Kiri Irving won’t play with weddings or practice until she’s a full participant – either through vaccination or by changing a local mandate – it was announced Tuesday. This begs the obvious question: What awaits the nets?
Over the years, Networks have supported the “next man” mentality. So who is this guy really?
Men are more likely to be, plural. After all, Irving is a superstar, a rare member of the NBA’s 50-40-90 club, and no network can replicate him.
“He’s a unique player, so it’s going to be hard to repeat what he brought,” Kevin Durant said. “But professional sport has to do with the‘ next man ’mentality, so we expect the guys to reinforce this role as much as possible.
“He’s a special player. We want him to be a member of this group. But a lot is not at our disposal and we let him decide for himself. That doesn’t mean I don’t want him on the team. He’s one of the things we do. a big part. But the guys have to act in his absence. “
Just because nets are so good at withstanding Irving’s loss – in the short term, in the long run, or for good – doesn’t mean they want to deal with them. But Irving put them in that predicament.
The Nets signed Patty Mills as a free agent and excluded $ 5.9 million in taxpayers for the former Spur sale. He is the prototype of the sixth man and has to keep Irving out of James Harden and hand over the role of backup defender.
Holdover Bruce Brown – the qualifying offer has been retained – started against Harden in Philadelphia on Monday and could be the most logical option for head coach Steve Nash. He’s the Nets ’best perimeter defender, he fills Harden well and has averaged 19.6 minutes before the season so far before the rest of the game on Thursday.
Jevon Carter was bought from Phoenix, who considered himself not a good distributor. But Harden has to play that role, and as Mills backup defender, Carter showed even more skill than Nash expected. He’s a nervous defender, hit 40% depth in two years with the Suns and scored 16 points in Philadelphia on Monday.
Rookie Cam Thomas has struggled to adapt to the rotation, despite his clear attacking gifts. But the first-round pick, who turns 20 on Wednesday, could play in the microwave if Irving doesn’t give up.