Shams Charania: Nets star James Harden has committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, joining teammate Kevin Durant on the USAB squad, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Kyrie Irving is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury.
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Marc Berman: Kyrie Irving on sidelines for first time, in black Brooklyn Nets hat and not in a boot. Hugging everyone.
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving remains out for Nets-Bucks Game 7 on Saturday, Steve Nash says. Nash says Irving still has some “miles to make up.”
The Nets are preparing to be without guard Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) for the rest of the series, sources said. The team hasn’t officially ruled Irving out beyond Game 5.
Stefan Bondy: Kyrie Irving is out tomorrow, says Steve Nash
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving could miss time after suffering an ankle injury in Game 4 of his team’s second-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided an update Monday on KJZ: “I don’t think there’s a great expectation that he can turn this around and be ready for Game 5,” Wojnarowski reported.
Davis, a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning squad, had some thoughts on the injury. In an Instagram reply, Davis seemed to imply that it was a result of basketball karma after Irving stomped on Boston’s center court logo earlier in the playoffs. “Karma is real. Energy is real no matter what you guys say,” Davis said in another IG comment. “That logo means something negative or positive. Ky wished that on hisself (sic). Energy is real, always have respect for other no matter if its (sic) a logo are (sic) not.”
GreenRunsDeep: Big Baby Glen Davis has comments on Kyrie Irving injury.
Rachel Nichols: I’m told Kyrie was in a walking boot and using crutches after spraining his ankle during today’s Nets-Bucks Game 4. Steve Nash says that x-rays on the ankle were negative and that Kyrie will undergo further testing/evaluation tomorrow.
Adam Zagoria: Jeff Green: “It sucks that [Kyrie] had to go down.” Didn’t want to say whether or not Giannis undercut him. Jalen Rose said Giannis could eventually get a flagrant for it.
Jeff Zillgitt: Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving: “I have no idea what’s going to happen with Ky in the coming days. We’ll cross our fingers and hope that it’s better than – I don’t know, better than what? – better than missing the next game.”
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash says Kyrie Irving’s X-rays were negative on his right ankle. He will get further tests tomorrow.
Alex Schiffer: Steve Nash has no idea if Kyrie Irving will play in Game 5.
Marc Stein: Kyrie Irving (right ankle) is out for the rest of Game 4 in Milwaukee, Nets say
Rachel Nichols: With Kyrie (ankle sprain) now officially out for the rest of the game, Nets Coach Steve Nash told me the Nets are going to have to make up his offense “by committee” and that in the locker room at halftime he told the other guys they have to be more aggressive offensively.
Ben Golliver: Nets’ Kyrie Irving down and holding his right ankle/lower leg. Laying on the court in pain. Steve Nash and trainers attending to him.
Malika Andrews: James Harden is listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Spurs. Kyrie Irving is Questionable with a facial contusion. Kevin Durant is available, despite it being the second night of a back-to-back.
Kyrie Irving returned from his one-game absence wearing tape on his injured right index finger. He was effective — but hardly efficient and nowhere near pain-free. “It sucks, man,” Irving said of the injury after Tuesday’s 122-111 loss in Detroit. “Just shooting very well on the season, want to continue. So, you just have different hiccups that happen, especially on my shooting hand. “It’s uncomfortable, but at the same time I don’t want to make any excuses. I’m out there, put myself out there, do a lot of treatment on it and we’re down a few players obviously, as well, so you just want to go out there and compete and worry about the pain later. But doing the best I can.”
Kyrie Irving was back on the shelf Saturday night, but the Nets hope it’s only a one-game absence. The star point guard missed the Nets’ 124-108 loss to the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center because of a sprained right index finger that he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Raptors. “I think to be determined [how long he’s out], but I think it very well could be day-to-day,” coach Steve Nash said before tipoff. “I think we’re thinking of it day-to-day right now, but you never know. We’ll see how it responds. Hopefully it is day-to-day and we’ll see him back in action on Tuesday.”
Shams Charania: Nets’ Kyrie Irving is listed out tonight against the 76ers due to right index finger sprain.
