Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving insisted he was happy to rejoin his team after a two-week absence,. Two weeks ago, Irving was unavailable for the Nets and team head coach Steve Nash did not reveal much, saying that Irving was out due to personal reasons.
When asked what specifically was the season and when he would come back, coach Nash said we would soon hear from Irving himself Irving missed five games while away from the team and two more games while conditioning. "I'm back, I'm happy to be back," Irving told reporters.
"And we got some great pieces and we just move on and I let my actions and my game speak for itself like I planned on doing. Just needed a pause."
Outside stuff affecting Irving
Irving played his last game on January 5 and the following day a mob of President Donald Trump supporter's stormed the US Capitol.
Irving acknowledged that he has to make a "separation" between current political and societal events in the US and playing in the NBA. "If you don't create that distinction," Irving said, "then it's easy to feel the weight of the world while you're going out there and playing.
So, I'd be lying sitting here and saying I don't feel what's going on in the world, nor am I paying attention to it. I just have a huge responsibility, I feel, to continue to serve my community and the underserved.
And when I'm out here playing, it's continuing to leave knowledge with these guys and commit to something, like I always say, bigger than ourselves." "When things become overwhelming in life, you've just got to take a step back and realize what's important," Irving said.
"And I love to play -- it's never been a question. I've committed myself, when this wasn't even a thing for me." Nets fans were frustrated that Irving was absent without a clear reason and Irving acknowledged he understood their frustration.
"I started off as a fanatic. I've been invested in this organization since I was a kid. My commitment has always [been] to bringing something special to Brooklyn," Irving said. "It wasn't just a championship.
It was unity, equality, just bigger things than just the game itself. It took quite a while and quite a few valleys to get back home, initially. So for me, I'm just taking every day, just being grateful."