Former Brooklyn Nets Player Details Why Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Will be Under Immense Pressure Next Season

Published 12/07/2020, 2:54 PM EST
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant attend Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)


The Brooklyn Nets are witnessing the return of their superstars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. With these masters back on the court, the Nets are one of the favorites to go all the way this time around.

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Former Brooklyn Nets player Kenyon Martin Sr. recently spoke with the SiriusXM NBA Radio. Martin emphasized on the pressure that rests on the players’ shoulders.

He said, “The pressure on those guys under now is tremendous. They had a decent team last year; they played well without Kevin and Kyrie. And you add those guys into the mix, you are expecting too good things.

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“The basketball in the other part is not doing so well. So all the pressure is going to be on you guys with the names you guys have and the things that they did last year. And to build on that with the roster. We shall see how it mixes.”

He added, “I am pretty sure KD has a chip on his shoulder, not being able to play last year. It’s been a long time since he has prepared into being competitive.

“I’m excited to see him play, I am excited to see the chip that he has on his shoulder, I’m excited to see him and Kyrie play together if that’s going to work.”

“I am excited to see those guys mesh with the other guys. We will see. The pressure is there and I believe that Kevin will give all his force in order to get this team where it needs to be. And that’s back into the Playoffs and back relevance again.”

Can the Brooklyn Nets win the championship this season?

The Brooklyn Nets are a stacked team. Apart from Kyrie and Durant, they have a decent core of younger players like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen.

They have shown that they can make it to the Playoffs without a superstar. Now they have 2 superstars coming back from injury, along with these young stars. That’s scary.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 15: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to the game slipping away against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 101-93 win on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Kevin Durant, meanwhile, has already shown that he can easily operate in a system where he is not the primary ball handler. So the fit between him and Irving is out of question.

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He is also returning from a big layoff, but has looked promising in the practice sessions. He will be eager to prove his critics wrong and produce the goods for the Nets. As for Kyrie, he only played 20 games for the Nets. In those games, he looked pretty good for the team.

The Brooklyn Nets look like an intriguing specimen and with two superstars like Durant and Irving, they are the team to beat. If one of their younger players can step up, and the superstars perform to their best, the Nets can surely win the championship.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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