The drama surrounding Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving not enjoying at Barclays Middle as a result of he’s unvaccinated towards COVID-19 continues to be an overwhelming headline within the hoops world, particularly as a result of Irving has performed very effectively when he’s allowed to take part.
When requested what the playoffs can be like if Irving cannot play full time, teammate Kevin Durant admitted an enormous a part of the profitable method can be lacking.
“If [the vaccine mandate isn’t lifted], we would be lacking an enormous piece of our crew,” Durant mentioned, by way of ESPN. “However we have nonetheless received to go on the market and play the sport. We have been saying that regardless of who’s on the ground, you’ve got nonetheless received to go on the market and play and hoop. We might like to have Kyrie on the market, being on the market, but when they are not, the remainder of the blokes simply received to go play and stay with the outcomes. I feel we’re all snug with that.”
Irving has impressed within the 19 video games he has participated in, averaging 27.7 factors, 5.three assists, and 4.7 rebounds. Discovering that success when allowed to play makes sitting out house video games extra irritating, Durant mentioned.
“He is pissed off in not having the ability to play,” the 12-time All-Star mentioned. “I am positive he misses enjoying in entrance of a house crowd and the house crowd, vice versa, they miss him. So hopefully we get it found out quickly.”
No matter when Irving is allowed to play full time, Durant thinks Brooklyn’s window for making a deep playoff run will likely be open for years to come back.
“I am not guaranteeing that we received a championship [this year],” Durant mentioned. “However I similar to what we’re constructing. And I am not going to say that is the one yr we have a possibility to battle and work in the direction of one thing. I do not suppose subsequent yr we have to start out all the way in which over and check out to determine what is the subsequent iteration of the Nets. I really feel like we will simply construct on what we have now and see what occurs. We received guys which are dedicated and need to be right here.”