Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the relationship between the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving.
Just weeks after Nets general manager Sean Marks criticized Irving’s level of commitment, the New York Daily News reports that the team just won’t give him a long-term contract.
According to the Daily News, the Nets’ early exit from the playoffs mixed with Irving’s absence in an ultimately disappointing season soured the team’s stance on whether they wanted the point guard back. In summary, “the Nets’ championship hopes rest on an out-of-court settlement with Irving, whose personal decision not to be vaccinated and unpredictable injury history has left the Nets hesitant, and now, according to a source familiar with the Nets thought process, outright doesn’t want to give him a long-term extension.”
Unsurprisingly, Irving’s decision not to get a COVID-19 shot is top of mind for the team. While Brooklyn seemed eager to get him back on the court during the regular season, his decision was not forgotten no matter how good a player he is. It doesn’t help Irving’s case that he ran out of time before that for personal reasons and left the team stranded.
“That’s the part Irving has to come to terms with himself,” the Daily News said. “If he hadn’t missed so many games for personal reasons two seasons ago, maybe the Nets would have viewed his decision not to get vaccinated as an outlier, just a personal choice in the middle. of a global pandemic that no one saw coming. But Irving succumbed to his emotions after the Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021 and missed two weeks of games. He then missed additional games for reasons that he kept secret.
“Then he refused the COVID-19 vaccine, leaving his teammates suspended, frustrating Harden and forcing his teammates to play beyond their means.”
Hold on to your hats, guys. It’s going to be a very interesting summer for the Nets and Irving.