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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 20: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the second quarter of Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 20, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A true pioneer, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has boldly decided to go where many other NBA players have gone before: he’s opting into a contract that will pay him eight figures in 2022-23.

Irving’s decision came on the heels of a report that almost nobody from his list of desired destinations was interested in a sign-and-trade for him, but don’t let that stop him from telling you why he’s actually doing this.

“Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow,” Irving said (via The Athletic’s Shams Charania). “I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”

This man is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I mean, what the actual hell does any of that mean? Is Kyrie, who once described himself as the voice of the voiceless, trying to imply that ‘normal people’ wouldn’t accept a $37 million option? Or that doing that when nobody else wants to take you on via trade is somehow different?

Also, isn’t keeping the world going and leading you into tomorrow the same thing when you boil it down? You can’t keep going if there’s no tomorrow. (Look at my HUGE brain to put that one together. They say it’s a huge brain. Doctors go, “Oh my, look at this brain. I’ve never seen a brain like this. It’s a beautiful, fantastic brain full of books and thoughts.”)

Honestly, it all reads like a terrible Dos Equis ad.

Irving, for the record, is the 10th player to opt in for the 2022-23 season, according to HoopsRumors. So, he is the 10th person to dare to be different this year, which makes it… not all that different at all, actually.

Either way, it was an adventurous day for the 30-year-old Irving, who also decided to take to Twitter and engage with a Barstool Sports tweet that compared Kyrie to The Joker with his ability to destroy any team he’s on like it’s Gotham General.

The decision to opt in on the part of Irving, who has played in just 123 of 226 games since signing a max contract with Brooklyn in 2019, will likely keep the Nets from blowing it up and moving Kevin Durant this summer. So the Nets will instead run it back with Durant and Irving, and hope Ben Simmons can be the one to finally get Brooklyn the Big Three they need to compete.

Or at the very least provide us with more can’t miss content along the way.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.

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