Kyrie Irving Opens Up About James Harden Trade from Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets have dealt with a wide range of drama this season, both on and off the court. Point guard Kyrie Irving has been dead smack in the middle of it all and earlier this week Irving discussed some of what's gone on this season including seeing James Harden be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Irving met with the media earlier this week and had this to say about any hard feelings towards his ex-teammate:

If that's what James wanted, then I respect his decision, and that's just what it is. I wish him nothing but peace and love. We have a great friendship, but it didn't work out. I wish things could have been communicated better for all of us as men, but hey, no hard feelings here with me or anyone else.

These comments come as a bit of a surprise as Harden was reportedly quite critical of Irving and his vaccination status which only allowed for him to play road games this season. Meanwhile the Nets guard did admit he wished him and Harden talked about it more and got further explanation to why he wanted out of Brooklyn. 

The Nets are 4-7 since the deal and Ben Simmons, the key piece from the 76ers has yet to suit up with a bad back. Some question if it's from all the sitting this season. As for Irving's feelings towards Philadelphia's new superstar, it's apparently nothing but brotherly love.

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