All of this is already on display, in the opening seconds of their first training camp together. People who have seen them work out or play pick-up rave about how good Durant and Irving look, physically. The Nets are already conceding they must approach the season with caution in terms of managing the two players’ health. And there have already been, let’s not call them controversies, because neither episode really rises to the level, but two things that have happened involving Durant and Irving that could put a head coach, or a general manager, or a teammate (several teammates, if you count how many guys Sean Marks would have to trade to bring Harden to Brooklyn) in an uncomfortable position.
Meanwhile, Durant’s co-star, Kyrie Irving, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on March 3, and indications are that he has no plans to play for the Nets until next season. Irving has been doing basketball-related workouts as part of his rehabilitation process, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
On a National Basketball Players Association call on Friday, Irving, a union vice president, inquired about whether inactive players could support their teams and attend playoff games — and whether a player doing so would count as one of the 35 people expected to be allowed in each team’s traveling party, sources said.
Spencer Dinwiddie understands that expectations are raised to championship if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving return for the Orlando playoffs. But the Nets guard is unsure what his star teammates will decide. “That’s the billion dollar question. But that’s not something I can answer,” Dinwiddie said Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “First Take.” “I know they’re both working really hard. They’re two of the hardest working in the NBA on the court, and two phenomenal players. If they are able to return and that’s the decision they make, our aspirations turn from playoffs to championship. “If they’re not able to return, which they’ve pretty much said that’s kind of the stance that they’re taking, we still want to be a team that grinds to get to the playoffs and makes a run in the playoffs. But we also understand the talent they add with being two of the top-10 players in the league and KD being, in my opinion, the greatest scorer of all time.”
Anthony Puccio: Looks like Kyrie Irving is back in the gym. It’s been 11 weeks since he had shoulder surgery. pic.twitter.com/2j0aDo6mYU
Alex Schiffer: Kenny Atkinson doesn’t want to speculate on Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving playing in the Olympics. Said those are conversations for down the line.
Durant hasn’t been traveling with the Nets on road games, and neither has Irving since getting hurt on a West Coast road trip in November. Kenny Atkinson — who insists there’s no danger of detachment from the team — said that’s not going to change as long as their rehab is better served at home. But he said that could change eventually. “No, we’re around them enough. I always hark back to the priority’s got to be what’s best for them from a rehab standpoint. That overrides everything,” Atkinson said. “And sometimes they want to come, and we’re like ‘No, you need to be on the AlterG at home.’
“We just can’t provide the same type of rehab conditions on the road, and that’s priority number one. I think we’ll continue to do that. But I think in the future you’ll see that change as the rehab processes get further down the road.”
Alex Schiffer: Kenny Atkinson does not expect Wilson Chandler’s personal issue to be long-term. Expects him back quickly. Adds that there is no surgery date yet for Kyrie Irving. Likely to see Rodions Kurucs tonight with no Chandler.
Alex Schiffer: Sean Marks confirms that Kyrie Irving is out for the season and will have arthroscopic surgery.
Bobby Marks: Kyrie Irving had 8 sets of unlikely bonuses in his contract for $125K each. He earned 1 for shooting > 88.5% from the FT line. His cap hit for the 2020/21 season will be adjusted at the end of the season to $33,460,350.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is considering treatment options on his right shoulder impingement — including the possibility of surgery, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. He’s expected to reach a decision in the next few days, per sources.
Shams Charania: Nets star Kyrie Irving is likely to undergo procedure on his right shoulder and miss extended period of time, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Malika Andrews: Kenny Atkinson said he “wouldn’t go there” when asked if there’s a concern Irving will miss the rest of the season. Right now, the plan is that he will see a specialist and go from there. Atkinson said the shoulder has been continuously bothering Irving.
Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with the shoulder injury that caused him to miss 26 games earlier this season and is scheduled to see another specialist this week, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “That’s about all I can tell you,” Atkinson said. “His shoulder continues to bother him. That’s about the extent of it now.”
Atkinson said Irving will be unavailable for Brooklyn’s first game after the All-Star Break against the 76ers on Thursday. Irving was not at practice on Tuesday night. Atkinson said he will have a clearer timetable for Irving after he sees the specialist.
