Kyrie Irving Not Expected To Play This Week

4:27pm: If the Nets determine that Irving has ultimately violated NBA COVID-19 protocols, he will lose approximately $410K for each night missed, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets.

3:45pm: Nets general manager Sean Marks issued a statement on the Irving situation, confirming that the team and the league are “reviewing the circumstances” of the video showing the point guard at a family gathering. Irving’s return date has yet to be finalized, per Marks.

“Kyrie will have the opportunity to address his absence when he is ready to do so,” Marks said.

10:32am: The Nets announced on Monday that star point guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for Tuesday’s contest against Denver, making it the fourth consecutive game he will miss for personal reasons (Twitter link via Tim Bontemps of ESPN).

Asked about Irving’s status on Monday, head coach Steve Nash said he didn’t have any updates, per Brian Lewis of The New York Post.

Multiple reports – from Lewis and others – have suggested Irving’s personal leave has been related to his frustration over social issues, including last Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. However, as NetsDaily details, his absence has become further complicated by new videos that appears to show him celebrating a birthday (believed to be his sister’s) amid a large gathering of people, without wearing a mask.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews (Twitter link) that the NBA is examining those videos. If they’re found to be recent and constitute a violation of the league’s health and safety protocols, Irving would presumably be subject to a quarantine period when he returns to the Nets, like James Harden was last month when similar video emerged of him maskless in a nightclub.

Still, it remains to be seen when exactly the 28-year-old will report back to the team. In a separate tweet, Wojnarowski says sources expect Irving to remain sidelined for Brooklyn’s games against the Knicks on Wednesday and the Magic on Saturday — it’s unclear if his personal leave will extend through those games or if he’ll miss them due to an anticipated quarantine period.

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130 thoughts on “Kyrie Irving Not Expected To Play This Week

  1. Jeff Zanghi

    He is such a selfish and arrogant human being. Taking a week off because he’s “upset about social issues” and then being at a large gathering for his sister’s birthday is just perfect Kyrie behavior. He was a total cancer on the Celtics and it looks like he’s trying to accomplish the same thing in Brooklyn.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Entitled to your opinion, but keep in mind the only details you have are what’s being reported. Might be worth hearing Kyrie’s side of the story? Unless you know him personally.

      • Has Kyrie earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to hearing his side of the story? Has he even tried to give his side of the story?

      • hiflew

        I’ll bite. Please make up any story that you think of that would justify his behavior. It doesn’t even have to be true, but just come up with any “Kyrie’s side” of the story that could justify this.

        Besides, do YOU know him personally? You are making the same assumptions in the opposite direction.

        • Curtisrowe

          I think Kyries side of the story is he doesn’t feel like playing cuz he is mad at how the world is and he wanted to go to a birthday party cuz he likes his sister.

          He DGAF.

      • Chief Two Hands

        I’ve heard Irving’s story…the Earth is flat. Anyone who thinks any of his “social justice” excuses are genuine is simply naive. The guy is just a fool.

      • buttholesurfer69

        FOH w/ his side of the story nonsense. His total lack of character in CLE and BOS have robbed him of a benefit of the doubt at this point

        More generally the league really needs to seriously address players missing games for dubious and/or no reasons.

        If the schedule is too long for these guys then ok – that’s a deliberation the union can make at the next bargaining agreement. But beyond that players should be expected to play in the dam games unless there’s a verified reason why they’re out

        • Little_Dunker_45

          YOU BETTER PLAY SOME BASKETBALL FOR ME OR ELSE!! – buttholesurfer69

          • buttholesurfer69

            I agree man, it’s totally tyrannical to yearn for a world where millionaire basketball players actually play basketball.

            But wait? Have you thought of my side of the story? Unless you know me personally, right?

            • Little_Dunker_45

              Okay tell me your story what happened in your life that makes an NBA player sitting out a few games so devastating to you

              Willing to give benefit of the doubt. I come in peace

              • buttholesurfer69

                Lmao fair enough. We agree to disagree on the merits of Kyrie Irving’s stance on social justice issues.

                Who knows? Maybe he does have a legit reason to miss these games

                • Curtisrowe

                  I like Kyrie because he could care less.

