All signs pointing to Kyrie Irving returning to Nets

Despite a report that the Nets are “outright unwilling” to re-sign Kyrie Irving long term — and speculation about him being traded — all indications strongly point toward a reunion between Brooklyn and its All-Star point guard. Irving has until June 29 to decide whether he will opt out of the final $36.5 million year … Read more

Nets will regret letting Ime Udoka slip from right beneath them

It is a matter of public record that the New York Football Giants once had employees named Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry and Bill Belichick leave their organization without being offered the position of head coach. That fact might be a necessary source of consolation to the Nets if Ime Udoka turns out to be a … Read more

Stephen A. Smith escalates latest round of Kevin Durant feud

There’s a scene in “The Wire” where Detective Carver, speaking with colleagues about the War on Drugs, says that you can’t call it a war because “wars end.” Stephen A. Smith and Kevin Durant have reached a similar status in their years-long back-and-forth. This particular battle began when Smith, on ESPN’s “First Take” earlier this … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant’s ex-teams are thriving without them

In July 2019, Kyrie Irving bolted Boston for Brooklyn, and Kevin Durant left Golden State to join him. And in effect, the two created one of the most dangerous duos in NBA history. Now, the Warriors are back in yet another NBA Finals, while the Celtics are going into Friday’s Game 6 up 3-2 and … Read more

Nets’ biggest obstacle is trust issues

The Nets have talent. But they also have issues. And that’s why they’re at home, long since eliminated from the playoffs while another quartet of teams are still alive and vying for the NBA title. Neither Reggie Miller nor Stan Van Gundy — both covering the conference finals for TNT — was ready to give … Read more

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