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Alex Schiffer: Kyrie Irving says on Instagram Live that he’s not retiring, is unvaccinated, doesn’t want to be giving up the money he is to sit out, preaches unity and respect for his decision.
Michael Scotto: Kyrie Irving on Instagram: “You think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship? You think I really just want to just give up my job? You think I want to sit at home and not go after the things with my teammates that I’ve been able to grow and learn with?”
Over the last couple days, sources around the league – and talking heads – have all wondered about the possibility of Irving retiring. The bar had been set so low that Durant simply wanting to play and loving basketball was worthy of praise. And the Nets still have to figure out whether Irving is fully invested. After all, as sources confirmed, they’re still upset at his recent actions — including going to a family party in the pandemic. Harden, a model of consistency and durability, still needs to get in better shape, too. He looked like he’d stop trying in Houston, so hopefully this move will reinvigorate him as a superstar scorer and more dependable option — simply by showing up to work. He’s also hungry to finally win a title and join Durant and Irving with a ring.
Alex Kennedy: On a new episode of Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson’s podcast, Kyrie Irving hinted he may retire earlier than expected. H/T @NBA_Reddit pic.twitter.com/5Y4C3Ho7nf
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October 21, 2021 | 9:30 pm EDT Update
LeBron James: From where I come from I’m simply LOST FOR WORDS!! BEYOND HONORED & BLESSED!! 🙏🏾 #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾⁶ #StriveforGreatness🚀 #NBA75💎
October 21, 2021 | 8:37 pm EDT Update
The NBA announced forward Julius Randle was fined $15,000 for throwing the game ball into the stands in celebration after the Knicks beat the Celtics, 138-134, in double overtime at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on the rearranged roster: “I thought the other night was an example of what will happen when teams blitz (Steph Curry). We’ve got a lot of weapons. Not just shooters but passers. We scored 121 points on a night when Steph went 5 of 21.”