When Will Kyrie Irving Return? NBA Analyst Gives an Update on Nets Superstar

Published 01/13/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks to pass during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports


Kyrie Irving has had a tendency to attract controversy ever since he joined the league. The same thing happened a few days ago, when Irving apparently decided not to play for the Nets due to personal reasons. At the time, no one expected it to become such a huge headline as he was listed out due to personal reasons.

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But things started turning south when it was revealed that the Nets had no clue about Irving’s whereabouts. In fact, the Nets’ fixture against the Nuggets was the fourth straight game that Kyrie missed. Right now, everyone wants to know just one thing: Where is Kyrie Irving?

Is Kyrie Irving returning to the Nets soon?

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Dec 18, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball away from Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Following his sudden disappearance, a video surfaced of Kyrie Irving enjoying his sister’s birthday. Although it is not confirmed if the video is new or old, the league is currently reviewing it. Meanwhile, NBA analyst Malika Andrews discussed Irving’s chances to return to the organization this week. She said:

The expectation is that at a minimum Kyrie Irving will miss not only today’s game against Denver but also on Wednesday tomorrow at the New York Knicks. And then also hosting Orlando on Saturday. Those games again he is expected to miss.”

Recently, the Nets have faced a lot of injury troubles, due to which they have struggled to find a stable footing early on this season. They recently got back their superstar Kevin Durant, who was out because of NBA health protocols, but with Irving being out for an extended period, they are back to square one.

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What does Kyrie Irving’s absence mean for the Brooklyn Nets?

Jan 12, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) dunks against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This year, the Brooklyn Nets are aiming for the NBA Championship. However, with a bumpy start to their season, things are not looking great for the team. As of now, they are exactly at .500 record with 6 wins and 6 losses in their first 12 games of the season.

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Luckily, their schedule looks light for the upcoming games, if they can get over .500 record in Irving’s absence, it will be the best-case scenario for the team. But can Kevin Durant achieve that all by himself? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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