James Harden breaks silence on Nets’ Kyrie Irving decision
The Brooklyn Nets made a big decision on Tuesday, revealing that Kyrie Irving won’t be able to play or practice with the team until he gets at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That means the Nets could be chasing a title without the third piece of their Big 3, but James Harden doesn’t exactly sound too worried.
James Harden on the Nets’ championship odds/goals without Kyrie Irving: “We’ve still got 2 pretty good leaders.” #Nets
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) October 13, 2021
Indeed, they do. Kevin Durant is arguably the best scorer on the planet, while Harden’s ability to run the offense is second to none. Of course, it would be great for the Nets to have Irving on the floor as well, but he’s making a personal decision and it’s one that Harden fully respects. But, it isn’t changing his stance on what he thinks Brooklyn is capable of. Via Brian Lewis of The New York Post:
Harden: “Kyrie believes in his beliefs& he stands firmly. We respect it, we all love Ky. But we have a job to do, and individually myself, I’m still wanting to set myself up for a championship. The entire organization, is on the same path” #nets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) October 13, 2021
A report surfaced earlier this week that Irving wasn’t actually against getting vaccinated. Kyrie is taking this stance because he is upset with people throughout America losing their jobs over vaccine mandates. Take it for what you will but with that being said, he could potentially cave and just get the jab. If not, he’ll be sacrificing millions of dollars and the chance to compete for an NBA title in 2021-22 with the Nets.
Brooklyn kicks off the regular season on October 19th against the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks.