Kyrie Irving on vaccine stance: I'm praying we're able to come to some collective agreement

Kyrie Irving on vaccine stance: I'm praying we're able to come to some collective agreement

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Kyrie Irving on vaccine stance: I'm praying we're able to come to some collective agreement

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Brian Lewis: Kyrie Irving on whether he’d reconsider getting vaccinated; “I’m just taking it one day at a time. It’s not an ideal situation, and I’m always praying that things get figured out and we’re able to come to some collective agreement.” #Nets #NBA
Source: Twitter @NYPost_Lewis

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Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
– Luka Doncic lifts the Mavs over the Warriors
– Bojan Bogdanovic posts season-high 36 points in W over the Nuggets
– Kyrie Irving has 22 points in season debut
NBA recap ⬇
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…4:35 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Full answer from Nets Kyrie Irving on if he may have changed his stance on the vaccine: pic.twitter.com/7ayUHBNx992:23 AM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Did Kyrie Irving experience any growing pains?
“Oh yeah, absolutely. It honestly hit me in the 1st half when we were just watching Lance Stephenson give us his best rendition of his show. I told Lance during the game, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen you have a 20 point quarter.'” – 1:41 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Kyrie’s return, Dirk’s jersey retirement, Milwaukee’s surprising decision to part company with Boogie Cousins, Becky Hammon’s looming exit to the WNBA and everything else happening in this league … let’s discuss Thursday at 1 PM ET in the @SpotifyGrnroom. See you there … – 1:41 AM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
It’d been about seven long months since Kyrie Irving took the floor with his Brooklyn Nets teammates. On Wednesday night, he made his season debut against the Indiana Pacers and didn’t skip a beat.
@MokeHamilton on Kyrie’s return: basketballnews.com/stories/maybe-…1:29 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie gave the Nets exactly the kind of emotional lift they were looking for in his season debut. He mentioned several times how much it meant to be back with his teammates. Does it change his mind about getting vaccinated in the future? We’ll see. espn.com/nba/story/_/id…1:27 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie irving after victorious debut: “I’ve had a lot of debuts but nothing comes close to this one. It meant a little more just because at this stage, being out of the game for 8 months and coming back, there’s so much uncertainty.” #nets nypost.com/2022/01/05/ret… via @nypostsports1:21 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
For the late late crowd I’ll be on @ESPNRadio with @JayReynolds68 in about 15 minutes to talk about Kyrie Irving’s return. – 1:13 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Tonight’s story from Indy is up. Kyrie Irving returned and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets rallied to beat the Pacers. It marked the beginning of an experiment we’ve never seen in sports and the return of Brooklyn’s big three: theathletic.com/3054117/2022/0…1:06 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m sure he was, I know he didn’t act that way. He got a nice poker face. But I’m sure he was.”
-Kevin Durant was asked if he thought Kyrie Irving was nervous before his first game back. pic.twitter.com/sayrvpw6Su12:56 AM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m sure he was, I know he didn’t act that way. He got a nice poker face. But I’m sure he was. You know, haven’t played in a long time, gettin’ thrown into the fire like this mid season then, I’m sure he was a little nervous….”
-Kevin Durant regarding Irving, ahead of the win – 12:47 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“It was amazing to see him out on the floor again, the crowd showed him so much love, his teammates, just the game of basketball is happy to have him back.”
-Durant on Irving’s return. – 12:41 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“It was amazing to have him out there, I just missed his presence around the locker room, his energy, his vibe around the team…and then on top his game is just so beautiful, he makes the game so much easier for everybody out there.”
-Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s 1st game back – 12:40 AM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
Kyrie to everyone who said he was crazy rusty and needed a few games under his belt pic.twitter.com/XPVzGYQKwN12:22 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m just taking it one day at a time. Like I said earlier in the season, it’s not an ideal situation, and I’m always praying that things get figured out. And we’re able to come to some collective agreement.”
