Press conferences are notoriously boring. Players have been trained to say nothing that can either enrage fans or serve as bulletin board material. Russell Wilson has even stated that his dad prepped him for these situations beginning when he was in high school.
The job of the Press Conference Whisperer (PCW) is to look at the statements of players and coaches and try to dissect them to reveal what the player is really saying, and how they truly feel. Our first subject is Kyrie Irving, who released an instagram post last week and had a press conference early Friday morning about his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics.
First, let’s look at the Instagram caption. 95 percent of it was most likely written by members in Kyrie’s camp, but there are some revealing quotes to be analyzed.
Kyrie’s first sentence: “My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place that’s special…”
PCW: I mean, I did not have a problem with the city, but I really never enjoyed playing for the Cavs. I hated Dion Waiters, got multiple coaches fired and did not really want LeBron to come back home.
Kyrie: “Ups and downs, we stand and fight no matter what the circumstances are, and that’s what being in Cleveland embodies”
PCW: Man, Cleveland was a dysfunctional organization with a lot of issues. Sure, we won a ring, but it was really hard.
Kyrie: “Thank you for being there when I was a 19 year old coming into the league”
PCW: When everyone says I have not won without LeBron, they forget I was only 19.
Kyrie: “The journey is the reward”
PCW: Some quote my agent told me to say that makes me sound smart.
Now the press conference…
Gordon Hayward: “I’m excited to get the season started”
Kyrie Irving: “It’s gonna be crazy, G”
PCW: Gordon and I are friends and peers. I am nobody’s sidekick.
PCW: Remember when a Cleveland reporter asked if LeBron is a father figure to me? I do.
Kyrie: “I’d be sitting up here and telling you guys a lie if I didn’t tell y’all I learned so much from that guy. The perfection of the craft comes in a variety of forms. And you watch and you watch and you ask a lot of the great players, ‘what does it take to be great?’ And I’ve had the unique opportunity to play with one of the greats and it was awesome.
“At times it was all over just like it is on any other team. And when you look back and you’re eternally grateful for the moments that you’ve had and you’ve shared, you’re able to put peace with that journey and start anew.
“This was a very, very challenging decision at first. But after a while, when you understand and you have that confidence in yourself to understand the magnitude of what you actually can accomplish and potentially can do with other great people.
“And now that I’m sitting here, it just echoes in terms of me just being very appreciative of not only the Cleveland fans and all of Ohio, as well as Bron in incorporating me into that special team we had in Cleveland. Because, I mean, three finals in a row, all the shared memories with [the teammates], they all know how I feel about them individually as well as the amount of love we have for one another. The brotherhood exists, even without all this, and it will continue. So that’s exactly where it is, and I’m very appreciative of it.”
PCW: Actually, I don’t have to say anything here. Kyrie gave a real description of their friendship here.
PCW: Yes, I know this is Gordon Hayward, but it’s just so dumb I had to include it.
I’m not trying to rip Kyrie here; I’m simply trying to decipher what he is trying to say. Kyrie had every right to demand a trade and found himself in a great situation. Kyrie won’t publicly admit how unhappy he was in Cleveland, but his quotes revealed how he honestly viewed LeBron and his old home. Looking toward his future at Boston, Kyrie plans to be the man and will not take a backseat to anyone.