                  I also make fun of him because he could care less.

                  it’s a win/win.

                  • Chief Two Hands

                    The correct phrase is “couldn’t care less.” As in, you could not care at all…you are welcome for that simple education.

                    • Curtisrowe

                      Is that you Grampa? Good to see you messing around online with the kids! Love ya.

      • Dtownwarrior78

        You won’t hear Kyries side of any story, because if you ask him he’s “above” the media and they don’t deserve his time. And I could care less about knowing someone as conceded and self centered as this pampered punk!

      • stlcards0911

        There is no his side of the story…. he left the team in the dark and by not ya know being a not being a responsible adult and at least having the decency to inform his place of employment that he wasn’t showing up… normally I don’t agree with crucifying someone in the media, but this dude deserves everything he gets and more…. what he does for a living is not his RIGHT… it’s a privilege and needs to be treated with a certain level of professionalism… I mean I’m pretty sure that’s probably somewhere in his contract that ya know happens to pay him almost 40 million dollars a year

    • julyn82001

      Well, for what is worth, there is always something with this player-player…

    • JonnyLucas

      Mostly, I feel bad for his teammates. He’s a really selfish guy. You can’t win with that dude unless you also have the GOAT on the roster too.

  2. Little_Dunker_45

    Let’s say we have another 9/11 and a friend of yours died. Your sister is having a baby shower. You’re distraught and stay home from work for a few days, but you still go to the baby shower. Are you an arrogant, selfish, entitled, baby? Or are you a human being?

    • The questions would be what is my history, am I making 35 million dollars this year, and can my employer easily replace me with a comparable person who will provide the exact same results?

        • I would take a 90% 31 year old Klay Thompson before I would take Kyrie Irving.

          • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

            You don’t want the best closer in the history of the league then? I assume because he is one of the worst defenders in the NBA, right?

              • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

                You do know that Steph has never made a game winning/go ahead shot during clutch time in a playoff game, right? He’s something like 0 for 8 in his career, yet you still think he’s a clutch player just like Michael Jordan.

                • Marty McRae

                  Provide that fact – also Steph playing off ball creates wide open shots for his teammates.

            • No I wouldn’t want Kyrie Irving because YOU CAN’T RELY ON HIM for anything other than closing out game 7 of a championship series. That’s why. You really have no idea what you’re getting with this guy over the course of a season or a month even.

        • Marty McRae

          You’re trolling, but one thing you can’t argue is that GSW believes in great team culture and avoids problematic players like that, see: Wiggins, Andrew, 2021, finally breaking out into the superstar he always had in him, playing next to the most selfless superstar of all-time in Curry.

          KD on the other hand, has already proven he can win with GSW, he’s the guy who could be traded for Klay if you’re going that route. But if Steph wins a ring or MVP this year, they probably won’t trade Klay, simply to appease Curry.

          It’s going to be really funny when GSW trades no one and gets the #1 pick from the Wolves in the next draft. 5 more finals on deck, how many times do I have to say it?

      • I think you’re vastly underestimating how hard it is to replace Kyrie’s diva behavior and his ability to to provide long-winded no-substance answers to simple questions!

      • Little_Dunker_45

        Fair points, Gary. The larger point I’m getting at is that these are people, not commodities, even if we are abstracted from them and can fall into the habit of viewing them that way.

    • wagner13

      What would the baby shower have to do with anything? That’s not a necessary event to attend in the middle of a pandemic, especially without a mask. Stop excusing this clown’s behavior

      • ChillFly

        It’s totally logical. His version of therapy could be attending the most important people in his life’s accomplishments… like Birthday’s etc. We don’t know what’s happening with Kyrie apart from a one sided slant against him in the media. One thing all of us fans have learned is media is not to be trusted. Wait to hear from him

        • x%sure

          There won’t be anything to hear justifying.

          And another 9/11 didn’t just happen; that was just another excessively humanist Dunker-45 post, less concerned with humanity than a need to be oppositional.

    • buttholesurfer69

      So you’re equating a riot w/ 5 casualties with 9/11?

      Is this Kyrie’s account?