-Kyrie Irving was asked if he’s changed his vaccine stance – 11:58 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving on whether he’d reconsider getting vaccinated; “I’m just taking it one day at a time. It’s not an ideal situation, and I’m always praying that things get figured out and we’re able to come to some collective agreement.” #Nets #NBA11:52 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Kyrie Irving was just the jolt the struggling Nets needed, though he can only provide it half the time if he remains unvaccinated. So he’ll enjoy road games for now – while still holding out hope he can put on his show at home.
apnews.com/article/corona…11:51 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’ve had a lot of debuts but nothin comes close to this one. It just meant a little bit more. Just because at this stage, you know taking off 8 months…. so I went in just an open mindset just to ground myself, be present, and do whatever it takes to win.”
-Kyrie Irving – 11:16 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kyrie Irving was asked whether his stance on getting the vaccine has changed. Below is his full answer. pic.twitter.com/t05Dp8H5Su11:10 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Lance Stephenson comes on like gangbusters in Pacers return, but Kyrie Irving aids Nets comeback in season debut nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/05/lan…11:07 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
can kyrie irving play in DC?
in reading the DC order from bowser, there doesn’t appear to be a carveout for visiting athletes. am i wrong? – 11:05 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Just a lot of gratitude just to be present tonight with everyone and just go out there and have fun doing what we love to do,” said Kyrie Irving after the win in his return. – 10:57 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie Irving on the possibility of his getting vaccinated: “I’m just taking it one day at a time.” – 10:56 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving: “It was amazing to have him out there. I missed his presence in the locker room, his energy around the team. His game is just so beautiful. It makes the game so much easier for everybody out there… The game of basketball is happy to have him back.” pic.twitter.com/Mr0SWMsldX10:54 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Asked if he changed his stance in vaccination, Kyrie Irving said he’s taking it day-by-day. – 10:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving on getting vaccinated: “Man I’m just taking it one day at a time.” Said this is not an ideal situation and hopes for “some collective agreement with the league.” – 10:53 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving said he told Lance Stephenson in the first quarter he never thought he’d see him have a 20-point quarter. Said he had growing pains adjusting to some of the Nets’ schemes and new personnel. – 10:52 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving said the #Nets took Lance Stephenson’s 20-point first quarter personally. – 10:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving said he told Lance Stephenson: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you have a 20-point quarter.” – 10:51 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving has had a lot of different kinds of debuts in his career, all the way back to high school. He said none of them compare to this one, adding it meant a little bit more because of all the circumstances. #Nets #NBA #Pacers10:49 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Naturally as a performer I still get nervous.”
– Kyrie Irving, opens up after his 2021-2022 debut. – 10:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving admits he was nervous on that first shot of the game. – 10:48 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving: “I’ve had a lot of debuts, but nothing comes close to this one. It meant a lot.” #Nets10:48 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’ve had a lot of debuts but nothing comes close to this one. It meant a little bit more.”
-Kyrie Irving on his return. – 10:48 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
5 takeaways from Kyrie Irving’s return, Nets win over Lance Stephenson, #Pacers indystar.com/story/sports/n… via @indystar10:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden on Kyrie being back: “It seemed like he’s been playing all season.” – 10:43 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Nets’ Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s return: “The game of basketball is happy to have him back.” – 10:41 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD on Kyrie: “The game of basketball is happy to have him back.” – 10:41 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
“The game of basketball is happy to have him back,” Kevin Durant, on Kyrie Irving. – 10:41 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD on Kyrie: “The game of basketball is happy to have him back.” – 10:41 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant says it was amazing to see Kyrie Irving out on the court again: “I just missed his presence around the locker room, his energy, his presence around the team.” #Nets10:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant on having Kyrie back: “It was amazing.” – 10:40 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Returning Kyrie Irving comes up big as #Nets rally past #Pacers nypost.com/2022/01/05/ret… via @nypostsports10:35 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Final: Brooklyn 129, #Pacers 121
KD — 35 pts
Kyrie Irving — 22 pts in his return
Lance Stephenson — 30pts
Domantas Sabonis — 32 pts, 12 rebs and 10 asts – 10:14 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Yeah, it was a welcome back gift.”
