The Brooklyn Nets are seen by many as the favorites to win the title, but the latest Kyrie Irving drama has been hurting their championship shine before the season begins. However, New York Knicks icon Charles Oakley thinks he might not even matter. The legendary defender voiced out exactly that to TMZ as he shared his thoughts about Kyrie and Brooklyn.

Via TMZ Sports:

“I think they still gonna win it with him playing this way,” said Oakley on the Nets’ title hopes without Kyrie Irving. “You still have James Harden and KD, two of the top five best players in the league so add him in on the road or wherever he plays it’d be a plus.

But they wasn’t healthy last year. So if James Harden come back healthy this year and if KD healthy, they still can win it even Kyrie only played half the season.”

Take it from a beloved member of the Knicks to spell out what the Nets can achieve.

The Nets had the same trio of stars from last season, but this time around their supporting cast is even more stacked. The offseason signing of Patty Mills gives them a veteran point guard who can more than fill in as a starter if Irving misses any games.

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Then add the guard depth Brooklyn has with Jevon Carter, Joe Harris, and standout rookie Cam Thomas. Those reinforcements offer strong evidence that the Nets are fully equipped to withstand the loss of Kyrie Irving.

Kevin Durant and the rest of the gang would obviously prefer that Kyrie be available for all games, but just as Charles Oakley predicted, the Nets might still be the favorites without him. Consider the point that the Nets barely lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in a seven-game series with both Irving and James Harden hurt. Harden is healthy right now. Merely having two-thirds of the Big Three available could certainly be enough for Brooklyn in its quest to win its first NBA championship.