      • Little_Dunker_45

        Not worth getting into an argument, especially if you consider the attack on the US Captiol “a riot with 5 causalities”. Loss of life vs loss of life, true it doesn’t compare. But there is so much more to unpack. Anyway, was just trying to make a point. Guess it went over your head.

    • hiflew

      That’s a ridiculous comparison. You are not going to pick up a remnant of that 9/11 at the baby shower and possibly spread it to others.

      BTW, if your boss finds out that you stayed home to go to a baby shower, you probably will have more than a few days to go to the next baby shower as well. I know I would fire you regardless of a coincidental friend’s death.

        • hiflew

          No I don’t read. Please explain to me in depth what it is. Use small words so as not to strain your brain too much. It looks like I don’t even need to say that since YOU feel the need to abbreviate a three letter word.

          Sarcasm aside, do you understand what an analogy is?

  3. afsooner02

    Because the 75 million people he’s upset with give a darn if he plays or not…..

      • hoopsaremylife

        yup. da warriors will be even more dangerous if KD returns and also since they got a future superstar in wisemen. cuz nets’ kyrie and KD experiment isnt looking good

      • Little_Dunker_45

        Damn that’s impressive. Look everyone chief #2 hands is cool and smart!

        • nsideindy

          Not really so smart – – anyone could have seen this coming knowing what we know about irving. It’s all about common sense and apparently the Nets don’t have much

          • Chief Two Hands

            Yeah I agree I doesn’t make me smart. Just reminds me that what I consider common sense isn’t so common.
            I maintain that I am cool, though…

            • SheaGoodbye

              “Just reminds me that what I consider common sense isn’t so common.”

              Preach it.

              • x%sure

                Irving was supposed to make others DGAF— but he DGAF’d himself right out of even showing up!
                Dinwiddie will wind up leading the team in street clothes.

  4. Ironmonger835

    Why do they keep bending over backwards for a guy who was nothing without Lebron?

    • Marty McRae

      Kyrie is one of the top 50 players all time whether we like it or not.

      Funny how he went from “having a way better handle than Curry” (which was never true, Steph proving this season he was always the goat) but now he’s “nothing without Lebron” lol never stop klutchpearlsports

    • I’ll tell you why. Because this guy is absolutely unguardable when he’s on. Seriously Unstoppable with the ball. He can win a game 7 for you in the closing seconds if you help him get your team to that point.

      I will go so far as to say this guy is the best closer in the history of the league. I would put the ball in his hands if I needed a bucket over any guy in history. I’m not talking about over the course of a season over the course of even a week. I’m talking I need a bucket there’s 15 seconds on the clock this is the guy I would give the ball to. In the history of the league.

      • Chief Two Hands

        ‘“History of the league…” wow, that is some serious NBA ignorance.

        • Instead of the drive-by derogatory comment why don’t you give me your guy? Give me a name that you would choose.

          • nsideindy

            I’d take anyone in the history of the league over counting on this guy to show up and have his head in the game. Clutch shooter or not (and he’s not), I wouldn’t want him on my team. EVER. But I’d take Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Dwayne Wade, Robert Horry, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Dirk, Lebron, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Sam Cassell…I could go on forever. I hear that they are thinking about changing the name of Cancer to Kyrie

          • buttholesurfer69

            When discussing “closing” I’d like to bring up Kyrie’s exemplary performance when it MIL swept BOS 4-0 in 2018…

            For me I’d go w/ Mike Jordan over Kyrie but that’s just me….

      • Ironmonger835

        You would choose Kyrie over any guy in the history of the league to close out a game? Guess you’ve never heard of Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. lol. That’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.

        • SheaGoodbye

          To be fair, it’s possible Gary was born yesterday. Maybe he is familiar with none of the league’s history nor any teams besides the Nets.

          • I might be wrong but you know what the guy can get it done. But you guys are right it was a bad post I’ll take that. Especially when somebody said Kobe. I clicked send before I thought too much about it. Good points fellas.

      • stevep-4

        I think there is a rich guy in Charlotte who might take issue with that GOAT closer argument.

    • ChillFly

      They’re bending over backward? Funny I see them walking straight. What’s up with you commenters acting like you know every detail of Kyrie’s situation. It’s weird.

