There's been no love lost between Kyrie Irving and fans of the Boston Celtics since their messy divorce (replete with broken promises) last offseason.
But, to be perfectly honest, pretty much none of the fractures have involved the players on the court themselves -- the locker room is firmly improved in Boston this offseason, but Irving's former teammates aren't sweating him much. They just aren't.
Boston's famously impassioned fans have escalated the Kyrie situation to the point of warfare, however, and gasoline was thrown on their flames this week when his shoulder injury was deemed rough enough to force him out of road battles with the Celtics, Cavs, and Knicks, as well as a home dogfight with Boston.
In fact, this was the No. 1 point of contention when Celtics broadcaster and ultimate homer Tommy Heinsohn accused Irving of actually benefitting financially from sitting out these rivalry games.
Turns out, it's the exact opposite.
Not that $125,000 is a massive sum, but Irving will lose a chunk of his money if he misses 13 of the Nets' contests. Not only does he not have it "written into his contract" that he must earn time off, but his life will actually be worse for wear if he can't play.
You get docked one Tommy Point for misinformation here!