That’s an estimate that has been confirmed so far in the young season, with Irving making himself available to speak to the media on Monday for the first time this year.
Typically, that would be a run-of-the-mill proclamation, but Irving avoided all previous availabilities he was supposed to attend since training camp began and instead chose to issue a written statement on December 5 in an attempt to get his point across. more clearly. . This led to the NBA fining him $ 25,000 each, and Irving responding by posting on Instagram, calling for the money to go to charity and apparently labeling the media as “pawns.”
“The focus is on what’s happening and asked here in my work. I wanted to make sure that was clear, ”Irving said when asked to share his previous written comments. “No distractions, nothing to dispel, nothing to go back and forth, nothing to call one person or another, not even to refer to [the media] like pawns. That’s really how I felt about the mistreatment of certain artists, when we come to a certain platform, when we make decisions in our lives to have full control and ownership.
Whether or not Irving wants to take on the media, the recent turmoil is a lot to drop on any head coach before even a single meaningful game has been played, let alone a rookie yet. getting her feet wet. And new bench boss Steve Nash was quick to admit Monday that a more experienced version of himself might have handled circumstances differently, with the current iteration choosing to give Irving his space.
“I didn’t tell him about the media situation,” Nash said. “Maybe I should have. Maybe if it was second or third year I would have done it.
Even so, Nash didn’t seem at all upset when talking about his budding relationship with the mercurial playmaker.
“He’s been amazing at camp, he’s been a leader,” Nash said. “It was amazing to see him play every day. … From a coaching standpoint, our relationship has been amazing and it’s just going to grow.
Irving, too, had nothing but positive things to say about the two-time former MVP and Hall of Famer, whom the Nets hope they can bring out the best in Irving’s opener.
“Steve was amazing,” Irving said. “It’s really a reflection of the type of person he is and the IQ he has for the game. It commands respect and it’s not just coming in and being a typical rah-rah trainer, being all over us, it’s just giving us a comfortable space to grow, communicate, brainstorm.
“You have an MVP twice to coach me. You know, I think I have to pick up on my comments about the head coach a few months ago.
Those comments, which came on a podcast, included Irving stating that he “didn’t really see us having a head coach” shortly after Nash was hired, which led many to speculate that the great Canadian might. be for a long season.
No matter where Irving has played throughout his career, turbulence off the field ensued. Whether it was his clashes with LeBron James in Cleveland or his attempts to be a leader in Boston, things have always reached a breaking point.
But maybe now on a squad with some of his good friends in Durant and DeAndre Jordan, and with one of the greatest playmakers of all time as a coach, Irving can find a new level of comfort. to match his immense talent at court.
“Kyrie is a lot easier to train than playing against,” Nash said with a laugh. “He is so talented, intelligent, creative, his skill level is out of the ordinary. … I don’t remember him being as explosive as he was. He was a good athlete but he was really impressive in his ability to cut distances, create space, explode in gaps and everything. He looks amazing so he’s fun to watch and fun to train.