Nets’ star guard Kyrie Irving is set to return and play against the Cavaliers. This will be his first game alongside James Harden.
After missing seven consecutive games, Nets’ star point guard Kyrie Iring is set to make his return. The Brooklyn Nets are no longer the same team Kyrie played with the last time. Kyrie Irving is set to take the floor with his new teammate James Harden. Tonight’s match against the Cleveland Cavaliers is supposed to be the first official game the Nets’ big 3 play together.
So Irving’s return to the Nets and debut alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden likely comes with Wednesday and Friday games in Cleveland. Irving has only returned to play once there since his trade to Boston in the summer of 2017 — on opening night in October of that season.
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Kyrie Irving attended the team practice on Tuesday, and according to Head Coach Steve Nash, he will play against the Cavs.
Kyrie Irving explains his absence
After the practice, Kyrie also spent time interacting with the media. This was the first time since his absence that he talked to the media. In his interaction, he talks about why he decided to take a break. He did not talk about his initial absence, neither did he give any explanation for the same.
“When things become overwhelming in life, you just gotta take a step back and realize what’s important,” Irving said Tuesday. “I love to play. That’s never been a question. I committed myself when this wasn’t even a thing for me. I didn’t really care about media, didn’t really care about the fandom.”
“All I cared about was just the ethics of the game and being taught the fundamentals. Now that it’s become bigger, and there’s more of a responsibility that I have in this position I’m in, I’m grateful because I’m able to stand on this platform with others alongside of me that have sacrificed and are going through similar things.”
Kyrie Irving apologizes to fans he disappointed by not playing. “I am back, I am happy to be back, we got some great pieces and we move on and I let my actions and my game speak for itself like I planned on doing. I just needed a pause.”
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Kyrie also apologized to the fans and guaranteed that he is back now. It would be interesting to see how the Nets stars get along and play together.