Kyrie Irving, Nets GM Sean Marks yet to talk contract

Nets general manager Sean Marks said the team hasn’t had conversations with Kyrie Irving yet about the mercurial star guard’s contract, adding they’ll see if staying together is “the right fit.” Marks met with the media last week, and also recorded an interview that aired on YES Network on Monday. He addressed Irving’s $36.9 million … Read more

Immaturity cost Cavaliers ‘more championships’

Kyrie Irving discussed why he asked out of Cleveland just a year after winning a title, and how the blowback he got in the aftermath shaped who he is today. The Nets star — who has a decision to make next month on whether to opt-in to the final year of his Brooklyn contract — … Read more

Nets, Ben Simmons committed to working together on rehab

Ben Simmons and his camp will sit down with the Nets and hammer out a plan for the ensuing months, one intended to put him on the best path to both physical and mental health and a successful return to the court. “We will work together with the Nets on a summer plan,” a source … Read more

Sixers the real losers in James Harden-Ben Simmons trade bust

In February, the question was who won the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade. Now it’s a question of who lost it worse. And right now, Philadelphia has a Harden problem. The former MVP passive-aggressioned his way from the Nets to the Sixers back in February. But Harden’s season-ending performance on Thursday was so putrid that people … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving problem no one’s fault but Sean Marks

Kyrie Irving was not physically in the room when the Nets conducted their public autopsy Wednesday in Brooklyn, but he was very much there in spirit. Team management has clearly decided it is time to confront Irving on his commitment to the championship cause, and in theory, any right-minded fan would say, “Amen to that.” … Read more

Nets leaders have a lot to answer for

The second round of the NBA playoffs aren’t even finished, but the Nets have been eliminated for more than two weeks, and already are looking toward the next season. Nets general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash (yes, he’s still employed) are expected to address the media Wednesday for the first time since their … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving on being in middle of vaccine debate: ‘Life of a martyr’

Kyrie Irving, while admitting he felt at times he was letting his Nets teammates down by not being able to play for parts of this season, still described himself as a “martyr” for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine despite heavy criticism. “I was not expecting a mandate to be brought down in a way … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving never felt fully himself during season

Kyrie Irving has admitted that during his time away from the Nets, he had no idea if he was going to get cut or traded away. And even after he did return, he never felt fully himself. “I never felt like I was back,” Irving said on “The ETCs with Kevin Durant” podcast. That may … Read more

Nets, Barclays Center’s losses are costing Joe Tsai millions

Nets owner Joe Tsai cannot easily fire players after a disappointing season on and off the court, but he can sack the CEO, which officially happened this week. The question is whether his demands are too high or the Nets should be doing better financially. The Nets and Barclays Center lost between $50 million and … Read more

Stephen A. Smith fed up with Kyrie Irving in 6-minute rant

Stephen A. Smith provided 24 hours’ notice that he was going to deliver a rant for the ages about Kyrie Irving, and the man fulfilled his promise. Smith, who promised a response to Irving’s series of tweets Thursday that ripped the media as puppets for a racist society, spoke on ESPN’s “First Take” on Friday … Read more