Steve Nash admitted the Nets called the first play of he game for Kyrie Irving. – 10:14 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash drawing up the first play of the game for Kyrie Irving: “It was a welcome-back gift.” – 10:13 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash said it was scripted that Kyrie Irving would get the first shot of the game. “It was a welcome back gift.” – 10:13 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving wore a mask on the sidelines that read Pine Ridge Thorpes during his season debut tonight at Indiana. Pine Ridge School, Home of the Thorpes, is in South Dakota. Irving visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the school last August. – 10:12 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving’s return “He looked like himself.” Added it wasn’t a big surprise having seen him in practice. – 10:12 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash said Kyrie Irving looked like himself. Calls giving up 73 points in the first half unacceptable. – 10:12 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash on Kyrie: “He looked like himself.” – 10:11 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving: “He looks like himself — not a big surprise.” #Nets10:11 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kyrie Irving had 22 points tonight in his first NBA game since early June. Ten of his 22 came in 4th Q in midst of Nets comeback win at Indy. Irving, ineligible to play at Barclays Center due to his vaccination status, will be able to take the floor next on Monday at Portland. – 10:10 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie finishes with 22 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. He was plus-16. Found his rhythm late as Nets came back from 19 – 10:10 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
“AYY WELCOME F****N BACK!”
KD was hype for Kyrie postgame🤣 pic.twitter.com/Bx9kIyaI5K10:09 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie Irving season debut:
22 PTS
4 AST
9-17 FG
+16 +/-
in 32 MINS pic.twitter.com/rIdnTomTKB10:05 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets rally to beat the Pacers 129-119. Kyrie Irving with 22 points in his return, Durant with 39 and Harden with 18. DeAndre’ Bembry is the unsung hero IMO. Losing streak snapped, Brooklyn returns home to host the Bucks on Friday. Plenty of coverage coming. – 10:05 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Nets gonna close this one out. No surprise for the Pacers to fall short in what was a close game, but that’s a real nice win given the anticipation of Irving’s return and the way the game was going for a good while – 10:02 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Kyrie has played very well – 9:54 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Lance dunks and the gets his second delay of game, which results in a tech. Kyrie makes a FT. Nets up 112-108. #Pacers9:47 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Kyrie Irving with back-to-back jumpers. Brooklyn up 111-106 with 6:11 left in the game. #Pacers9:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
A pair of Kyrie Irving stop-and-pop jumpers gives the Nets a 111-106 lead with 6:11 to go in the 4th quarter. Irving’s coming alive in winning time and is up to 16 points and 4 assists in his season debut. – 9:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving is going for LaMarcus Aldridge’s crown tonight as king of the midrange. Two straight shots from nearly the same spot. – 9:44 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie stop-and-pop will always be money. – 9:44 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Once down as many as 19 — the Nets have taken the lead after finally picking up the defensive intensity. KD has 33 points and it will be interesting if the Pacers have the answers for a closing lineup that once again features KD/Harden/Kyrie. – 9:43 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Combined salary of Pacers starting backcourt tonight (Kiefer Sykes and Duane Washington Jr.):
less than $1 million
Combined salary of Nets starting backcourt tonight (James Harden and Kyrie Irving):
more than $78 million – 9:38 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
I don’t know how the Nets are within striking distance (was too busy counting Lance Stephenson’s 28 points on my fingers and toes), but they are. Kyrie Irving’s two buckets to end Q3 are one answer. It’s 101-94 Indiana, with one quarter left. – 9:25 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
End of 3Q: #Pacers 101, Nets 94.
