Nets Notes: Irving, Losing Streak, Harris, Vanterpool, Harden

Kyrie Irving said the Nets don’t need to push the panic button despite a seven-game losing streak, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. Brooklyn was blown out by Utah on Friday.

“It’s really just where we are, facing reality, that we’re not winning ballgames right now,” Irving said. “And we got to kind of get out of that hole with just one win and then start a new streak from that point. But no time to feel like our season is in doomsday or we need to push the panic button at all points, but we have to face reality that a lot of guys, a lot of my teammates, we’re still getting to know one another, how we play, what’s our spots, offensive and defensive tendencies.”

We have more on the Nets:

  • According to a StatMuse tweet, the Nets should be in panic mode. No team that has suffered a losing streak of seven games or longer has ever won the NBA championship. Brooklyn is 2-8 since Kevin Durant was sidelined by a sprained MCL in his left knee.
  • Reports surfaced this week that Joe Harris might need a second surgery on his ankle. Harris is hopeful that won’t be necessary, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “In my mind, I’m confident that I’ll be able to get back,” he said. “I’ve been optimistic through this whole thing. I haven’t really lost faith in the fact that I’m going to be able to come back and play, and that’s the same spot that I’m in right now. I’m not going to just completely give in on what’s going on.”
  • David Vanterpool was passed over for the head coaching job with the Timberwolves in the middle of last season. Now a Nets assistant, Vanterpool is confident he’ll eventually get an opportunity, as he told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “I am still going to be a head coach one day,” Vanterpool said. “I know I am. I’m qualified to do the job.”
  • A group of writers from The Athletic take a look at a potential James Harden trade to the Sixers, breaking down the financial implications and potential pieces Brooklyn could acquire.
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