I was just thinking about how Kyrie Irving spit on his contract by refusing to play, and I noticed: considering that Irving probably already had lots of money and was set for life, there was a simple way to both do what he wanted and respect the contract he signed his name to: retire. Not easy for a player, but simple and obvious.
I used to think Irving was brave (if ignorant), because he was willing to give his opinion even though he had to have known people would laugh at him. I was wrong. Retiring rather than taking a vaccine he didn't want would have been considerably braver than publicly holding to an ignorant opinion. He didn't have that in him.
The Lakers are welcome to this guy.
You make a lot of assumptions about players character.
I'm not saying Kyrie is a good guy, I think he's a headcase, but he didn't exactly "spit on his contract". He was and is willing to play, he just asked for a trade. He didn't play a lot last year because he refused to get vaccinated and the Nets refused to play hard ball by refusing to pay him. They ended up using him on road games, which was their choice.