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It’s unclear exactly when (or if) Irving will resume fulfilling his stipulated media obligations. “He’s not opting out of traditional media. He’ll continue to work with … the Nets PR team to schedule those opportunities,” his publicist told The Post, while offering no timeline as to when Irving would resume his media responsibilities. “However, he will use this type of correspondence as a way to effectively and efficiently share his thoughts directly to you and the media that covers him on a regular basis.”
Spencer Davies: Not my question, but here’s Kevin Love’s extended thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s “pawns” post stemming from a rocky relationship with the media. #Cavs @basketbllnews
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Dave McMenamin: The Lakers have officially ruled out Anthony Davis on Monday vs. UTA, which means his return will likely come on the road with the Lakers having an upcoming four-game trip starting Thursday in Dallas.
Tim MacMahon: Luka Doncic says energy is an issue for the slumping Mavs. How do you fix that? “I don’t know, but all I know is it’s got to start with me,” he said. “I’ve got to do way better, keeping guys motivated. It starts with me.”
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns’ injury was just a knee-to-knee bang and not any sort of tweak, according to Timberwolves coach Chris Finch. Finch said they removed KAT from the game simply as a precaution. Didn’t sound all too concerned about this being a lingering injury or anything.
Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant will be re-evaluated Monday, but he was hopeful Durant would be able to remain with the team on its current road trip. “He’s sore, but we don’t know how severe,” Nash said. “We’ll see (Monday) how he wakes up and go from there.”
Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal joined former president Barack Obama on an NBC special Sunday night to encourage Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines. The former NBA players — who have remained highly visible through their roles as analysts for “Inside the NBA” on TNT — exchanged humorous barbs and briefly spoke with O’Neal’s mother before Obama joined them. “So I’m playing Kenny the Jet,” Obama joked when he joined the duo, in reference to Kenny Smith, who is an analyst alongside Barkley and O’Neal on “Inside the NBA.”
“Now, as the vaccine becomes more available, I want to make sure that our communities, particularly ones — African American, Latino — as well as young people understand that this will save lives and allow people to get their lives back to normal,” Obama added. “The sooner we get more people vaccinated the better off we’re going to be.” Barkley said he’s on the verge of getting his second vaccine shot, and O’Neal said he’s been vaccinated, along with family members with underlying conditions. “But I’m not worried about me or my family. I’m worried about the average mom and dad,” O’Neal said.