Kyrie Irving ended the period with a jumper at the buzzer. Buckle up! – 9:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets whip the ball around the floor and it finds Kyrie Irving, who dribbles in, drains a two, then flexes at his teammate. The Nets have made this a 101-94 game entering the 4th quarter. Not pretty by any stretch, but it’s the win, not the aesthetics, that counts. – 9:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Kyrie Irving beats the buzzer with a mid-range bucket. He had four points in the final minute of the quarter. Nets went from down 17 to down seven, trail 101-94. Good response out of the timeout by Nash. But can they close the gap? – 9:24 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Irving buzzerbeater and the #Nets are down 101-94 going into the fourth. They trailed by 19 earlier. #Pacers9:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving with a layup to cut the Pacers’ lead to 11. He’s got 10 points on the night .That was just his second shot of the quarter. – 9:22 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Pacers’ Lance Stephenson steals show with historic first-quarter explosion in Kyrie Irving’s season debut
cbssports.com/nba/news/pacer…9:18 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
The hoops world awaited the Kyrie Irving return, but Lance Stephenson putting together the hottest 1Q in Pacers history is much more fun. I’m here for it. – 9:17 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
DeAndre’ Bembry with a nice layup. With him and Irving on the court together that’s two @tps_hsbb alums in Brooklyn’s lineup. – 9:04 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
So, I’m not sure anyone on YES has mentioned the word vaccine or unvaccinated once during Kyrie’s game in Indiana. – 8:56 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Pacers shot 61.9% from the field in the 1st half. The timing between Kyrie and everybody else will come — but if the group doesn’t get its defense back in order none of the offensive fireworks will matter. Can’t be giving up a combined 36 1st half points to Stephenson and Sykes. – 8:43 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Halftime: #Pacers 73, Nets 60
Lance Stephenson with a game-high 24 points (20 in the 1Q).
Kevin Durant with 20, Kyrie Irving with 8 in his season debut so far. – 8:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
It looked like James Harden was walking with a slight limp in his left leg as he walked off the floor at the end of the first half. Lance Stephenson has spoiled Kyrie Irving’s debut, and the Nets defense has caved.
Pacers hang season-high 73 points on Nets. Down 13. – 8:42 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
The Indiana Pacers have most of their players out with injuries or COVID. But they have Lance Stephenson in uniform, and he’s lighting Kyrie Irving and the nets on fire, with 24 points — 3x as many as Kyrie. It’s all Pacers through one half. – 8:42 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Nets trail the Pacers 73-60. The game started with Kyrie Irving but has turned into Lance Stephenson. Brooklyn’s defense has gone by the wayside since this losing streak started. Kyrie Irving looked better in the second than the first, but there’s bigger problems. – 8:41 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nets gave up 147 to Cleveland the first time Durant, Irving and Harden played together last season. That took 2 OTs. Pacers are on pace to get something near that in regulation tonight. – 8:38 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving is now the primary point guard with Harden out. He’s in with Mills, Durant, Griffin and Aldridge. Nets down 10. Nash has kept the bench short tonight. Griffin is just the ninth Net to play and there’s 4:44 left in the first half. – 8:28 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie has six points here in the 2nd — but the Nets have much bigger issues at the moment. Their defense has been terrible early on here and they are letting a bad Pacers team, on the 2nd night of a back to back, dictate the tempo. – 8:27 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Non-Kyrie tweet: It’s nice to see David Duke Jr. getting some run after that rally by the young guys against Memphis. – 8:19 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Igt Kyrie is back 💨
🎥 @NetsOnYES pic.twitter.com/xBDYzPORHI8:19 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Some guy by the name of Kyrie Irving is heating up. He’s got 8 points after a nifty fast-break layup. #Pacers call timeout but still lead 43-40. – 8:17 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving starting to get going offensively. His first shot of the season came from the mid-range. Got a steal and drew contact for a pair of free throws and just went coast to coast. Nets trail 43-40. Irving hasn’t been on the court yet without another big three member. – 8:17 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
OK, folks. Kyrie Irving is getting into it now. After a tepid, nothing first quarter, he’s scored the Nets’ first eight points to open Q2 here in Indianapolis. A couple jumpers, a trip to the line and then a nice Euro step for a bucket. – 8:17 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving is heating up: He’s up to 8 points in the 2nd quarter alone. Lance Stephenson has turned this game up several notches. Pacers 43, Nets 40. – 8:16 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie gets his first basket of the season with a mid-range jumper. Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson also gets his first basket of the season — and a lot more — for 20 points in the first quarter. – 8:16 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Dirk Nowitzki is one of only five players in NBA history to average at least 20 PPG on 50/40/90 shooting in a season:
🎯 Larry Bird, 1986-87 & 1987-88
🎯 Nowitzki, 2006-07
🎯 Kevin Durant, 2012-13
🎯 Stephen Curry, 2015-16
🎯 Kyrie Irving, 2020-21 pic.twitter.com/GdDAWuS8cd8:16 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Kyrie Irving’s first points of the 2021-22 NBA season.
