The Nets Are Still Figuring Out How To ‘Make This Work’ With Kyrie Irving

PHILADELPHIA — Kyrie Irving not only didn’t play to the 76ers in Monday’s 115-104 preseason loss, but also didn’t travel with the Nets, while it was his last chance to play before their regular-season opener on October 19 in Milwaukee. Was. .

“We’re just trying to navigate this thing,” Steve Nash said of Irving leaving home to train. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So I guess really it is… we’re just trying to take our time to figure out what everything means.

“New information seems to come in every week, and we are trying to navigate not only the information, the parameters, but also what is coming down the line, what it looks and feels like and how we are going to make it happen. What can we do for it. This work and all those things. That’s all.”

After Irving refused to comply with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, he cannot play at Barclays Center, meaning he can only play two of his four preseason tilts.

Irving could miss more than half a season if he is confined to games outside New York. At the moment, the Nets are not actively talking about reducing the star’s role, or whether to allow her to become a part-time player. But any discussion would involve Kevin Durant, James Harden, general manager Sean Marks and, possibly, owner Joe Tsai.

“We have a beautiful collaborative environment. I think we all think and discuss it and make sure we are making a decision that suits the group,” Nash said. We’re so far from that right now, I guess we’re trying to take things day by day and learn as much as we can about what it looks like [like]. This is pretty phenomenal, if we have information we’ll let you know. But there is nothing to decide yet.”

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving
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The Nets looked chaotic in their 26 turnovers against the Sixers. He allowed 55.9 percent shooting through three quarters, before going into fourth after 100-73 on Bench’s cosmetic run.

“No o. We’re screwed,” stashed Nash. “Obviously, we didn’t play well. And it happens. Guys have been great. Although the days we’ve been together, they’ve been great and have brought it. [Monday], was sluggish, steps slow, and had poor performance.”


Paul Milsap, who was initially doubtful to play on Monday due to health and safety protocols (contact tracing), was cleared and scored six points and scored five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

“You don’t realize how much two days affect you until you’re out in the trenches,” Milsap said. “The first half felt really bad. And the second half, starting to warm up, loosened up again. “

DeAndre’ Bembri (dental procedure), Devonte Kakok (right groin pain), Nick Claxton (illness) and Lamarcus Aldridge (rest) were all out.


Brooklyn signed Jordan Bowden and Brandon Rachael, but both are expected to be waived and end up with G-League Long Island.


Philadelphia’s Seth Curry (rest), Tobias Harris (knee), Tyrese Maxi (adductor), Shaq Milton (ankle), Grant Rieler (knee), Mattis Thiebull (shoulder) and Ben Simmons all sat out, but the latter showed up to the arena. And took a COVID-19 test, a sign the relationship between him and the 76ers is melting.

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