Kyrie Irving is in a “good place” with the Nets and Thursday night that place was in Union, NJ, home of Kean University.
Shortly after Ian Begley used that phrase to describe Irving’s relationship with the Nets, Irving took to the stage at the university’s Harwood Arena with four Nets teammates and perhaps more importantly, a team. of Nets marketing, present.
As Adam Zagoria wrote for NJ.com:
Kyrie Irving returned to play basketball in New Jersey on Thursday night, the Brooklyn Nets posted videos and photos from the night and a rapprochement between the two camps seems to be taking shape.
The West Orange native and ex-St. The Patrick School star held his ‘More Than A Run’ All-Star Game in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 at Kean University, including Nets teammates Royce O’Neale, Kessler Edwards and David Duke Jr. .
Alondes Williams and RaiQuan Gray were also on hand.
The coverage on Instagram Thursday night was indeed positive. On Friday, the official Nets Twitter page added to the coverage…
Nets fans, who haven’t had much to work with this summer, took the event – and the Nets’ attention to it – as a sign that a hoped-for “throwback” season has legs.
Fresh off Brooklyn Nets IG…that doesn’t sound like the behavior of a team looking to trade a player…I tried to tell y’all pic.twitter.com/gxhd3MgjQE
— Geno Da Don (@ThaRealVincee) August 5, 2022
Indeed, the Nets have covered the event as if nothing had happened in the months since Irving opted for his $36.5 million last year after failing to reach an agreement with the organization on an extension of almost a quarter of a billion. This, of course, was followed the next day by Kevin Durant asking for a trade, the back-to-back hits leading to more than a month of speculation over whether one or both would wear black and white again.
Earlier in the evening, Begley added to previous reports from Brian Lewis and Shams Charania that the 30-year-old superstar was looking forward to playing for the Nets in 2022-23, writing “A source close to Irving said this week that the seven-time All-Star is well placed with the Nets and comfortable heading into the 2022-23 season.
He also followed Joe Tsai’s one-word response on Twitter – “Truth” – to a video post in which Boardroom’s Shlomo Sprung asked various New York playground legends which NBA player could best survive. on these sacred black roofs? The vote was almost unanimous: Kyrie Irving. The players gathered in the city for the premiere of “NYC Point Gods”, the documentary produced by Kevin Durant, “NYC Point Gods”.
Indeed, reports on the fate of the two superstars have taken a turn over the past week, moving from talk of which team might make the best deal for the two superstars to speculation about whether the Nets could bring both players back into the fold. Earlier in the week, Steve Bulpett, writing for Heavy.com, reported that Durant and Tsai were planning to meet soon.
Overnight, a fan posted this video of Durant, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis hanging out in Los Angeles.
In the meantime, we’ll be looking for more tea leaves to read.