In an enlightening, if not enlightened, interview with UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, Kyrie Irving had a lot to say. He talked about flat Earth beliefs, Duke, the seeming inevitability of his trade to Boston and the movie "Whiplash" (starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons). During the interview, Irving recanted his previous claims that he was trolling the media with his flat Earth statements -- a little. For a refresher, here's what he said at the end of September: Look, look. Here it is. All I want to do is be able to have that open conversation. It was all an exploitation tactic. It literally spun the world — your guy's world — it spun it into a frenzy and proved exactly what I thought it would do in terms of how all this works. It created a division, or, literally stand up there and let all these people threw tomatoes at me, or have somebody think I'm somehow a different intellectual person because I believe that the Earth is flat and you think the world is round. It created exactly that. Presumably all of this was explained at a Dr. Evil-style desk while lowering reporters into a pit of sharks, but I digress. Irving now says that it's just his inquisitive nature to question the spherical shape of the Earth. The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn't to bash science. It wasn't to like have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, like I had questions. When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth — and we haven't been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969 — it becomes like conspiracy, too. OK, so this can go either way. Maybe Irving just wants to ask questions that people aren't asking. After all, saying that something "becomes like" a conspiracy isn't outright calling it a conspiracy.
Celtics star Kyrie Irving expounds on his controversial flat Earth beliefs
CBS Sports | Nov 1