It took less than 15 minutes on the Brooklyn Nets media day to show why they will be front and center in the spotlight throughout the season.
First, we learned that Kyrie Irving would not be available on Monday due to health and safety protocols. This doesn’t come as a real shock considering recent reports on Irving’s COVID vaccination status.
Irving’s absence was unexpectedly filled by legendary late-night host David Letterman, who stepped forward to act as a reporter on behalf of “Basketball Digest.”
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Letterman wasted no time getting into the action, asking Durant several questions.
In addition to this hard-hitting journalism, Letterman also asked Durant if he would be willing to play for the Knicks on Nets on days off and if playing against the Pelicans “makes him laugh.”
Letterman’s unexpected cameo aside, Durant was also asked more serious questions about Irving’s vaccine status and his potential impact on the team. “It’s on Kyrie. It’s his personal decision… I expect that won’t be a problem. We have confidence in Kyrie and I expect that we will have our whole team at some point. . “
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Reporters also asked Durant about his extension and ongoing contract negotiations for Irving and James Harden. “I just wanted to be here. I thought this was the perfect time for me to be here. The three of us talked about playing together for a long time, but their decisions are in their time.” Durant signed a four-year extension of $ 198 million during the offseason that keeps him under contract in Brooklyn until the end of the 2025-2026 season.
After media day, the Nets leave for San Diego where they will hold training camp. The Nets’ first preseason game will take place on Sunday, October 3 against the Lakers.
Brooklyn opens the regular season Oct. 19 against the Milwaukee Bucks in a rematch of their second-round series.