🎥 @NetsOnYES pic.twitter.com/D7cmvZU0Qz8:15 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Please @basketballgods give us a Kyrie vs. Lance heat check battle – 8:14 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving’s first basket of the season comes on a mid-range shot. – 8:13 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving’s first field goal comes in the first minute of the 2nd quarter and is a fading close-range jump shot. Kyrie’s on the board. – 8:12 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving opens the second quarter on the floor with Harden, Mills, Claxton and Johnson. Three-guard lineup for the Nets. – 8:12 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
They tuned in for Kyrie. They stayed for Lance. Born Ready was 8-for-9 in his first quarter back in Indy. – 8:12 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
First quarter score: Durant, Harden & Kyrie 20, Lance Stephenson 20. – 8:11 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kyrie Irving returns in the red “Mamba Mentality” Kyrie 3s, inspired by Kobe’s past Bruce Lee theme and featuring a split “Kyrobe” logo on the tongue. pic.twitter.com/CyjgvnYBO38:11 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie looks rusty in his first quarter of the season. 0-for-3 with two turnovers in nine minutes.
Meanwhile, Lance Stephenson just dropped 20 points in six first quarter minutes in his return game. He’s dancing and air guitaring all over the floor. – 8:11 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Lance Stephenson is blazing with 20 points for the Pacers in the first quarter against Brooklyn and the buzzer beater. Oh, and Kyrie Irving is playing too. – 8:10 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Tuned in to watch Kyrie Irving.
Lance Stephenson scored 20 points in the first quarter in just six minutes, 23 seconds. 8-for-9 from the field, 4-for-5 on 3s. – 8:10 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
The Kyrie return game has been hijacked by Brooklyn’s own Lance Stephenson with 20 points and a buzzer-beater in the first quarter alone. pic.twitter.com/sZjkSfQOE98:10 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
There’s a New York guard making a splash in Indianapolis so far tonight and it’s not Kyrie Irving. Lance Stephenson beat the buzzer to give him 20 pts in the 1st Q 🎸 – 8:09 PM
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
Annnnnnddd… Lance Stephenson has stolen the show lol 👏🏽🍿 20 pt 1st quarter & the buzzer beater.
Kyrie debut? Lance said we was watching the wrong debut 😂👀 – 8:09 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: It’s Lance Stephenson’s world and we’re all just living in it. He IS ON FIRE. He’s got 20 points in 6:23. Nets trail the Pacers 37-32. Durant has 16 while Irving is kicking off the rust. – 8:09 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Lance > Kyrie – 8:09 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Turned on the Nets to watch Kyrie Irving and instead saw Lance Stephenson drop 20 points in the first quarter. – 8:09 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Who knew Kyrie Irving’s return would become the Lance Stephenson game? – 8:08 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Lance Stephenson with a 20-point first quarter against the Nets!! And to think, Steve Nash said bringing Kyrie Irving back was better than signing another 10-day guy. – 8:08 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
“It’s the Kyrie Irving return game!”
