The Brooklyn Nets are 2-3 on the year, a far cry from what most were expecting in the preseason.
Heading into their 2021-22 campaign, the Nets were widely viewed as the favorite to win a championship.
Unfortunately, Kyrie Irving’s absence has weighed heavily on Brooklyn. As a result of New York mandates, individuals who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination cannot participate in home games. Because Irving refuses to get his shots, he cannot play.
This week Irving took to social media to break a two-week silence.
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The post in question features the Lakota sun and earth symbol, a callback to Irving’s Native American culture. What specifically he is trying to say by posting it is a matter of personal opinion. Interpretation has varied, but it seems clear that he has zero intention of returning to the Nets at the moment.
Durant has been an absolute beast so far this year, averaging nearly 30 points on 54.8 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc, as well as 10.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough. James Harden has struggled badly – so much so that Durant even called him out for it this week.
Moreover Durant made a rather public plea to Irving this week, though it remains to be seen how Irving ultimately responds to it.
Now that’s how you dress up for Halloween. https://t.co/RHhA4zmCGV
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 29, 2021
Clearly Brooklyn needs Irving back. He is an instrumental part of their championship aspirations. But for now, he’s busy doing other things.
Will that change at some point in the foreseeable future? Time will tell.