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The drama surrounding Kyrie Irving continues as Steve Nash confirms he doesn’t expect the star guard to feature in home games and the Los Angeles Lakers go 0-4 in preseason play.
Steve Nash has admitted that the Brooklyn Nets will start the season without Kyrie Irving. “We recognize he’s not playing in home games,” Nash told reporters. “We are going to have to for sure play without him this year. So it just depends on when, where and how much.” Irving will only be allowed to play in home games if he gets vaccinated against Covid.
The new look Lakers have had a sloppy start to preseason. Head coach Frank Vogel recognized that the blowout 123-94 loss to the Phoenix Suns wasn’t ideal. “We got to be better. We haven’t played great,” Vogel said. “There’s going to be an adjustment period with so many faces.”
The league’s oldest active player Udonis Haslem was back on the practice court this week after missing time due to his father’s death. Haslem has only played 16 games since 2016 but coach Erik Spoelstra was happy to have Haslem back saying, “Our gym felt great with his presence, his spirit, his voice.”
Always the joker, Rudy Gobert waited for a milestone 69th day before replying to this fan.
His Airness takes his Zoom calls in front of his trophy cabinet.
LeBron James didn’t suit up for the Lakers today but he managed to catch the Chargers defeat the Browns.
Best of r/NBA
Steve Nash’s comments on Kyrie Irving being a part-time player dominated discussions.
u/Its_Mike_Nasty commented what everyone was thinking. His statement received nearly as many upvotes as the post.
Rudy Gobert’s tweet gained traction on Reddit.
Performance of the Night
DeMar DeRozan: 23 points (9-17 FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
DeRozan put in another solid shooting performance last night. He led the Chicago Bulls to a 102-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls have been impressive so far and are now 3-0 in preseason play.
Play of the Day
There wasn’t much to cheer about for Lakers fans today but this alley-oop from Anthony Davis managed to get them off their seats.