Mike Krzyzewski has expressed his gratitude and extended his support towards Kyrie in the aftermath of that Anti-Semitism saga. While Irving is still facing some backlash for his earlier comments on the Jewish community, he continues his journey for education and dialogue.
Coach K voiced his support for Kyrie by saying, "I love Kyrie. I have a great relationship with him. He's really smart and really talented, and as a result of having this exposure, his own shoe, which now, Nike has stopped their relationship, it's a different world. It's tough, unless you're with a person all the time, to see how all that has influenced. But with me, I love him. I'm in his corner and I'm here to help him if he feels like I can help him."
This love and support from coach K come after having known Kyrie for a long time.
Coach K and Irving's connection.
Irving was scouted by Coach K to attend Duke University while he was a high school point guard. Irving spent a year playing for Krzyzewski before joining the NBA. Their friendship extended beyond college basketball, as Krzyzewski served as Irving's coach for the United States team at the 2014 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics.
Kyrie has always spoken highly of coach K and expressed gratitude towards him for making him the player he is today. At the FIBA World Championship, Kyrie Irving, born in Australia, had the option of competing for their under-18 national team. Coach K ultimately led to Irving representing the United States and helping him take home the gold medal.
Kyrie is making a comeback for the Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets will host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center on Sunday. The addition of Irving back into the starting lineup might provide Kevin Durant, who has been carrying the load alone for the past eight games, some immediate scoring backup.
Another offensive danger is back, so Durant should have more opportunities to score. There may be rust issues for a player who hasn't played in eight games, but Kyrie Irving usually plays well after taking a break. Only the second time since taking over will Jacque Vaughn have his full lineup on Sunday