The NBA world is impatiently awaiting the return of Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn's star guard has been away from the team following his Jan.5 outing against the Utah Jazz for a number of reasons.
While he was expected to return on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks, both the team and fans will apparently have to wait a bit longer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who stated that Irving is still conditioning his body back to game shape.
This will be the seventh consecutive game Irving has missed since January 5. https://t.co/0laEEZehL1
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 18, 2021
Irving was under fire from the league office after videos surfaced of him being seen at a family birthday party while maskless. The videos came about in the midst of Irving's already-absence from the Nets. Irving was subjected to a quarantine period before being able to rejoin the team and also fined for the games he missed.
There are also a few reports stating that Irving was protesting the Capitol riots that occurred earlier this month while meeting with political figures via Zoom meetings. Either way, the six-time All-Star is reportedly excited to rejoin his team–though it won't be the same one he left behind.
After acquiring James Harden, quite a few pundits felt as though Irving could end up being the odd man out if the Kevin Durant-Harden duo continues to flourish even in Irving's return.
There were a number of reports both now and in the offseason that suggested that Irving was one of the voices that stated his disagreeing with the Nets pushing for the Harden deal.
As it stands, he could possibly be correct in his take given the lack of depth the Nets currently possess.