Lance: hold my beer – 8:08 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nice defense gets Kyrie Irving a steal and leads to a James Johnson finish in transition. – 8:06 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Lance Stephenson was born to try to steal the Thunder from the Kyrie Irving return game. – 8:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Lance Stephenson is doing everything he can to have Kyrie hold his beer. – 8:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving checks back in with 3:19 left in the first. He’s out there with Aldridge, Mills, Johnson and Durant. – 8:00 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
It’s the Lance Stephenson show to start the first quarter. Stephenson has hit each of his first 4 shots and is up to 9 points. Kyrie Irving is also checking back in for James Harden. – 7:59 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie got some cheers and some boos as he was introduced on an NBA floor for the first time in months. Lance Stephenson just checked in for the first time and got close to a standing ovation from the fans in Indy. – 7:54 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Lance Stephenson gets a big round of applause upon entering in Indy
His return overshadowed by Kyrie just a bit. – 7:54 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Johnson and Patty Mills in off the bench for Irving and Duke Jr. – 7:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Patty Mills has checked in for Kyrie Irving at the 6:49 mark. Irving played a 5-minute spurt. – 7:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving off to a rough start offensively. His first shot of the game, a mid-range pull-up hit the front of the rim. Later he got to the basket and pulled off a terrific spin only to see his shot blocked by Myles Turner. Nets lead 13-12 with 6:49 left in the first. – 7:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Pacers: The Nets have a 13-12 lead in Indiana with 6:49 to go. Kyrie Irving looks like he’s finding his footing, James Harden looks ready to shoulder a scoring load and Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant with a game-high 7 points. – 7:49 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Myles Turner with a huge block on Kyrie Irving after Irving spun free in the lane. #Pacers7:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
A spinning layup for Kyrie irving looked like it was about to fall until Myles Turner pinned it to the backboard. Still no points yet for Irving, but that is bound to change. – 7:47 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kyrie Irving warmed up in the “I Love You Mom” Kyrie 3s.
A 2017 collab with New Jersey boutique Sneaker Room, the sneaker honored Kyrie’s & shop owner Suraj’s late mothers Elizabeth Irving & Ellen Kaufman. The launch raised $80,000 to benefit the Jersey City Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/HAgWdwVPzl7:46 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Not sure why a team that struggles to rebound as much as the Nets is starting three guards tonight. Kyrie should be starting. Don’t quite understand why David Duke Jr. is. – 7:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving takes the first shot of the game: He goes behind the back and pulls up at the foul line over Justin Holiday but the shot was wide left. – 7:41 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Kyrie gets the start as does David Duke pic.twitter.com/YIfIEgJRad7:41 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie got the first shot of the game. Off the rim. #Nets7:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving takes the court for the first time this season. pic.twitter.com/GP8esRVK7v7:40 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
I completely understand it and I can do the compartmentalization also but there is something weird about the KYRIE’S BACK YAY as if it’s a guy returning from injury and not because he refused—and still refuses—to get a vaccine. – 7:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Smattering of cheers and some boos for Kyrie Irving, introduced for the first time this season in Indiana. pic.twitter.com/lfdw9ffxZj7:36 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving gets a wave of cheers upon being introduced in Indy. – 7:35 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kyrie Irving is about to start his new job as a part-time player for the Nets. I wrote about the last time I could find a part-time NBA player. He became an All-Star and won Rookie of the Year while getting his chemical engineering degree. 59 years ago. theathletic.com/3033168/2021/1…7:35 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets starting lineup tonight vs Indy is James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. and Nic Claxton. It’s Brooklyn’s 10th different starting lineup in last 12 games. – 7:35 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
#Pacers starters: Keifer Sykes, Justin Holiday, Duane Washington Jr. Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis
#Nets starters: Kyrie Irving (season debut), James Harden, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. Nicolas Claxton – 7:34 PM
Tom Lorenzo @TomLorenzo
A little Kyrie Irving news from our friends at @sbnreacts… 👀 pic.twitter.com/1tmstTqHYC7:32 PM

Sarah Kustok @sarahkustok
Kyrie Irving & the @Brooklyn Nets Big 3 debuts tonight!
We got you on @YESNetwork #NETSonYES pic.twitter.com/1Yw9kebfCp7:28 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Indy. To quote Cornelius Fudge, ‘He’s back.’ Kyrie Irving is playing for the Nets for the first time since spraining his ankle at Milwaukee in Game 3 of the 2020 conference semifinals. He’s starting alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden. The big three returns. – 7:22 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton will start for the #Nets. This is Brooklyn’s 16th different starting five of the season and their 10th different starting lineup in their last 12 games. – 7:22 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Kyrie Irving – getting loose: pic.twitter.com/VzLkhB8kWb7:20 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Kyrie Irving’s Return + Are the Bulls & Grizzlies For Real? | Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast w/ @Gary Tanguay presented by @calm twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…7:15 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kyrie arrives in the De La Soul Dunks for his return. 👀 pic.twitter.com/GHRkkxVDlY7:14 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Memo to @ESPNNBA, your game tonight is Warriors-Mavs, why are you not promoting your own show as opposed to something else (In this case Kyrie) to start your show? You guys are the masters of promoting your own, why not now? – 7:07 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Kyrie Irving gets the start in his season debut tonight vs. the Pacers, per Nets:
Starting five: Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton.
