Kyrie Irving found himself in hot water this week after promoting a book many believe to be antisemitic.
The Brooklyn Nets star would then on to double down on his actions in a contentious and heated press conference with the media on Saturday.
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After a drama-filled year and subsequent summer, many were hoping Irving would return to basketball this year with a newfound focus. In the process, there was optimism that the Nets could compete for a title.
Six games into 2022-23 and Brooklyn is already 1-5.
On Saturday, Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant was asked whether Irving was a distraction for the team.
“Absolutely not,” Durant replied.
“It only impacted you guys and everybody outside the locker room.”
Kevin Durant: “We lost four games in a row? I must be excited about that? Of course, we’re PISSED. We enjoy basketball. We like to win, though. Of course, when we lose the game it’s going to be a somber mood in the locker room.” pic.twitter.com/9FqXO6NSLi
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That said, Durant did acknowledge that the team was tired of losing.
“We lost four games in a row?” he said.
“I must be excited about that? Of course, we’re pissed. We enjoy basketball. We like to win, though. Of course, when we lose the game it’s going to be a somber mood in the locker room.”
It’s an ugly scene all the way around.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/RvN4QaNj7n
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Obviously the season is still young and anything can happen. But this is an awful start for a franchise some thought could compete for a championship.
Will Brooklyn be able to turn things around at some point in the foreseeable future?
Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.