‘Makes Things Work’ – Nets’ Kyrie Irving Emphasizes the Importance of Kevin Durant to the Team

Published 02/22/2021, 8:38 AM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets are favorites to win the NBA title. Even though he signed with the Nets in 2019, Durant spent the entirety of the last season on the sidelines recovering from an Achilles’ injury. And now, despite a small injury, Durant is considered crucial to the success of his new team.

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Kyrie backs up Kevin Durant in his absence

Kyrie Irving spoke to the press after the Nets’ win over the LA Clippers. It was a major win over a potential Finals opponent for the Nets. What made it even more impressive was that the Nets did it without star player Kevin Durant. Despite KD’s absence, Irving doubled-down on the importance of Durant to the franchise.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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“Well, we need him,” Irving noted. “In all aspects, whether he’s on the floor or not, he makes this thing work. We came here with a plan to be able to build something here in Brooklyn. When it is six in a row, all it does is just keep the world silent for a little bit.”

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Irving also added that the franchise is currently experiencing a good period. But the moment they experience some difficulty, there will be questions asked about their ability to play together. However, Irving added that the franchise is looking forward to reaching the major stages and enjoying the journey till that point.

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He said, “Wait until we kind of hit a bump in the road, and then it’s what’s going on with the Nets?’ So I think we just take both polarities and just stay the course and the destination is making it to the main stage and earning our way there first and foremost. Nothing is given, we’re just going to continue to enjoy the journey.”

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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