NASSAU, Bahamas — Cleveland Cavs sharpshooting point guard Kyrie Irving fired back at the reports that he deliberately threw a yacht party following the team’s first-ever NBA championship that was allegedly homogeneous — meaning all-white and to the exclusion of black women.
“Uncle Drew,” as he is affectionately called in The Land and in NBA circles, posted this photo after black Twitter responded negatively to a 30-second video showcasing the boat party that featured a bevy of Caucasian women gyrating as the boat sped towards the Caribbean Islands:
“All different shades” is meant to completely disprove the rush to judgement by black Twitter, which put Irving on blast, even though the video only showed one side of the boat. The hashtag “tryadifferentstory” was the guard’s way of swinging at the media who posted Twitter’s reaction to what they saw on the video.
Irving was sensational in the NBA Finals 2016 against the overwhelming favorites Golden State Warriors, completely outplaying the two-time MVP Steph Curry. At one point, Irving was the Finals’ leading scorer at 28 per game, having hit the 30-point mark in three consecutive contests, including 41 in game 3 that matched teammate LeBron James’ output. By game 7, Irving outscored Curry by six points per game while shooting better from the floor (48 percent vs. 42 percent) and about even from three, with similar assist numbers and fewer turnovers.
And this was before Irving hit the game-winning, franchise-changing 3-pointer in Curry’s face that ended Cleveland’s 52-year sports championship drought. Some sports pundits believed Curry should have received some MVP votes, while former ESPN “First Take” co-host Skip Bayless argued that Curry should have been voted the series most valuable player over King James.