      • x%sure

        Assumption error. They (we) don’t need to know every detail of Kyrie’s life… regardless Kyrie should show.

  5. bitterpadresfan

    Kyrie is no fool. I am confident he burned sage around the perimeter of the party before it started. As long as he did that he shouldn’t need to quarantine.

  6. El Don

    Rent free babies!
    Rent free!!!
    Kyrie owns the biggest piece of real state on y’all heads!

    • nsideindy

      And apparently we all own the biggest piece of real estate in your head since you felt compelled to reply. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

  7. hopper15

    This is on the Nets if they keep enabling him. You can’t keep looking the other way like nothing is wrong.

    • ChillFly

      You don’t know enough oof the situation to claim anyone is enabling anyone

  8. Little_Dunker_45

    People complain talented Nets bench doesnt get enough playing time. Then they complain when the starters rest. Think yall just like to whine.

        • hoopsaremylife

          says da video which shows kyrie going to a party maskless in da middle of a pandemic, which means his time may come to an end in brooklyn. who knows wut will happen next now that hes gunna be gone more than expected.

          • ChillFly

            “hoopsaremylife” you are a troll. And you get a F cuz u suck at it. Him spending time with a loved one celebrating an accomplishment of hers… which was turning a year older does not mean he’s doing anything, but what he was doing that night. You don’t know Kyrie’s situation. Chill out because this is really weird.

            • hoopsaremylife

              lol. im just criticizing da way he abandoned his team. he already missed three straight games and bout to miss his fourth one.

        • nsideindy

          Yup…and anyone else that is not a little fanboy. He’s such a punk that he can’t even return his coaches call to find out why he’s a no-show. Maybe you think he fell of the edge of the earth?

  9. KezarMike

    I totally LOVE this thing with Irving … or as Stephen A calls him, “Irvin” … Hope he continues to be “upset” …

  10. Northern Expansion 416

    Nets wanted the popular player & ended up receiving a diva…

  11. Down with OBP

    I’m no Kyrie fan….but people depressed or going through a rough time for whatever reason (world or personal) can still celebrate moments in time. We don’t have to believe him, I’m not sure he has anyone’s trust, but you can even be in mourning and smile at a party on camera for less than a minute.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Thank you. Someone gets it, and put it admittedly better than I did. You guys won’t be getting any more 9/11 analogies from me.

    • wagner13

      I don’t believe most people are insisting Kyrie isn’t genuinely depressed or whatever. It’s about going to an unnecessary and crowded party without a mask in the middle of a pandemic. The association he plays for is struggling with Covid cases at the moment. How irresponsible is it for someone to be going out and risking themselves like that right now?

      • hoopsaremylife

        i dont think kyrie even gives a crap bout social justice if he sneaks off to a party without a mask and risking his life in order to jeopardize his team’s champ contending chances. if he did, he will be like lebron who focuses on the game and also giving his own view on the unnecessary political turmoil and ofc da scary insurrection that wus commited last week.

        • ChillFly

          You don’t think he gives a crap about social justice because he spent some time celebrating the most important people in his life(his family members) birthday parties? What an erroneous opinion.

          Lebron James is a hypocrite since you wanna go there. Talk about China to that guy. As a matter of fact, ask him a question about social justice and hear how much he doesn’t add to the situation. He gives generic, non-commital answers.

          • hoopsaremylife

            bruh imagine going to a party during a pandemic. cant relate. ur literally risking ur life just to that. wut bout china? i dont think he even knows wuts going on. ay man then tell me wus morey talking bout china commiting crimes against uyghurs by setting up concentration cmaps? No, he endorsed da HK protests who were tryna get independence depsite da fact that they’ve already got tons of autonomy. only gobert criticized china bout uyghurs.

      • hoopsaremylife

        lol. nets GM is prob like “I should have traded dis guy way earlier if i knew dis was going to happen. instead i didnt and i missed out a chance on getting linsanity.”

        • El Don

          Wow swapping a legend like Kyrie for one of the worst ever players in the league… that is real maddening, right?

