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’ 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’ 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’ 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

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

Nets offseason hinges on Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving questions

After the Nets meekly bowed out of the playoffs following a disappointing first-round sweep by the Celtics, Kevin Durant acknowledged this offseason is going to be a pivotal one for the organization and its championship window. And despite Kyrie Irving’s tone-deaf comments that he, Durant, owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are part … Read more