Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving made his debut at Barclays Center on March 13 in the team’s game against the New York Knicks. But as a spectator. Irving had the best seat in the house to watch teammate Kevin Durant score 53 points in a 110-107 win over the Knicks. When asked about Irving’s remaining part-time status, Durant criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his decision not to lift the New York City private sector powers that are barring Kyrie from competing.
“It’s ridiculous,” Durant said via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I do not understand anything. Having a few people in our arena is unnecessary, right? They raised all that in our arena, didn’t they? So I don’t understand… I don’t understand. It feels like at this point someone is trying to make a statement or some point of view to flex their authority. But everyone here is looking for attention and that’s what I feel like the mayor wants right now, is some attention. But he will soon find out. He’s better. ”
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Kevin Durant’s response to backlash for confronting Eric Adams
Following his comments to the Mayor of New York City, Durant released a statement Monday, detailing his thoughts in more detail.
“The past two years have been a difficult and painful time for New Yorkers, as well as a very confusing time given the changing landscape of rules and mandates. I appreciate the Mayor’s duty in front of him with all that the city has been through,” said Durant. every Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
“My disappointment with the situation does not change the fact that I will always remain committed to helping the communities and cities in which I live and live.”
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Irving missed the first 35 games of the season after the Nets sidelined him for his decision not to vaccinate, which used to be a requirement for anyone entering the Barclays Center. But as COVID cases in New York City continued to decline, the vaccine and mask requirement for people inside the Barclays Center was lifted.
However, because New York City’s private sector powers are still in effect, Kyrie has not yet been eligible to participate as a player in the Brooklyn Nets home games. But Irving was still allowed in the building and even sat on the bench and attended team practice sessions. It’s a wrinkle in the quest that Durant says makes no sense.
“But it doesn’t make any sense. There were undisturbed people in this building. We have someone who can get into the building, I guess, they’re fearing for our safety? I don’t get it,” Durant told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We were all confused. Pretty much everyone in the world is confused at this point. At the beginning of the season, people didn’t understand what was going on, but now it looks stupid.”
Irving’s status was a cloud over the Nets all season. And with the knockouts less than a month away, and the Nets still hoping to avoid a make up match to end the season, every game Irving doesn’t qualify for increases the odds of the team being suffered a loss they couldn’t stand. It will be interesting to see how the situation plays out in the end.
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