Atkinson said Tuesday that it was not a specific play or practice that caused Irving to be in pain again, but rather something he’s been dealing with continuously. “The shoulder is a tough thing,” Atkinson said. “I just think it was an on and off thing where it’s bothering you. Some days you feel good, some days you don’t feel good. But I think it got to the point it was, ‘Hey let’s see another specialist.'”
Alex Schiffer: Atkinson says it’s a different shoulder specialist than the one he saw in Phoenix. Irving missed 26 games with a right shoulder impingement. Atkinson says the shoulder is his issue and not the knee sprain he suffered Feb. 1 in Washington.
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving, who was not at practice today, has re-aggravated the right shoulder that caused him to miss 26 games earlier this season, Kenny Atkinson said. He is going to see a specialist this week.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you see more small lineups. It’s just the trend now,” Harris told The Post. “Even now I’m setting screens in big actions. I never would’ve thought I’d be a screener either, but that’s just like how it is. I’m like picking and popping all the time.” Irving has sat the past five games with a knee sprain. After a week off for the All-Star break, the Nets resume play Thursday in Philadelphia. While Irving’s status for Thursday is up in the air, he is expected back eventually. And the aforementioned quintet has produced the best Net (plus-16.7) and Offensive (133.3) Ratings of any Irving-led lineups that have logged 15 minutes.
Alex Schiffer: Kenny Atkinson doesn’t say whether or not Kyrie Irving will return after the All-Star break. Wants to see how he looks when the team returns to practice next week.
Anthony Puccio: It’s been 9 days since the Nets said Kyrie Irving would be re-evaluated in “one week.” Kenny Atkinson said last night that he’s been evaluated everyday, and that there’s no update. Doubtful he suits up on Wednesday with the All-Star break coming up.
Greg Logan: #Nets say Durant and Irving are out at Indy. Also Musa and Pinson, who have G League assignment. So everyone who played in TO is available.
Brian Lewis: As expected, #Nets are leaving Kyrie Irving home for this two game trip. They said last Sunday he’d be re-evaluated in a week, buy with a road game Monday in Indiana, facing the #Pacers always seemed unlikely at best.
Christopher Lavinio: Kyrie Irving speaks out after a scary fall Saturday vs. Wizards. Irving was diagnosed with a right knee sprained and will be re-evaluated in one week.
Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving said he would undergo an MRI after spraining his right knee. Irving left Saturday night’s 113-107 road loss to Washington in the fourth quarter, after getting tangled with the Wizards’ Bradley Beal and falling back awkwardly on the knee. “What a week,” Irving said. “I’m OK, though. Just gotta get an MRI. X-rays were negative, just [have to] go home and see what’s going on.”
Irving has a history of right knee injuries. He strained his right knee in February 2019 when he was with the Boston Celtics. “I’ve done some pretty decent things to my knees in the past,” Irving said. “The most important thing is just making sure my ACL was fine. It was just a weird, weird, weird fall. I just felt a lot stretching and tension afterward. Just a bad fall.”
Malika Andrews: The Nets announce that Kyrie Irving is available to play tonight for the first time since Nov. 14. Wilson Chandler (left hamstring tightness) and Garrett Temple (right knee contusion), who both missed the Nets game against the Heat on Friday are also available to play.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyrie Irving is likely to make his return to the Nets lineup on Sunday against Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Irving has been out since mid-November with a right shoulder injury. He recently returned to 5-on-5 workouts in practice and is preparing for his return Sunday in Brooklyn.
Malika Andrews: Kenny Atkinson said that Kyrie Irving’s shoulder responded well to playing 5-on-5 for the first time yesterday. Historically, a concern for the Nets in bringing back injured players is how they respond to an increased workload. Irving will go through 5-on-5 again on Saturday.
Brian Lewis: Atkinson on Kyrie Irving: “I’m pleased with how we’re progressing.” Says he’ll work out to tomorrow and be evaluated after that. #nets
After missing nearly two months with a right shoulder injury, Irving said he expects to be reevaluated within the next week. It is hoped that being cleared to play, Irving said, will be the next step. “We just see where we end up in the next few days,” Irving said Thursday. “Realistically, we will reevaluate tomorrow. See how I feel tomorrow. Then go Saturday — probably another practice.”
