Kyrie Irving is a genius when it comes to professional basketball, no doubt one of the most electrifying players of the modern era. When it comes to basic science, however, Uncle Drew’s insistence that the earth is flat is hilarious and begs the question of if he actually studied anything beyond putting a ball into a hoop.
On the Road Trippin’ podcast with Irving’s teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye alongside Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton, the skeptical point guard was a special guest. During the podcast, Irving went through a lot of the pre-All-Star weekend hype, but they went through a series of conspiracy theories which includes the moon landing.
At the 15-minute mark of the podcast, Irving says that he believes in aliens after vehemently denying the moon landing happened. This is also the portion of the podcast where Irving, obviously a man who can read and has bright teammates in Jefferson and Frye, arguing down the roundness of the planet.
While that conversation was bizarre and intense on its own, Irving took on the question again at a Friday presser during the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans and did not budge. However, it looks like he’s open to the debate, however silly it is. But in the same breath, Irving seemed to be hinting that this is all part of either a seriously unfunny troll or some social experiment to get people to talk about things other than basketball.
NBA Commission Adam Silver, a former Duke University alum like Irving, weighed in on the flat earth discussion and now, it’s just comical at this point. Silver threw a slight bit of “you should know better, Kyrie” shade but did so in a diplomatic way.
Let’s hope someone gets it through to Kyrie Irving that the world is just as round as the basketball he pounds on hardwood floors.
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