Calling it a “difficult” but “sound” decision, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash addressed the team Wednesday and began the process of moving forward without Kyrie Irving.
A day after the Nets decided not to allow their starting point guard to practice or play with them until he complies with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Nash and star guard James Harden said they would gladly welcome Irving back but are ready to move on for now.
“Everyone had their say,” Nash told reporters after Nets practice about the decision-making process. “It takes time to make decisions like that. This is a difficult decision. But I think it was a sound one and one that makes complete sense to everyone.
“We are just going to move on, and if things change, it would be incredible to have him back in the fold. It was a tenuous situation to have a player in and out like that. There’s more clarity, and we can focus on the future and get going.”
General manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that he and Nets owner Joe Tsai decided to end the uncertainty surrounding Irving and not let him join the team until he gets at least one vaccination shot as required by New York City’s mandate to play in New York. Irving was allowed to practice with the Nets at their private team facility in Brooklyn but could not play in any games in New York City unless he got at least one vaccination shot.
Harden said that he and Kevin Durant spoke with parties involved in the decision and that he wants to win a championship and feels the organization is aligned. Harden added that he has not spoken to Irving since the decision was made on Tuesday.
“Sean [Marks], Steve [Nash], me, KD, Kyrie, we all had conversations,” Harden told reporters. “Kyrie believes in his beliefs, and he stands firm and strong on that. And for us, we respect it. We all love Ky. But as far as us, we have a job to do.
“Individually, myself, I am still wanting to set myself up for a championship,” Harden continued. “And I feel like the…
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