Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has acknowledged that he wants Kyrie Irving back to the team as he hopes the two sides will work out things and that the star guard will return to the team as soon as possible. New York City mandates all individuals who want to attend indoor events to be vaccinated.
The whole Nets has been vaccinated, everyone except Irving. The Nets didn't want to have Irving only for away games so they sent him home until he decides to get vaccinated. "Definitely want Kyrie to be around," Durant told reporters on Thursday after the Nets completed their preseason with a 107-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"I wish none of this stuff would happen, but this is the situation that we are in. Kyrie made his decision on what he wanted to do and he chose to do what he wanted to do, and the team did the same. "It's on me to just focus on me, and do my job, and let those two parties handle that situation.
I want our whole team together, and I want us to be at full strength, but sometimes it don't work out that way. But I am still positive that things will work out the best for both parties."
Durant insists he is not mad at Irving
"We still get to do [what] we love to do every day," Durant said.
".. This is not the ideal situation coming into the season. But some of this, it's out of our control. So, what we can do is come in and focus on our jobs every single day. What is being mad going to do? We are not going to change his mind, know what I'm saying? We'll let him figure out what he needs to do and the team figure out what they need to do."
In 2019, Durant left the Golden State Warriors and Irving left the Boston Celtics so they could team with the Nets. Durant insists he is not mad at Irving because of the situation in which he put the team. "I can't be too mad at somebody making a decision for themselves," Durant added.
"Who am I to get upset at that? Just focus on what we got in this locker room," he said. "When [Irving] is ready, I am sure he will talk to [team owner] Joe [Tsai] and [general manager] Sean [Marks] and they'll figure it out and they'll tell us. Until then we are going to keep grinding."