          • hoopsaremylife

            wow wow. choosing a slacking and lazy player over a disrespected veteran is such a good idea

          • hoopsaremylife

            if someone brings up brian scalabrine or cherokee parks or sun yue or joel anthony or anthony bennet, dis mans gunna call them a legend, especially dasgana diop

          • hoopsaremylife

            true but hes injury prone and hes a solid defensive player but i think he lacks shooting

  12. Cap & Crunch

    No denying the talent on the court but theres no way I want him sucking up my cap if Im a GM today

    We are only in chapter 4 of the novel that is Kyrie.
    If you want to put the book down now, feel free, its only more of the same moving forward and theres never a revelation to be had.
    Most of us I imagine will just tune in for the car crashes; alas time is a flat circle

        • x%sure

          Because he looks for reasons to justify being wrong, and you just oppose things on principle?

          BTW as you know, nobody here is a GM, regardless of opinion.

          Feeling bad about the news is not a reason to stop working. Nobody is done favors by being advised to do otherwise.

  13. hoopsaremylife

    dis dude is harden 2.0. im serious imagine bouncing onto ur third team in years man. dude didnt even play half of a season while being healthy and hes already slacking off by violating covid guidelines. lol might as well trade kyrie for derrick rose or something if he can’t even last long on one single team.

  14. DeathbyDeathwest

    I guess trade Kyrie for Harden at the rates those stories are developing.

    After their contracts expire, they can take their toxicness to the Knicks together, and the Knicks won’t understand why no one will celebrate their two stars.

  15. hoopsaremylife

    Lmao ikr. but at least rose doesnt sneak off to strip clubs and parties during the middle of a pandemic. revive his career with da nets via trade since kyrie doesnt deserve to be playing next to another superstar.da pistons can just piggy back kyrie all da way to their 20 wins and he can just rejoined his cavs team and ride da bench until he retires.

  16. hoopsaremylife

    yk wut da nets should do. they should just get a DPE for kyrie well thats impossible but still. they already got dinwiddie out for da season and dis dude is still not concerned.

    • DeathbyDeathwest

      The Nets knew the risks when they gave Kyrie a bunch of money and a roster spot.

      Kyrie is great.. when he plays… and talks to the media… unless he’s talking about his perception of reality.

      Dinwiddle’s injury was unfortunate, but Nets gotta pay the stupid tax on Kyrie.

      • hoopsaremylife

        kyrie, prince, and kurus for rose, grant, and sekou. will that be a good trade? idk tbh

        • DeathbyDeathwest

          Idk Kyrie will goes to Det – he’d take time/plays away from Killian Hayes, and Det seems set on adding/growing talent til Blake’s contract is done.

          Kyrie has to go to a borderline contender or get swapped for bad contract money. He’s in the same boat as Harden now..

          • hoopsaremylife

            true. but i’d trade johnson, shamet, prince, and kurus for rose, grant, and mcgruder(whos prob gunna get waived or put at da end of da bench who knows)
            cuz getting grant means KD can switch back to da 3 where hes primarily good at since gants more of a score first pass second player. well if pistons dont wanna lose grant then da nets could just use da DPE on someone from da market

  17. The Howler

    1. He will probably be stripped of his Collaborative Coach title.

    2. I will give Kyrie credit, he does produce the clicks for the HR site.

  18. DarkSide830

    i can understand a player wanting to take a mental break and I dont blame a player for doing something with family during such a time, but if its paid leave its not really fair to your teammates following protocols and making much less. and on top of all that Kyrie’s past actions have made it hard to assume that his actions arent selfish.

    • ChillFly

      Is it fair to his teammates for him to be there while his head is F***ed up? Think about that.

    • ChillFly

      Think about the other side because you and I don’t really know what’s going on apart from this random media slant.

  19. JonnyLucas

    He owes all of his street cred to the GOAT. This guy is clutch, but you can’t win with him. Because he doesn’t care about winning, being a good teammate, being a real professional… or anything other than himself.

  20. KnickerbockerAl

    Just start fining him. As soon they start losing real money. They all see the sun. Frankly I find divas boring as h… Just makes me glad they are not on my team. How concerned about current events can you be. If partying is higher responsibility than playing for your team. And his teammates are suppose to follow this guy. Bklyn is not going to put with this. Especially if there are no results. Wonder how KD is feeling about signing with Nets now lol.

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