ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose turned heads on Wednesday, when it was revealed he voted for Nets star Kyrie Irving for All-NBA third team.
Irving, a three-time All-NBA honoree, was his usual dynamic self when available this season, but he was limited to just 29 games due to his vaccination status.
Needless to say, few expected Irving to receive any votes recognizing him as one of the league's 15 best players given his light resume.
Rose addressed his surprising ballot on the airwaves prior to Wednesday night's Game 5 between the Heat and Celtics. The former Pacers star turned broadcaster admitted it was a mistake.
"I need to fall on the sword, because I'm the lone person that voted Kyrie Irving third team All-NBA," Rose said.
"I get mesmerized by his talent, but it was a mistake to put him on third team. And I'm glad that didn't cost Trae Young his spot, who deserves it more. So I'm gonna own that."
Rose expressed regret over his vote, but he didn't exactly explain it.
Was it a stunt, or maybe just a mail-in job? He wouldn't be the first to be guilty of either, but it doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the process.
For Young, it was his first All-NBA nod.
Irving, meanwhile, is apparently facing the prospect of a potential split from the Nets after it was reported that the team was unwilling to offer him a long-term contract extension.
The seven-time All-Star holds a heft player option for next season, but it seems unlikely that he'd exercise it when he could likely get multiple years in free agency.