‘Want Him Here for the Whole Thing’: Kevin Durant Opens Up on Kyrie Irving’s Return to the Team

Published 10/10/2021, 3:03 PM EDT


Brooklyn Nets have assembled a strong roster during the summer. They have never won an NBA championship, and their best to date is their division title, which they won back in 2006. Now, though, they have the likes of Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, among others at their disposal.

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However, they could miss one member of their big three when the season starts. There were reports that Kyrie could miss the home games this season at Barclays Center. However, recently he has been cleared to practice, which is a positive sign for the Nets.

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However, the Nets would want to feature their strongest lineup every game this season if they plan on winning this time. Kevin Durant recently gave his thoughts on this issue and what’s ahead for Irving.

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Kevin Durant wants Kyrie Irving for the ‘whole thing’

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently expressed his thoughts on the Kyrie Irving issue. He said that he wants everything to be settled fast, as they would need Kyrie this season.

“That’s always tough when guys are in and out of the lineup, especially a starter like Kyrie. I don’t know exactly what the plan is going forward right now,” Durant said.

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“I’m sure they’re still making decisions. That’s a better question for Steve (Nash), Sean (Marks), and Kyrie, and they’ll fill me in when they make a decision. I’m going to keep playing and keep focusing on what we’re focusing on in the locker room and once that gets figured out, we move forward.”

“At least he can practice, but we want him here for the whole thing. We want him here for games, home games, practices, away games, shootarounds, all of it. So, hopefully, we figure this thing out.”

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The preseason has already started and the Nets have gathered two wins from two games so far. However, the Nets started two players of their ‘big three’ in their last preseason game against defending champions Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets won the game 119-115 at home. Durant led the scoring charts against the Bucks with 18 points and Harden managed 8 points.

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However, despite the Nets winning two preseason games against the Lakers and the Bucks, the talking point in the circle was Kyrie Irving. But before their second game, Kyrie was allowed by the city administration to practice at the team’s training center. Kyrie is eligible to play against the Philadelphia 76ers when the Nets visit Wells Fargo Center on Monday. But there’s little or no clarity over his participation in the game.

 

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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