February 20, 2019 | 5:36 pm EST Update
Kyrie Irving said his phone call to LeBron James earlier this year to apologize was necessary in part because he “didn’t address the situation” while the two of them were teammates in Cleveland. “Well, I think that, you know, it takes a very, very strong individual to replay a lot of the experiences that you’ve had,” Irving told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “A lot of anger that you’ve had built up, where you didn’t address the situation and you allowed it to fester. And then it was just combustion.”
Kyrie Irving: “It came out and it just … you realize, like, ‘Hey, man, I didn’t have to deal with that the same way I dealt with that. I didn’t have to go about it that same way.’ Now, mind you, I have no regrets in terms of any decision I made, going about my individual journey and what I want and foresee for my career. But for me, it’s just … apologizing, yeah, that was a step for me, just to move forward in my life.”
“It’s been a trying year for us,” Irving told Nichols. “We basically have a bunch of young men in our locker room who feel like they’re capable of doing a lot more than they’re doing. And that’s OK, but there’s a maturing that you have to have. There’s a professionalism that you have to showcase every single day, and that’s what the great ones do.”
Brian Heyman: I asked Enes Kanter if he would recommend the #Knicks for Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or any of big FAs this summer: “Of course. It’s a very good organization. Good people. … Amazing city. So I think that they have a really good chance to get good superstars.” #NBA #nyknicks
Alykhan Bijani: James Harden: “Things change when those guys (Paul and Capela) are out of the lineup. When they’re in, everybody has their roles and everybody contributes. So the more guys that out, the more pressure it puts on the guys that are actually playing. Full roster is better for us.”
Keith Pompey: Brett Brown doesn’t expect @Zhaire Smith to play for the #Sixers this season. The hope is for him to play some games for the @blue_coats.
February 20, 2019 | 5:12 pm EST Update
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.