Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving is not mad that John Wall questioned the validity of his All-Star votes, he actually kind of agrees with him.
Irving says he has no beef with Wall using him as an example of why the Washington Wizards point guard feels the NBA’s All-Star voting system is flawed.
Wall called it a “joke” that Irving had more votes than him despite having only played a handful of games last month.
“There were no ill-will emotions. There was no personal beef between John and me,” Irving said, via Cleveland.com.
“I respect him as a player, as a point guard in this league, and as a great player in this league. So for him to say that, the All-Star becomes a popularity contest and what the fans want to see. So their respective opinions [are] based on that.”
Irving has missed the majority of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured kneecap.
Despite that, Irving had the second most votes (138,191) among Eastern Conference guards, behind Dwyane Wade (300,595), when Wall made his comments.
Wall was fifth at that time with 103,094 votes.
Irving sure looked like an All-Star on Monday, scoring 25 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists in the Cavs’ 122-100 win over the Toronto Raptors.
The two point guards will meet in Washington on Wednesday.