Durant mentioned he has not spoken to Irving for the reason that Nets selected Tuesday that their start line guard won’t observe or play with the workforce till he complies with New York Metropolis’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for gamers. However Durant stays optimistic that the scenario “will work out” ultimately.
“Undoubtedly need Kyrie to be round,” Durant informed reporters on Thursday after the Nets accomplished their preseason with a 107-101 win over the Timberwolves. “I want none of these things would occur, however that is the scenario that we’re in. Kyrie made his determination on what he wished to do and he selected to do what he wished to do, and the workforce did the identical.
“It is on me to simply give attention to me, and do my job, and let these two events deal with that scenario. I need our complete workforce collectively, and I need us to be at full power, however generally it do not work out that approach. However I’m nonetheless optimistic that issues will work out the most effective for each events.”
Irving mentioned Wednesday night on Instagram that whereas he nonetheless hopes to play this season for the Nets, he has chosen to not obtain a minimum of one COVID-19 vaccination shot as required by New York Metropolis to play in residence video games at Barclays Middle and at Madison Sq. Backyard, residence of the Knicks.
Irving mentioned he not pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine and that he respects each side. He additionally reiterated that he’s not at odds with the Nets group or making a political assertion.
Durant, who teamed up with Irving to return to Brooklyn in free company in 2019, mentioned he is not upset that he is not in a position to play with Irving because the Nets enter this season with championship expectations.
“We nonetheless get to do [what] we like to do day-after-day,” Durant mentioned. “… This isn’t the best scenario coming into the season. However a few of this, it is out of our management. So, what we are able to do is are available and give attention to our jobs each single day. What’s being mad going to do? We’re not going to alter his thoughts, know what I am saying? We’ll let him work out what he must do and the workforce work out what they should do.”
Durant later informed reporters that “I can not be too mad at someone making a call for themselves.”
“Who am I to get upset at that? Simply give attention to what we obtained on this locker room,” he mentioned. “When [Irving] is prepared, I’m certain he’ll discuss to [team owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks] and so they’ll determine it out and so they’ll inform us. Till then we’re going to maintain grinding.”