Bedard: When it comes to Kyrie Irving and the NBA restart, the messenger definitely matters, and other Monday musings

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Some musings for a Monday as we've now gone 97 days since a game was played in a North American pro sports league, with some Red Sox prospect talk, the real second-year Patriots player people should be talking about and the return of youth sports in Massachusetts ...

- It's great Kyrie Irving says he's concerned that when NBA players return to action next month, the focus being taken off the much more important protests against systemic racism in this country. He's certainly entitled to his opinion on that. That's a valid concern, even though I think it's misguided since the NBA's return could have the exact opposite effect: with the spotlight largely to themselves for a time, NBA players could keep the conversation going when otherwise it could fade from the public's consciousness.

Still, it's not wrong for Irving to have those concerns and to voice them.

It's just that nobody should take him seriously within NBA circles. Because the messenger matters when it comes to Irving. You can't have his history when it comes to things like this. It's like if Lance Armstrong became the face of anti-doping in cycling ... nobody should listen.

When it comes to Irving, there is one thing that is clear: as soon as he's sucked the usefulness out of something, he looks to blow up his situation and doesn't care who gets hurt by it. It's always about Kyrie.

Irving was so delusional about