Report: Kyrie Set to Return Tonight

16 games into the NBA season, it appears we’re set to enter another new episode in the soap opera that is the Brooklyn Nets. According to several reports and the team itself, indefinitely suspended point guard Kyrie Irving has fulfilled all the conditions for his return and will hit the court for the team’s game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Irving was suspended for sharing the link to a documentary on social media which used false research and quotes for the purpose of spreading antisemitic stereotypes. Stretching back to last year, when Irving missed out on all the team’s home games for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brooklyn has gotten very little in the way of playing time from the star point guard, which has impacted their performance and ability to build chemistry. The Nets have gone 5-3 in Irving’s absence, lifting them to a 7-9 record which is still extremely disappointing considering the preseason expectations for the squad.
The media has had a field day covering the Nets this year, from Kevin Durant’s trade request to Kyrie’s comments, Steve Nash’s firing and Ben Simmons’ continued inability to find his old all-star form. Irving’s return should take some heat off of Durant, who unloaded on his teammates in a recent interview where he complained about the pressures that come with leading a weak roster. It’s easy to forget, under all the controversy, there’s still an extremely talented group of players here.

Brooklyn and Memphis play at 7:00 P.M. The Grizzlies won their first meeting of the season, 134-124.

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