Kyrie Irving admitted it felt good to be back on the floor as he is looking forward to the rest of the season. On Sunday, Irving returned to action after being suspended for eight games following his promotion of a movie full of antisemitic material.
In his first game back, Irving had 14 points and five rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 127-115. "It felt good. It felt good. I missed my teammates, missed the coaching staff. It felt good to get this game out of the way.
Now we can move forward with the rest of the season," Irving said, per ESPN. After the game, Irving was asked whether there were any plans on his side to file a grievance regarding the suspension he served. "I got to leave that to my legal team and leave that to the warriors I have around me.
I have some strong people, men and women around me, that are going to do everything possible to make sure that I'm protected, my family's protected, and we protect one another. So I'm sure some things will be done in the future, but there's no timetable on that right now," Irving answered.
Kyrie Irving would like to have more freedom
When Irving posted about a movie full ot antisemitic material, it didn't take long for him to receive a backlash. "I would like to be on a platform where I could openly share how I feel without being harshly criticized, or being labeled.
Or dealing with outside perceptions that have nothing to do with me," Irving said. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was thrilled to have Irving back in the lineup. "It's always nice to just focus on the game. We understand the circumstances around our game now.
Our league is getting bigger, there's so much attention on it, so every little thing might get blown up nowadays, so as much as we can just focus on playing ball and keep growing as a team, I think our fans can get behind that.
I think you guys will get behind that as well. So we just want to keep stacking up good days, see what happens," Durant said of Irving returning to the team. The Nets now have eight wins and nine losses. It remains to be seen if the Nets can go on a winning streak now that Irving is back.