Kyrie Irving recounted the ups and downs of eight seasons in the NBA and believes the road traveled brought him home to New York and the Brooklyn Nets. "I'm incredibly grateful to be here. It's been a journey, I've taken numerous steps in different perspectives -- failed and succeeded," Irving said Friday at Nets media day. "First and foremost, I wanted to reach out to Brooklyn to let them know my interest is very high. And I had some pieces that I wanted to bring with me as well. This is the perfect place to do it. "I wanted to get to know the front office in a way that we had longevity and time to jell. ... Really make this feel like home." On his list of priorities in the offseason, Irving said he first had to acknowledge the steps it took to get to free agency. After starting his NBA career in Cleveland and being traded to the Boston Celtics, Irving wanted to understand where he's been, but not let history force his decision. Irving said he feels as if he failed -- but … [Read more...] about Nets’ Kyrie Irving vows to protect Kevin Durant
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Nets' Kyrie Irving day-to-day with facial fracture (Agence France-Presse) - September 26, 2019 - 8:53am NEW YORK – Six-time NBA All-Star guard Kyrie Irving suffered a facial fracture when he took an elbow during workouts, the Brooklyn Nets said Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time). Irving, who won an NBA title alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, is expected to lead a young Nets club after making the jump from the Boston Celtics as a free agent, signing a four-year, $141 million deal. General manager Sean Marks, a New Zealander, had downplayed the severity of the injury when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday, saying the player had been sent to hospital for evaluation because "Kyrie gets checked out like everybody else". The team announced the diagnosis on Wednesday in a statement posted on their Twitter feed. Irving has dealt with facial fractures before. He had to play wearing a plastic facemask for a … [Read more...] about Nets’ Kyrie Irving day-to-day with facial fracture
Kyrie Irving officially joins Brooklyn Nets (Agence France-Presse) - July 8, 2019 - 10:55am NEW YORK – Six-time NBA all-star guard Kyrie Irving signed a contract Sunday (Monday Manila time) with the Brooklyn Nets, finalizing a deal unveiled last weekend to revamp the club that includes obtaining superstar Kevin Durant. The Nets, who inked center DeAndre Jordan on Saturday, added top talent to a solid young playoff team and figure to be even tougher with Durant, who will miss next season after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Irving, 27, averaged 23.8 points, career highs of 5.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.5 steals over 67 games with Boston last season. "Kyrie is one of the NBA's elite guards and has won at the highest level," Nets general manager Sean Marks said. "His championship pedigree, coupled with his gifted scoring and playmaking abilities, will make him an outstanding addition to our … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving officially joins Brooklyn Nets
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is "preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets" when contracts can officially be completed in free agency on July 6, the Boston Herald reported Thursday. The Herald report cited separate sources pointing to an Irving-Nets union but said the Boston Celtics have not been informed of Irving's plans and remain optimistic he could remain with the team. The top pick in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is a six-time All-Star viewed as one of the best players available in a loaded free agent class this summer. Prior to the just-completed season, Irving grabbed the microphone at TD Garden and told a packed house of season-ticket holders he planned to commit to the Celtics long-term. "I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career," Irving said at the time. He said he dreamt of his No. 11 hanging from the rafters one day, joining the retired numbers of legendary Celtics. … [Read more...] about News NBA: Kyrie Irving moving to Brooklyn?
WASHINGTON: Kyrie Irving and Al Horford sparked the Boston Celtics to a 112-90 romp over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday (Apr 28) in the opener of their best-of-seven NBA second-round playoff series.Irving had game highs of 26 points and 11 assists while Horford scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked three shots and led a solid Celtics defensive effort that shut down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo."We came out and made a statement," Irving said. "We guarded Giannis really tough. We stayed very physical with him. He's so good around the rim, that mid-range area, we had to keep him out of there. I think we did a great job."Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but much of his production came late when Milwaukee was already in a 20-point hole.The Celtics, seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference against the club with the NBA's best record at 60-22, shot 54 percent against the league's toughest defensive squad.Boston unleashed a 32-9 run in the third … [Read more...] about Basketball: Celtics baffle Bucks to win NBA playoff series opener