Kyrie Irving, N.J. native and potential future Knick, is still peddling his ‘flat earth’ nonsense

Kyrie Irving’s absence had a major impact on two NBA teams this season. If he was still on the Cavaliers, they probably wouldn’t have been completely demolished by the Warriors just yet in the NBA Finals. And if he hadn’t gotten injured, his current team, the Celtics, almost assuredly would have beaten his old team in Cleveland and gotten to the Finals.

But Irving was traded by the Cavs and suffered a season-ending knee injury in Boston, so he’s had plenty of free time. And, as we learned in a recent New York Times interview, the West Orange native, former St. Patrick star and soon-to-be free agent who may want to sign with the Knicks still isn’t ready to accept the Earth is round, and his prior instances of thinking out loud on the subject appear quite genuine.

… I was never trying to convince anyone that the world is flat. I’m not being an advocate for the world being completely flat. No, I don’t know. I really don’t. It’s fun to think about though. It’s fun to have that conversation. It is absolutely fun because people get so agitated and mad. They’re like, Hey man, you can’t believe that, man. It’s religious, man. It’s just science. You can’t believe anything else. O.K.? Cool, well, explain to me. Give me what you’ve known about the Earth and your research, and I love it. I love talking about it.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Saturday

Gardner finished 2-for-3 and has a seven-game hitting streak, tying his season-best. He’s also got a hit in 14 of his last 15 games since May 18.

Over his last 21 games, he’s hitting.364 (32-for-88) with 13 extra-base hits (seven doubles, two triples, four home runs) and 11 RBI.

His.268 batting average has jumped 70 points since he hit.198 with a putrid.578 OPS through his first 29 games.

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