Kyrie Irving’s 2020-21 marketing campaign began with a bang. The Nets guard scored an environment friendly 26 factors in a season-opening win in opposition to the Warriors, then adopted that up with 37 factors in a Christmas Day victory in opposition to the Celtics.
The 28-year-old is averaging 27.1 factors, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per recreation whereas capturing 50.4 % from the sphere and 42.6 % from 3-point vary. The issue? He has solely performed seven video games whereas his crew has performed 11.
Irving has not been a part of Brooklyn’s lineup since collaborating in a Jan. 5 contest in opposition to the Jazz. There have been rumors and hypothesis surrounding Irving lately, however little in the best way of concrete data.
So what is going on on with Irving? Here is what we all know (and do not know) about his mysterious absence.
Why is Kyrie Irving not taking part in?
The Nets proceed to listing Irving as out for “personal reasons.”
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash has spoken to Irving, however he has constantly stated he doesn’t need to share particulars about his conversations with the six-time All-Star.
“Ky’s nonetheless on private depart, and all of the communication with Ky between the group, I’ll preserve non-public,” Nash said on Jan. 10 earlier than a recreation between the Nets and Thunder. “I am certain you may hear from him in some unspecified time in the future.”
Kevin Durant, who joined the Nets throughout 2019 free company together with Irving, additionally declined to get into specifics.
“I will not talk about Kyrie. I am going to let him try this for himself,” Durant stated after the Nets-Thunder recreation. “I am certain you guys will see him quickly, each time he comes again, and we assist him 100% and pray for one of the best.”
What number of video games has Kyrie Irving missed?
To date, Irving has sat out three video games and is predicted to overlook a couple of extra.
- Jan. 7 vs. 76ers
- Jan. 8 vs. Grizzlies
- Jan. 10 vs. Thunder
Irving missed a Dec. 28 contest in opposition to Memphis, however that was not associated to “private causes.” Each Durant (Achilles) and Irving (shoulder) had been listed as out for “injury recovery.”
When will Kyrie Irving return to the Nets?
It’s unclear when Irving shall be again in motion not solely as a result of he hasn’t given a proof for his absence, but additionally as a result of he could have breached the NBA’s well being and security protocols.
The league is conducting an investigation into a video of a maskless Irving celebrating at what seems to be a household birthday celebration, based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. If the video is confirmed to be current, Irving could must quarantine in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 pointers.
Movies have surfaced of Kyrie Irving at a big birthday gathering alongside his sister, Asia.
Kyrie’s sister & dad have birthdays this week.
— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) January 12, 2021
Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks addressed the video on Jan. 12 with the following statement:
“We’re conscious of a video on social media that includes Kyrie Irving at a household gathering. We’re reviewing the circumstances with each Kyrie and the NBA as a way to decide compliance with well being and security protocols. Kyrie stays away from the crew on account of private causes. A date of his return has but to be finalized. Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to remain centered on our organizational targets. Kyrie may have the chance to deal with his absence when he’s prepared to take action.”
Moreover, Wojnarowski and Andrews reported that there’s “no perception” Irving will return for Nets video games performed the week of Jan. 10. That might imply he’ll miss upcoming matchups with the Nuggets (Jan. 12), Knicks (Jan. 13) and Magic (Jan. 16).