Kyrie Irving wants Kemba Walker, but it has nothing to do with a Celtics-Nets rivalry.
The Nets’ star point guard wants revenge for the losses he took against Walker as a kid and called The Bronx native to play him in a friendly one-on-one game, on an Instagram Live session with former West Virginia star and Brooklyn native Darryl “Truck” Bryant.
“That’s my matchup, I want K-Walk,” Irving, who grew up in West Orange, N.J., said of Walker.
“That’s my big bro. I want K-Walk. That’s my big bro. You know we got mutual respect, but I know everybody wants to see it out of New York, New Jersey. Every time we play against each other, it’s always a game. He gave us 40, I gave him 40, back-and-forth. That’s just part of where we grew up.”
Walker replaced Irving with the Celtics this past season and was having a big year before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the season, averaging 21.2 points and 4.9 assists per game for 43-21 Boston. Irving, meanwhile, appeared in just 20 games with the Nets due to an assortment of injuries. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on March 3.