Durant issue adds new twists to Kyrie’s tale

Alan Greenwood

Not to rain on Kyrie Irving’s parade – the one that dances through his mind while reflecting on his greatness – but it seems silly to think that a team is still willing to invest big-time bucks on uniting him and his pal, Kevin Durant.

Maybe there is an owner out there who missed the sight of Durant crumpling to the floor after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. More likely, there is an owner out there so desperate that gambling on Durant being Durant after a year of recuperation seems a wise investment.

Toss in the headaches that Irving brings to the proverbial table and those odds grow infinitely longer.

Of course, Irving could do well for himself by hitting the free agent on his own. He is physically able, impeded only by his inability to keep his thoughts, particularly the mind-numbing ones, to himself.

Still, let it be noted that at least one New Englander remains willing to hold onto Irving’s 25 points per game regardless of his silliness. Unless Danny Ainge has a blockbuster in his sights, the Celtics without Irving will be weaker, regardless of how Irving’s teammates feel about him.

Now that we know Irving well, let us be sensible enough to write off his silliness as a price to pay for his production.

SPEAKING OF TORONTO: The Raptors are NBA champions, slaying the Golden State behemoth. With the Blue Jays 26 years beyond their last World Series crown the Maple Leafs 52 years removed from their last Stanley Cup, presumably this means that Raptors Fever Grips Toronto for the foreseeable futures.

Raptors fans can rejoice, at least until they struggle to retain any relevance after Kawhi Leonard’s departure.

Maybe those fans can also gain some semblance of a clue. Their lack of one was on full display when they cheered lustily as Durant endured his injury.

TIME TRAVEL: June 17, 1974: “The Coffey Post American Legion baseball team split in two games over the weekend.

“Saturday, Coffey Post defeated Rochester, 4-1, behind the combined pitching efforts of Jim Bouchard and Lance Johnson. Yesterday, the Nashua club was edged by Swansey Post, 5-4.

“The win over Rochester was secured in the first inning when Nashua came up with all four runs. The key hit was provided by Dave Savard – a single with the bases loaded. Starting pitcher Jim Bouchard blanked Rochester the six innings he worked before giving way to Johnson in the seventh.”

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_ Alan.