and act like you do, so this is new for me. But I am sure my father and my uncles can meet you on your level better than I can. We know you STEPHEN,” he said.
Irving’s response in likely in reference to Smith’s video he posted after the news came down that Irving was headed back to Brooklyn.
“Oh Kyrie Irving,” he said. “You opted in after all. Took that money, didn’t you? One-year deal, y’all.”
Last week, Smith suggested that Irving “betrayed” his Nets teammate Kevin Durant. “Kyrie has betrayed, totally betrayed. Coaxed into coming to Brooklyn , you his brother, you ride with him 1,000%, until you don’t want to, for whatever reason, and you left him hanging,” Smith said, via Nets Wire.
Irving opted in to his $36.5 million option with the Brooklyn Nets for next season, he told The Athletic on Monday. Irving is now no longer eligible for a sign-and-trade deal.
The 30-year-old averaged 27.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.4 rebounds last season but played in only 29 regular-season games.