Nick Kyrgios has done dumb things lately and has taken plenty of heat for it—from disappointed fans, from hand-wringing commentators, and from the ATP itself via heavy fines and suspension. They’ll all be tempted to wag their fingers again after Kyrgios’s latest move: pulling out of February’s Rotterdam Open, an ATP 500 tournament, just so he can play in the NBA’s All-Star Celebrity Game, a no-stakes clusterfuck involving quasi-ballers like Justin Bieber and Kevin Hart. But those critics are misguided! Kyrgios’s decision benefits everyone involved.
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