Kyrie Irving’s trade request didn’t surprise Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups likely sensed Kyrie Irving’s unhappiness in Cleveland, but the reason for turning down an executive position with the Cavs was more complicated for the former Pistons star.

To an extent, Billups turned down the team president job in Cleveland for the same reason Irving wants to be traded.

Um, it was a unique experience. I went with no expectation, no view on what it’s supposed to be like. I usually go to places where I at least have a view in my head. India, I’m thinking I’m going to be around palaces and royalty and gold ā€” basically thought I was going to Dubai. Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough. It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That sā€” was really, really dope to me.

His comments made headlines in The Indian Express, and the Financial Express, which claimed the NBA All-Star said nasty things about India. These articles, among others, spread across social media and sparked a bit of an outrage towards the NBA Finals MVP.

Less than a full day after his comments were made public, Durant released an apology. He felt people didn’t really understand the message he was trying to get across. Essentially they focused on certain parts of the quote while ignoring other parts.

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