Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets has been fairly muted thus far.
After an extended period of time where folks were questioning whether or not he would play this season, Irving came back at the beginning of January. In his four outings thus far, all on the road obviously due to New York’s vaccination mandates, he has averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
The Nets are 2-2 in the four games Irving has played thus far.
While Irving hasn’t been particularly interesting on the court this season – he continues making headlines off it. This week, he raised some eyebrows when he made a pretty serious allegation against Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Last year when the Nets and Bucks faced off in the second round, Irving ended up missing the latter half of the series after injuring himself in Game 4. How did he get injured? By landing on Antetokounmpo’s foot and rolling his ankle.
Apparently, Irving believes Antetokounmpo intentionally tried to hurt him there.
Kyrie Irving was discussing his injury in the second round of last year’s playoffs used air quotes when saying Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot “just happened to be in the way.”
— Kristian Winfield #NFTAllStar (@Krisplashed) January 17, 2022
It’s worth remembering, this is what Antetokounmpo said after that injury occurred:
So does Irving’s allegation have merit? It’s hard to say. This isn’t the first time someone has made a claim like this against Antetokounmpo.
Giannis would never do that … he’s too humble pic.twitter.com/mvxb44OFOf
— Mo (@osicash) January 18, 2022
Big picture, obviously Irving isn’t afraid to make some waves. He was very honest in regards to what his biggest fear about returning was. Similarly, he has been pretty open about his vaccination plan going forward.
If there’s one thing you can count on with Irving, it’s that he will keep it real.
Kliff Kingsbury is having a rough week. https://t.co/NonD3EtPmX
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 18, 2022
That said, just because he believes Antetokounmpo’s play against him was dirty doesn’t make it so.