Irving did not pinpoint a date for his return, but said that he’s assigned a self-imposed deadline of one week. “Hopefully I get some game reps in addition to practice probably in the next week or so,” he said. “It could be less than that, but I’ll give myself a week.”
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving will not play tonight against the Thunder, the Nets announce. Irving has now missed 25 games. That is the longest stretch he has been out in his career.
Marc Stein: Kyrie Irving, speaking to the media for the first time in two months, tells reporters in Brooklyn that he has opted for a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder in hopes it will allow him to avoid surgery
Brian Lewis: Irving got the shot Dec. 24. He and the #Nets will assess after two months and will hope he can avoid arthroscopic surgery. But that’s certainly possible. He admits he considered it, but it’d take him out 3-4 months.
Alex Schiffer: Irving said surgery “has definitely crossed my mind,” especially with Durant out this season. Said he thought about the present and trying to play with team and worry about next year when it comes. He will continue to rehab and see where it goes.
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving, talking to reporters for the first time since Nov. 14, said he is “doing a lot better.” He said he is struggling to lift his shoulder when taking jump shots.
Brian Lewis: Irving: “There was some bursitis in there that was impacting me.” Says it started vs. Pelicans. #Nets
Alex Schiffer: Irving said he’s been doing cortisone shots to avoid surgery. Didn’t take anti-inflammatories. Said he overworked his shoulder trying to come back from facial injury he suffered in preseason. Shot daily. Played through it and it got to a point where he couldn’t shoot pain-free.
Brian Lewis: Kyrie Irving; “It just sucks man. It really is disheartening.” Went to Phoenix to see a shoulder specialist. #Nets
Bobby Marks: Kyrie Irving will now miss out on two bonuses of $125K each for falling short of playing 60 games this season. The games played bonus were tied into statistical achievements. This will bring the total up to $375K in lost incentives for the season.
Irving is actually suffering from “thoracic bursitis” and he’s out until at least Jan. 7 against the Thunder, according to Heavy.com. But Aktinson pushed back before Brooklyn hosted the Knicks on Thursday. “What you’re telling me — whatever that report said is not true,” the coach said. “We’re still in the same place the last time I talked. Like I said, the thing is we haven’t gotten to the contact with him. We’re on-court workout situation but the contact just hasn’t been cleared yet. I think that’s the next hurdle. I wish I could tell you when that is. Hopefully sooner rather than later.”
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Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs have offered Nike executive Nico Harrison a front office leadership position. Dallas wants him to work in tandem with Michael Finley. Harrison and Finley are both close with Jason Kidd, who is expected to be the Mavs’ next head coach.
According to league sources, the Cavaliers have begun to explore trade options involving leading scorer Collin Sexton. Sexton, 22, is extension-eligible this summer, averaged 24.3 points per game last season, and appears likely to seek a maximum contract. Also eligible for an extension is 23-year-old center Jarrett Allen, who is also expected to command a lucrative deal.
Based on some of the chatter I heard over the course of this season, there was enough love for Cade Cunningham atop the draft that he felt easy to pencil in, regardless of who won the lottery. That no longer appears to be the case. In addition to Cunningham, league sources expect USC’s Evan Mobley and G League Ignite’s Jalen Green to receive serious consideration from the Pistons’ front office, led by general manager Troy Weaver. The strong sense I’ve gotten is that Detroit will explore all its options before committing one way or another, and that the decision on who to take is far from a done deal.
Wrapping up with some minutiae: as it turns out, the Pistons and Cavaliers got lucky twice on lottery night. The way the lottery works is that the league draws combinations for the first four slots in order, with any team repeats being thrown out and re-drawn. According to a source with knowledge of the proceedings, the NBA had to draw six times for four slots, with the order being Detroit, then Houston, then Detroit again, then Cleveland, Cleveland again, and finally, Toronto. Conspiracy theorists, do your worst.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs will do their due diligence during this process. They’ve interviewed Corey Kispert, Keon Johnson, Ziaire Williams, Sharife Cooper (he’s not 6-3 like listed, a source said), Miles McBride & BJ Boston along w/ Scottie Barnes. Kai Jones & Jalen Johnson the notables Friday