I've Concluded That Kyrie Irving Just Isn't Very Funny

  (Getty)

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Thursday night, for their one-game-only “Return to the MECCA”, the Milwaukee Bucks played in their former arena and unveiled a special “retro court” as part of the occasion. It was pretty neat. Just take a look at those colors … and that font! Nostalgia and what have you. Good stuff.

 Competition for social media attention is ruthless these days. Throwback jerseys alone won’t move the needle like they used to. Next logical step is to rebuild entire stadiums for turn-back-the-clock nights.  ( Bucks )

Competition for social media attention is ruthless these days. Throwback jerseys alone won’t move the needle like they used to. Next logical step is to rebuild entire stadiums for turn-back-the-clock nights. (Bucks)

The Bucks hosted the Celtics for the event because Boston is also an old franchise, so beat reporters felt obligated to ask Kyrie Irving for thoughts on the playing surface. You won’t believe what happens next!!

It's an admirable sell job from a veteran in the troll biz. Irving, you’ll remember, earnestly peddled his belief that our planet is flat on his then-teammates’ podcast in February, only to reveal eight months later that it was just “an exploitation tactic”, whatever that means. After you convince the world that you don’t believe a universal truth, playing dumb about the age of some wood planks is small potatoes. “I know it’s a pretty old court. Looks like it’s fresh painted.” Oh, haha. The ole dimwit bit. So wacky.

 When you're playing the whole world like a fiddle but the music doesn't sound good.

When you're playing the whole world like a fiddle but the music doesn't sound good.

That Kyrie was immediately corrected by a reporter was irrelevant to his cause. The charade continued as if he didn’t. It’s clear Kyrie is the type of person who, no matter how his audience reacts, thinks he outsmarted everyone in the room. He is a worse version of the time Joaquin Phoenix pretended to lose his mind.

KYRIE’S FRIENDS: Wait, you actually think clouds are alive?
KYRIE: (satisfied thinking he successfully performed some sort of social experiment)

KYRIE’S FRIENDS: Kyrie, stop. We know you don’t really believe there’s aliens on the moon.
KYRIE: (takes pleasure in getting under their skin)

This is a very annoying schtick! It’s a win-win for him, and there is no enjoyable result for the rest of us: He is either an idiot or a liar. Do not acknowledge his next attempt at this humor.

Though there might be one funny result of this little technique. Saying illogical things just to test people's reactions would certainly explain his rationale for requesting a trade away from LeBron James. That appears to have backfired. |ES|