I am sure everyone has read and have their opinions about Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. No one is admitting who and why this information was leaked but it is obvious who leaked this information has an agenda and I for one would like to know what that agenda is. Regardless of the agenda, I have noticed Kyrie has been receiving some criticism for making this request.

People have asked the question why Kyrie would want to leave a team they can potentially compete for an NBA championship every year. Others believe Kyrie is on an ego trip and just wants to be the main player on a team and does not care about winning. First I disagree if was just about being the main player on a team he would not have listed San Antonio or Minnesota as destination he would like to be traded to.

Believe it or not winning is not the most important thing to some people, maybe being happy is more important. Maybe Kyrie thought winning would make him happy or allow him to tolerate certain things. In my opinion winning championships became part of the measuring stick of a great player with the success of Michael Jordan. Jordan six rings make him the standard in the modern NBA but are Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson and John Stockton not great players because did not win championships. Would Scottie Pippen be 1 of the 50 greatest players if he wasn’t on those Jordan championship teams? Did Kevin Durant join Golden State just to win a championship or did he like the way they play the game? People consider Kobe Bryant to be one step under Jordan, people always refer to Kobe’s five rings but people forget Kobe was in the passenger seat for three of the rings. Winning championship does not define how great a player is, many of the best to ever play the game has not won a championship or may have just won one championship.

What I have recently learned is that money, fame or recognition is not always the best thing in life. For many people the best thing in life is happiness and the pursuit of happiness can make you happy. If Kyrie is making a mistake by leaving Cleveland so be it but a true fan would support him no matter what decision he makes about his career. As far as him being a fool for wanting to leave, only a fool would put what another man deems great over his own happiness.

The NBA is one of the most exciting and successful sports today. The NBA has generated many stars, some who have continued to be celebrities and household names after their playing career has ended. When a player becomes a star in the NBA the player gets endorsement deals, fans wear his jersey, and people line up for an autograph. The player is on top of the world, former players such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley have managed to retain their celebrity status. These players are good for the NBA because fans have developed a long term relationship with these players, children who are now adults associate some of the fondest memories with these players. But never every player career follows the path of Jordan or Shaq.

There are many players who after their playing days have ended chose to remain recluse, such as Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Antonio McDyess. These players have decided to remove themselves from the limelight and spent much of their time with their families. My concern is not the players who choose to avoid the limelight but the players who were pushed out of the limelight. In my opinion, many of the players who were pushed out of the limelight were done so by the NBA. When the player is a top of his game the NBA will parade the player out front, the NBA will do everything they can to ensure that player jersey is selling. The abandonment of the player is not entirely the NBA’s fault, most of the time the NBA is following the lead of the fans. I do not understand how fans can love a player one day and then hate the player the next day.

Remember when players like Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Terrell Brandon, J.R. Rider, Steve Francis and Antione Walker were revered. At one point in their careers, these players were popular and then all of sudden they disappear. In my opinion, these players did not receive their exit out of the NBA that they deserved. I started thinking about this because I see the same thing happening to Carmelo Anthony, fans on social media are being very harsh concerning Melo. All the negative comments about his game is a little frustrating because these fans have no loyalty, he is the same players when the Knicks were atop of the Eastern Conference and the Knicks won 52 games that season. During that winning season, these fans did not have negative comments about his game then so why now. Melo is still a top 25 player in the league, a lethal scorer, and respected by his peers. I understand as players get older they may not be as productive on the court but players like Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade deserve to end their careers with respect and appreciation.

I guess I want fans not to be so fickle, these players have provided years of excitement and entertainment. They deserved to be celebrated throughout their entire career. Just imagine you at work and your boss no longer appreciates the work and the effort you put it work. How would you feel? For me once a great player always a great player