Kyrie Irving returned to play in January 2022 but only part-time - he will only play away games. But, for fans, it’s better than not enjoying his All-Star skills at all. We all had high expectations for Brooklyn, but the Nets aren't exactly what everyone thought they could be with Kyrie.
The Nets are 4-6 with Irving on the court, and frustrations are mounting with a six-game losing streak, highlighted by a tough loss by the hands of the lottery-bound Sacramento Kings. Irving claimed other teams are simply playing the best basketball of their lives against Brooklyn, but Kendrick Perkins passionately disagreeed.
The truth is that now is the best time to play the Nets because the team is still finding the right balance with Irving on the roster. Plus, Kevin Durant is sidelined with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Meanwhile, James Harden was rumored to be getting frustrated with Kyrie’s part-time availability and allegedly wanted to explore options in the offseason.
Nets still need Kevin Durant
You’d think Brooklyn has more than enough firepower if Kevin Durant gets sidelined, but the recent slide in the standings proves the Nets are still KD’s team. Even with Harden, Irving, Blake Griffin, Patty Mills, and LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup, Brooklyn stil struggles without The Slim Reaper.
For Kyrie, he must accept the reality that it isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Chemistry is an essential ingredient in every championship-caliber team. Brooklyn is still trying to get everyone on the same page with all the injuries and off-court drama involving their Big 3. To be fair to Kyrie, he is not the only solution to the myriad of problems the Brooklyn Nets have. So thinking everything will get sorted after he returns created unwanted pressure on the rest of the players.
Instead of seeing what the other teams are doing against them, Irving should focus on what they need to do. After all, that's the only thing the Nets can control.