A report from Jackie MacMullan about the Brooklyn Nets already observing the "mood swings" of Kyrie Irving surfaced this week, which led to questions of whether he's motivated to change the perception people have in him.

“Human beings have mood swings," said Irving. "It’s okay to have mood swings. I don’t have to perfect... My teammates know who I am. I am proud of who I am.”

Kennt Atkinson had already come to the defense of Irving.

"That is completely false. In strictly speaking in my observation and my experience with him so far, it's absolutely not true ... from my perspective, I give Kyrie an A-plus in his consistency and his spirit," said Atkinson.