The Kyrie Irving situation continues to give the Nets something to talk about. The player was the central theme of the media day Due to his absence due to not being vaccinated, since New York City does not allow access to sports venues without at least one dose, and the last to speak on the subject has been Jos Tsai. The owner of the Brooklyn team assured that he respects the decision of the point guard, but also made it clear that he hopes that he will finally change his opinion to be able to fight for the ring.
“Kyrie talks about this being a personal decision, and I respect that,” he said in a statement to Brian Lewis, a journalist for the New York Post. But we should also not forget what our goal is for this season. What is that goal? What is the purpose that we have set for this year? It is very clear: win the championship. And the teams that aspire to win the championship need all their members to push in the same direction.
So I look forward to seeing Kyrie play every game and win a championship with the rest of his teammates. It would be the best result for everyone », he concluded.
Even varnished with understanding, these statements seem to show that Tsai is not satisfied with Irving’s attitude. There is no doubt that if the point guard missed all 41 home games (plus the corresponding playoff games), New Yorkers would suffer a serious setback, and given the high expectations generated they cannot afford to go for the ring by halves.
Rumors have recently emerged about the discomfort that the player’s attitude was generating in the franchise, and these statements from its owner seem to point in that regard as well. It certainly doesn’t seem like the best environment to start the season.
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