Steve Nash says that he doesn’t know when Kyrie Irving will return to play for the Nets, ahead of their game against the Nuggets.
Kyrie Irving has been all over the tabloids once again as he has refused to suit up for the Brooklyn Nets for the past 3 games. His last game was against the Utah Jazz where he dropped 29 points on 12-19 shooting to lead the Nets to a blowout victory.
In the 3 games Irving has missed, the Nets have gone 1-2, and are currently boasting a 5-6 record, despite Kevin Durant’s return against the Thunder Sunday night.
Superstar teammate Kevin Durant has gone on record to say that the Nets organization “100% supports him” and that he will not speak on Kyrie’s behalf. It seems as though no one on the Nets roster has a clue as to when Kyrie Irving will return to play.
Is there a timetable set for the return of Kyrie Irving?
The reason as to why Kyrie Irving has missed 3 straight games was cited as being “personal reasons”. When asked about when Kyrie Irving could be expected to make a return, Nets head coach Steve Nash said he did not know.
Nash refused to discuss the matter any further, claiming it to be a private one. He will miss his 4th straight game Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. A silver lining for the Nets is that his superstar teammate Kevin Durant will be available to play.
Nets’ Steve Nash says he doesn’t have an update on Kyrie Irving regarding Irving’s status for tomorrow’s game against Denver. Irving has missed the past 3 games due to personal reasons.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 11, 2021
Many have taken to social media to voice their opinion on the Kyrie debacle. Some say that he shouldn’t be allowed to miss games whenever he feels like he can, as he is being paid $33 million to play each season. Charles Barkley is a firm believer in this.
Others believe that he should be cut some slack as he might be dealing with something much bigger than basketball. It is speculated that Kyrie’s absence is in direct correlation to the civil unrest in the US.
From a pure basketball standpoint, barring any health concerns, Kyrie should suit up to play as he is being paid to do so.