So the Nets are on vacation, wiped out by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs for the duo Kyrie Irving – Kevin Durant’s third campaign in Brooklyn.
After three seasons, the New York tandem record is very mixed and the Nets are not the imagined superpower. Admittedly, Kevin Durant got injured the first year and Kyrie Irving had quickly joined him in the infirmary. Last year, injuries to point guard and James Harden plagued Brooklyn in the playoffs. This season, Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status, Joe Harris’ injury and James Harden’s transfer have again torpedoed the team.
Despite everything, Kyrie Irving assures he wants to impersonate Kevin Durant and renew with the club while qualifying for a four-year, $184 million, or five-year, $248 million deal.
“When I say I’m here with Kevin (Durant), it really means we’re going to run this franchise together, with Joe (Tsai, owner) and Sean (Marks, GM)”
“I don’t plan on going anywhere” he explained after the elimination against Boston. “I’m just looking forward to this summer so I can continue to build something with our boys.”
In addition, Kyrie Irving wants to be fully invested in this construction.
“When I say I’m here with Kevin (Durant), I think that really implies that we’re going to run this franchise together, with Joe (Tsai, owner) and Sean (Marks, GM)”the playmaker continued. “And only the relatives that we have in our dressing room, in our club.”
Does that include Steve Nash, who he is therefore not naming, for the 2016 champion? We remember not being a fan of Kenny Atkinson, pushing him and Kevin Durant to the exit, and also assuring that the double MVP wasn’t not really a “head coach” before his eyes.
In any case, Kyrie Irving continues to push for collegial management of Brooklyn’s construction.
“It’s not just about me and Kev, I don’t want it to be just about that. We’re the cornerstones here, but we’ve got a few other guys under contract. And I think this off-season we just need to take some steps, really talk about it, get really motivated about what we’re building, have fun with it and make it enjoyable. †
If Kyrie Irving didn’t mention Steve Nash in his vision for the future of the Nets, Kevin Durant insisted on defending his coach when asked if the Canadian was still the man for the job for Brooklyn.
“Let’s go. Steve has been dealing with crazy circumstances for the past two years. He had to sort out so many things for his first as a coach. The Covid, the exchanges… I’m proud of the passion it has brought us.”
“I know so many people wanted to see us fail, chose us as favorites and have so much to say right now. So I use that as a motivation.
While he wasn’t the only spoiler, Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status has clearly been a major factor in Brooklyn’s troubles this year. The leader, who has only played 29 games this year and was outright kicked out of the team before recovering after the wave of infections in December, has also acknowledged this.
“I felt like I let the team down when I couldn’t play. It became a distraction at times.”
Nevertheless, Kyrie assures Irving that the Nets need to cut themselves off from outside pressure.
“Sometimes I feel like the sound from the outside world, the sound from outside, seeps in. I’m not the type of person to make that happen, so if we’re building as a team, I think we need to be mentally stronger and be more honest about what we want to achieve. There’s so much going on in our dressing room, and since we probably didn’t have a good team balance about what affects us, and enough trust in each other, things could get awkward. We just need to be tested a bit more. †
For the person concerned, this will in any case serve as motivation for this group, which must be able to count on Ben Simmons and Joe Harris next year to finally win this title for which the duo Irving/Durant came to Brooklyn.
“I know that so many people wanted to see us fail, chose us as favorites and have so much to say right now. So I’m using that as an engine for the summer.”