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.Three rebounds per sport whereas capturing 50.four p.c from the sphere and 42.6 p.c from 3-point vary. The issue? He has solely performed seven video games whereas his staff has performed 13.
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 just 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 enjoying?
The Nets proceed to record Irving as out for “private causes.”
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 hold personal,” Nash stated on Jan. 10 earlier than a sport between the Nets and Thunder. “I am certain you will 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 discuss Kyrie. I am going to let him try this for himself,” Durant stated after the Nets-Thunder sport. “I am certain you guys will see him quickly, each time he comes again, and we assist him 100 p.c and pray for the very best.”
What number of video games has Kyrie Irving missed?
Up to now, Irving has sat out 5 video games and is at the moment anticipated to overlook extra.
- Jan. 7 vs. 76ers
- Jan. eight vs. Grizzlies
- Jan. 10 vs. Thunder
- Jan. 12 vs. Nuggets
- Jan. 13 vs. Knicks
Irving missed a Dec. 28 contest in opposition to Memphis, however that was not associated to “private causes.” Each Durant (Achilles) and Irving (shoulder) have been listed as out for “damage restoration.”
When will Kyrie Irving return to the Nets?
It’s unclear when Irving will likely 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 celebration, in accordance with 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 next assertion:
“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 to be able to decide compliance with well being and security protocols. Kyrie stays away from the staff resulting from private causes. A date of his return has but to be finalized. Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to remain targeted on our organizational targets. Kyrie could 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.