When Will Kyrie Irving Return? Steve Nash Finally Drops an Update on the Brooklyn Nets Star’s Plans

Published 01/19/2021, 2:22 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks to make a pass in the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are yet to employ their ‘Big 3’ on the court, and the moment will soon come to treat NBA fans. Kyrie Irving has been the missing piece in the puzzle, and his comeback will make the Nets a tougher force to reckon with! 

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James Harden and Kevin Durant have joined forces, and their impact is already taking the league by storm. However, fans are eagerly awaiting Kyrie to join his teammates and bolster the Nets’ offense. 

Steve Nash comments on the return timetable of Kyrie Irving 

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Kyrie Irving got off to an energetic start to the 2021 campaign, but things quickly turned wild. The 6-time All-Star is currently under scrutiny for his recent actions, but the Nets will soon have his services. 

Irving has missed 7 straight games, and his extended absence is not going down well with the fans. The 28-year-old also received a fine for breaching the league’s COVID-19 protocols and had to sit out a couple of games due to safety measures. 

However, there is good news in that regard, as Kyrie Irving is back with the Brooklyn Nets in training. SNY’s Ian Begley reported that Irving practiced with the team ahead of their fixture against the Cleveland Cavaliers

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

Nets’ Head Coach Steve Nash updated on Kyrie’s availability and mentioned that the point guard is “expected” to feature against his former team. If it happens, it will be the first time we’ll see James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving play together as teammates. 

This destructive trio needs no introduction as they’ve cemented an individual identity for themselves with their talent. But it would be interesting as to how this new-look Nets team functions with 3 vibrant superstars on the starting lineup. 

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Will the Brooklyn Nets thrive with Kyrie on the team?

Undoubtedly, yes. There’s a lot of chatter about Kyrie Irving’s “unprofessional” attitude due to his recent actions, but Kyrie as a player and a teammate is outstanding. At his best, there’s nobody that can put up with his handles, and he’s a natural shooter. 

Irving won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Nets’ game against his former team will mark Kyrie’s debut as James Harden’s teammate.

Interestingly, if Kyrie plays, it would be just the 2nd time he’s playing at the Cavs’ home arena since moving to the Boston Celtics in 2017. 

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Dec 25, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) passes the ball with Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart (36) defending during the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

More importantly, we’d get to see just how good of a show Durant, Kyrie, and Harden can put up. They’re the 3 of the best offensive players in the league, and one can’t help but wait for the moment to arrive. 

To close out the subject, Kyrie Irving will definitely fit in as an essential part of the team once he returns. The Nets need him to get past the finishing line, provided how good he is when it comes to clutch. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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