This will be Irving’s first game since Game 4 of the conference semifinals last season. – 7:06 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Kyrie Irving is back for the Nets tonight and will start in his first game of the season. The Pacers are rolling with the same starting unit they have in the last 2 games. – 7:06 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets say Kyrie will start in his return — he joins KD, Harden, Duke Jr. and Claxton in the starting lineup. – 7:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving will start tonight alongside James Harden, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. and Nic Claxton. – 7:02 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie is starting, Nets just announced Starters tonight in Indianapolis are Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton. – 7:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in Indy: Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton.
This is Brooklyn’s 16th different starting five of the season and the Nets’ 10th different starting lineup in their last 12 games. The big three is back. – 7:02 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kyrie Irving will start tonight against the Pacers and is expected to play around 30 minutes. This marks the first time Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden will play together for the Nets since Game 1 versus the Bucks in the playoffs on June 5, 2021. pic.twitter.com/Vnk9FWjhTz7:00 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
3 radio hits, 1 TV appearance and 2 stories later, I am headed to my seat at what is now called Gainbridge — not Banker’s Life — Fieldhouse where Kyrie Irving will make his season debut. The Pacers have 8 players out of the lineup and the Nets have lost 3 in a row. Get right. – 6:52 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement w/@jphanned is live @UnderdogFantasy
Kyrie Returns
Luka vs. Steph
We’re breaking it all down, taking your questions before tonight’s 11-game slate, and Justin’s world-famous Fastest 5 Minutes in the NBA: “Who *IS* Playing Tonight?”
➡️ https://t.co/dQzWBA05mj pic.twitter.com/a0jOU1CYbb6:30 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Maybe I’m taking it for granted but Kyrie is the game isn’t overly complicated for him. So I have a feeling he’ll his find his space, and his timing, and his cracks in our offense whether he has the ball or the ball finds him.”
– Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving’s return – 6:22 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving ended his pregame warmups with a two-handed dunk, just like old times. The man is back. #Nets pic.twitter.com/6xXAYjZdbz6:13 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving potentially giving the #Nets a lift at the perfect time, amidst a losing skid: “It’s not fair to expect him to come back and cure all our ills….The 3-game losing streak is not his fault.” – 6:11 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
“It’s not fair to expect him to come back and cure all our ills….The three game losing streak is not his fault.” Nash said in pregame of Kyrie. – 6:09 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Steve Nash reiterates Kyrie Irving will play “a good chunk of minutes” tonight” pic.twitter.com/02KnFC3jXn6:07 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Steve Nash said the “sweet spot” for Kyrie Irving’s minutes tonight against the #Pacers is bout 30. – 6:06 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said the sweet spot for Kyrie Irving’s minutes is about 30. #Nets #NBA6:06 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Steve Nash says Kyrie Irving will play “a good chunk of minutes,” probably about 30 minutes. But they’ll be watching how he feels in his season debut and how the game is going.
