Tuesday, November 30 2021

Nets players who spoke with The Ringer seem unmoved by Irving’s vaccination status. Vaccine holdouts have caused an uproar in corners of the internet, but the Nets themselves don’t seem like a distracted group. Not yet, at least.
Source: Kevin O’Connor @ The Ringer

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Just caught DVR of Blake Griffin on “Late Night.” Griffin on normalcy at NBA arenas: “Hopefully we’re back and people get vaccinated and come to games.” No mention of the Kyrie situation, unless that was Blake’s way of….. nah. Understandably, he wasn’t about to touch that. – 10:22 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Michele Roberts tells me she believes the number of unvaccinated players will be down to a dozen in a couple of weeks. But she’s ready to fight the NBA on docking pay because of missed games. Kyrie Irving stands to lose the most money nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…9:11 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Solo news pod on Ayton’s extension negotiations, the latest on Simmons, Kyrie, and vaccination around the league, and some injury news duncdon.supportingcast.fm8:47 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant isn’t pushing Kyrie Irving to get vaccinated amid #Nets mess. #nba nypost.com/2021/10/06/net… via @nypostsports8:26 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
For the evening crew, Kevin Durant and Steve Nash weighed in on the Kyrie Irving situation today as the Nets had another practice without their star points guard. theathletic.com/2872739/2021/1…7:37 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
“I will say you guys need to stop focusing on the 20-plus players who are not vaccinated”: Union boss doesn’t like the Kyrie Irving narrative nypost.com/2021/10/06/nbp…6:13 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kevin Durant told reporters in Brooklyn that he’s ‘envisioning Kyrie being a part of our team. Maybe I’m just naïve, but that is just how I feel.’ espn.com/nba/story/_/id…6:11 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Kyrie Irving is an inspiration – especially to folks who want to get paid a lot while working part-time – 5:34 PM

The Jump @_Talkin_NBA
Let’s say Kyrie Irving doesn’t play this season. Are the Nets still favored to win the title?
#NBATwitter5:10 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
It’s time to talk worst-case scenario, because that’s where the Nets and Kyrie Irving are headed. For @NYDNSports:
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…4:54 PM

Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Superteams are so dumb. Kyrie Irving might not even be a part of the Nets and their championship odds in most everyone’s mind will hardly change. How do professional athletes, presumably as competitive as anyone, continue to want to reduce the level at which they have to compete? – 3:21 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nets’ certainty in having whole team available when the season starts diminishing with Kyrie Irving absent again.
“As it stands now, no,” Steve Nash said. “So we’ll see what happens.” – 3:09 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
#NBA union boss doesn’t like the Kyrie Irving narrative nypost.com/2021/10/06/nbp…2:41 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
More Durant on Irving: “I’m envisioning Kyrie being a part of our team. Maybe I’m just naïve, maybe; but that’s just how I feel. But I think everybody here has that confidence in themselves and our group that if we keep building we can do something special.” – 2:39 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant said he hasn’t counseled Kyrie Irving with his current situation because he doesn’t go out giving advice. It’s a personal situation and he wants Irving to be a part of the group. Durant said Irving is a special player and “it’s hard to duplicate what he does.” – 2:38 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s absence: “I’m envisioning Kyrie being a part of our team. Maybe I’m just naïve, but that’s just how I feel. But everybody here has that confidence in themselves and our group, that if we keep doing it we can do something special.” #Nets #NBA2:24 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
New column: Kyrie Irving wants to stay away? Let him, Nets ⬇️
marcstein.substack.com/p/kyrie-wants-…2:11 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
I will not be bullied into an anti-Lakers sound byte this year, @dpshow. Full conversation, w/latest on Kyrie, Simmons: youtube.com/watch?v=4ldJ2-… pic.twitter.com/K8dwMfcvLj2:05 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash said he hasn’t spoken to Kyrie Irving about workouts when he’s not with the team. Appears whatever Irving is doing away from the facility in on his own. – 1:34 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
POLL: If Kyrie Irving doesn’t play a single game this season, are the Nets still the favorites? – 11:26 AM

Kyrie Irving @KyrieIrving
Be still and know…. – 11:02 AM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @ForbesSports
The Brooklyn Nets Remain NBA Favorites Even As They Prepare To Be Without Kyrie Irving For Home Games for the ‘Foreseeable Future’
forbes.com/sites/adamzago…8:32 AM

More on this storyline

“It’s definitely out in the Twitterverse more than it is in our locker room, without a doubt,” Marks says. “All I can tell you is what he’s told everybody: It’s a private matter, and he needs to talk to the right people and figure out in his close circle what he wants to do.” -via The Ringer / October 7, 2021

If Irving remains unvaccinated, the Nets could soon be faced with a decision on whether they’ll allow Irving to come and go with the team in and out of New York — or just keep him sidelined all together, sources said. -via ESPN / October 6, 2021

Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash said the Nets don’t plan to move practice out of their Brooklyn facility, to say…Long Island or New Jersey, in order to get Irving able to join them. “This is our home, this is where we’re going to practice.” -via Twitter @Alex__Schiffer / October 6, 2021

Source: Yahoo Sports

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