Brooklyn Nets Legend Explains Why Kyrie Irving’s Return Is Essential For Their NBA Championship ambitions

Published 12/04/2021, 10:37 PM EST
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) celebrates with forward Kevin Durant (7) after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Brooklyn Nets roster might not be reflected on the conference standings. Despite his absence, Brooklyn is still the top seed in the East. However, several NBA experts, fans, and legends of the game feel that in a series of 7, they need Irving to be unstoppable.

In simple terms, the consensus is that James Harden and Kevin Durant cannot win a championship without Irving’s presence.

Kerry Kittles, the Nets legend, has supported this narrative. He feels that in the modern era of basketball, a third star on the team is necessary to win a championship. This is what he told Scoop B of Bally Sports about the prospects of the championship ambitions of his former team.

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Nets legend explains how Kyrie’s absence affects James Harden and Kevin Durant

While talking to Brandon Robinson of Bally, the Nets legend had some opinions about the current roster in Irving’s absence.  He said, “No they need Kyrie, they definitely need Kyrie. I just think it just puts too much pressure on those two guys. I think in this era nowadays you need three stars, you definitely need three high caliber players that can control the game with the ball in their hands” 

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Further, the Nets legend added that Irving’s presence is extremely important in the post- season. He mentioned that the Nets might be able to make it to the Eastern Conference final without him, but they require his presence nevertheless.

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Do the Brooklyn Nets need Kyrie Irving to win a championship?

Kevin Durant is currently having an MVP caliber season. However, James Harden is admittedly taking his time to adjust to his new role as the primary playmaker. For Harden, it will not take long to be fully comfortable in his new role. Nevertheless, can this duo carry them all the way to championship glory?

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The other question remains however: is Kyrie Irving’s return necessary for them to win a series of 7 games in the playoffs? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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