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By Matt Dolloff,

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News is having a rough week. He reported that Jayson Tatum is reluctant to play because of contract concerns, but local reporting suggests that’s inaccurate. He also reported that Kyrie Irving, as part of a phone call with fellow players, proposed the idea of starting their own league.

That lunacy was quickly slapped down. But sadly, the idea that those words spilled out of Kyrie’s mouth in that order is all too believable.

Two of Kyrie’s Nets teammates, Chris Chiozza and Theo Pinson, tweeted at Bondy to dispute the notion that Kyrie suggested the players start their own league. They’re both young players following the lead of a veteran teammate, so it’s understandable for them to stick up for Kyrie. But they probably haven’t heard enough yet to know that most of his statements are just platitudes and word salad.

“You know, when the supreme existential transcendence of interstellar beings is conflated with the obsequious creatures who aggrandize their pious institutions, the primal renaissance of a lugubrious calamity could beget a metamorphosis into the flagellation of sacrosanct ubiquity.”

That’s an actual quote from Kyrie on his latest phone call. Just kidding I made it up. But would it shock you if Kyrie actually said something like this? Exactly.

Ty Anderson and I talked about Kyrie’s turd-in-the-punch-bowl antics and the latest with sports, coronavirus, and more in the latest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast. Go ahead and listen below.

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