“He’s ready to go.” – 6:06 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expects Kyrie Irving to play well & cites his history of coming off long layoffs with big outings. Adds he’s “not the least bit surprised” the #Nets did an about-face and let Irving play. “It makes every bit of sense in the world that he would play.” – 6:04 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Here’s Kyrie Irving getting up some 3s. pic.twitter.com/IzUZIumn4T5:51 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie getting some shots up prior to his first game of the season. pic.twitter.com/Ue1rsOUOex5:48 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
And here’s one more video of Kyrie Irving’s pregame routine. pic.twitter.com/BGzlepHKtn5:43 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going live on IG (Krisplashed) now as Kyrie Irving warms up before his season debut – 5:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Here he is. Kyrie Irving getting pregame work in Indianapolis ahead of his return. pic.twitter.com/wygyGrBf4T5:39 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for ⁦@YahooSports⁩: All Star starters predictions, thoughts on Klay/Kyrie, Cade/Mobley and a trade idea for the New York Knicks? sports.yahoo.com/2022-nba-predi…5:14 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Kyrie Irving is slated to make his season debut tonight. @Nick Friedell joins NBA Today to report on the Nets’ strategy for Irving: pic.twitter.com/8DhCCssfMi4:52 PM

Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
As Nets get back talented anti-vaxxer Kyrie Irving they’ve moved from -7.5 to -8.5 tonight in Indiana per Caesars. 80% of tickets and 63% of handle for spread bets on Brooklyn. Kyrie’s points prop at 19.5. – 4:51 PM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Tonight is Kyrie Irving’s season debut for the #Nets against the #Pacers in Indianapolis. His point total over/under is 18 1/2. Whatcha got? – 4:44 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
When Kyrie Irving is on the court, he’s one of the best players in NBA history.
The seven-time All-Star, who remains unvaccinated, will make his season debut tonight against the #Pacers as a part-time player. indystar.com/story/sports/n…4:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
going on @ESPNRadio with @ChrisCanty99 and @mikegolicjr to talk Nets and Kyrie now – 4:01 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie Irving expected to play ‘big chunk’ in first #Nets game of season. #NBA #Pacers nypost.com/2022/01/05/wha… via @nypostsports1:13 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Kyrie Irving is set to make his season debut tonight in Indiana!
Kyrie’s former coach, Jim Boylan, tells @talkhoops & @Amin Elhassan why this could get tricky for the #Nets later this year pic.twitter.com/8vg1Xtn4Yg12:26 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said Kyrie Irving might not be able to play 38 minutes tonight, but he can go long enough for Nash to feel comfortable starting him. That said, Nash wouldn’t give his lineup. #Nets11:45 AM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash didn’t want to reveal yet whether Kyrie would start or come off the bench — but he will play plenty vs. Pacers.
Nash: “I don’t think it’s where he can play 38 but I think he can play a big chunk of the game.” – 10:49 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
I’m jumping on @VSiNLive live shortly to talk about Kyrie Irving’s return with my man @jeffparles. – 10:42 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash says Kyrie Irving won’t be playing 38 minutes but the Nets feel fine giving him some extended run. Doesn’t say whether or not he will start tonight. – 10:41 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
LaMarcus Aldridge rocking the makeshift podium. Said he will play tonight. Had a lot of COVID symptoms and is still coming back from it. Points out he played with Kyrie Irving more than any of the big three last season in his five-game stint. pic.twitter.com/iB1pvlh0hU10:35 AM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Here’s the Nets’ injury report for tonight’s game in Indiana — Kyrie Irving is not on it, which means he’s available for the game against the Pacers. LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable and Joe Harris is out. pic.twitter.com/mvYaMYtBXn9:29 AM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
On @njdotcom
Kyrie Irving set to debut tonight as Nets look to snap a 3-game losing streak nj.com/nets/2022/01/k…9:27 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Three Things to Know: What does Kyrie Irving’s return mean for Nets? nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/05/thr…9:26 AM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Tonight, Kyrie won’t be 1st star to attempt to play part-time when he takes floor in Indy. Bill Walton played mostly weekends for Clippers in 1982-83 while going to Stanford Law School. I talked to big Bill and 1 of his coaches to see what that was like.
newsday.com/sports/columni…9:03 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Good morning. I’ll be on @NewDay on @CNN in about 10 minutes to talk about Kyrie Irving’s return tonight. – 6:32 AM

More on this storyline

Shams Charania: Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After missing the Nets’ first 35 games of the season, Irving has targeted Wednesday for his return. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / January 3, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets are preparing for Kyrie Irving to make his NBA season debut Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Irving, who is not vaccinated for COVID-19, hasn’t played all season because of the Nets’ decision before the regular season not to allow him to participate because of New York City’s vaccine mandate. -via ESPN / January 3, 2022

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