Kyrie Irving causing ‘real concern’ among people in NBA who know him
The Kyrie Irving saga rages on for the Brooklyn Nets, with a new twist seemingly surfacing every day or with even greater frequency. Now, word has surfaced that the enigmatic superstar’s conduct is quickly becoming a source of concern among those who know him well.
Irving missed his fourth consecutive game Tuesday due to the often cited but nevertheless mysterious”personal reasons.” All signs point to Irving’s absence stretching much longer than the Nets obviously would prefer, as the prevailing belief is that he reportedly “won’t be back anytime soon.”
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, there is now a “real concern” within the NBA about how the Irving situation will or will not resolve itself. Making matters worse, Vardon adds that “few people inside the NBA know what’s going on with Irving,” adding another wrinkle to the ongoing drama.
Given how things have played out over the past week, it’s hardly surprising that the Nets are beginning to feel “unhappy” with Irving as things drag out, and it doesn’t help that their contact with him is said to be “minimal.”
The ever-evolving also involves the NBA’s current investigation into evidence of a maskless Irving allegedly attending a family celebration. Footage of said party surfaced on social media Monday night.
Then on Tuesday night, Irving participated in a video-call launch party for a candidate for Manhattan district attorney, per the New York Post. These events over the past few days come at the same time as Irving being reportedly “off the grid” when it comes to his interactions with the Nets.
It all of course adds up to a complete mess for the Nets. Irving is without question one of the most mercurial players in the NBA, not to mention one of the league’s most complex stars, which makes the situation that much more difficult to read.
Still, Kevin Durant insisted earlier this week that Nets players support Irving “100 percent” despite the distractions, but one has to wonder how long that backing can hold up given how things continue to devolve in such a troubling manner.