Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving finally got a chance to play alongside his teammate Kevin Durant and he hopes that's only the beginning of something special. Both Irving and Durant signed with the Nets in 2019 but two-time NBA champion Durant missed the entire last season as he was recovering from an Achilles surgery.
Irving didn't have a dream debut season with the Nets either as he was also hampered by injuries and missed a good number of games. On Sunday, Irving and Durant played alongside each other in a Nets uniform and showed why many expect them to be one of the best duos in the NBA.
Irving scored a team-high 18 points, while Durant added 15 points in a 119-114 win over the Washington Wizards. "It's a different show, it was a different stage, and it's a new beginning in terms of what we're building," Irving said, per ESPN.
"And moving forward with the pieces that we have here. And that includes 7-11, so get to know us."
Irving respects Nets head coach Steve Nash
"Steve's been amazing," Irving said. "He kind of commands the respect.
I think I've got to take back my comments in terms of the head coach back a few months ago. But it's just like, man, we have such a great synergy. Everyone feels like we're coaching one another to be better, so I'm grateful for that."
Irving violated the league's media rules when he decided not to speak with the media during media availability. As a result, Irving and the Nets were fined $25,000. "The focus is on what's going on in here," Irving said when asked about not speaking to reporters previously.
"And I wanted to make sure that was clear, no distractions, nothing about dispelling anything, nothing about going back and forth." Irving responded to the fine on Instagram: "I pray we utilize the 'fine money' for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently...
I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more." When asked about his comments, Irving elaborated: "It's really just about how I felt about the mistreatment of certain artists when we get to a certain platform of when we make decisions within our lives to have full control and ownership ...
We want to perform in a secure and protected space." The Nets play their next preseason game later this week against the Boston Celtics.