Friday, December 3

Kevin Durant ‘positive’ things will work out between Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets



The Brooklyn Nets concluded their preseason schedule with a 107-101 regulation victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center. The victory improved the team to 3-1 in the preseason, although the victory took a back seat to the post-game media.

It would be the first time Nets superstar Kevin Durant would speak to the media after the Nets made the decision not to allow Kyrie Irving to return unless eligible Tuesday and Irving’s Instagram live on Wednesday by the night.

When asked several questions about Irving, Durant answered all of them with poise.

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Last season, Irving averaged 26.9 points and six assists while shooting 50-40-90 from the field. How would the Nets make up for that kind of loss?

“Over time, we’re going to start to figure out which guys are going to step up and play, fill that void, those minutes, those shots and those opportunities.”

Clarifying that he had not spoken to Irving since the team announcement, Durant indicated that he was not upset with the team’s starting point guard.

“What is he going to do to be crazy? He’s not going to change his mind. “

Nets head coach Steve Nash, who had been answering Irving-related questions in every media interaction since Media Day, expressed a similar mindset of focusing on what’s important with available players.

“I think I’ve pretty much said everything I had to say about it.” Nash said while claiming that he had not listened to Irving’s Instagram Live. “I really want to focus on moving forward.”

As Nash, James Harden, KD and the Nets try to stay focused on their goal for the season, winning a championship, with the roster they have available, they would all be happy to have Irving back.

Durant, who signed alongside Irving in Brooklyn in 2019, was “positive” about things going on between the Nets and the star point guard.

The Nets now have four days off before starting their season on opening night in Milwaukee against the defending champs. Having played the entire preseason without Irving, they should be well prepared, but will the team remain a legitimate title contender if the entire season is lost? Nash believes it But only time will tell.




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