Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is reportedly nearing a return to the team and it could be as early as Sunday. He is reportedly near completion of the goals the franchise set out for him when they suspended him. Irving was originally suspended on November 4th and will miss his eighth straight game on Thursday night. The Brooklyn point guard was suspended after he failed to apologize for sharing a link to a movie that contained anti-Semitic quotes. Since being suspended he has met with Nets’ owner Joe Tsai and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
ESPN Sources: Suspended All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is nearing completion on the process needed for a return to play and could rejoin the Brooklyn Nets as soon as Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies: https://t.co/9UZpm36mHx
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 16, 2022
The night he was suspended, Kyrie Irving did finally issue an apology on his Instagram account. Brooklyn listed several goals that it wanted the point guard to complete before he would be allowed to rejoin the team. The report indicates he nearing the completion of those goals to remedy the situation. The NBPA, NBA, Brooklyn Nets, and Irving have all worked together closely during this time.
NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio told ESPN the following about the ongoing process: “Kyrie is continuing his journey of dialogue and education. He has been grappling with the full weight of the impact of his voice and actions, particularly in the Jewish community. Kyrie rejects antisemitism in any form, and he’s dedicated to bettering himself and increasing his level of understanding. He plans to continue this journey well into the future to ensure that his words and actions align with his pursuit of truth and knowledge.”
Brooklyn is currently 4-3 without Kyrie Irving. Before he was suspended Irving was averaging 26.9 points, 5.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 45.3 percent and a three-point percentage of 28.0 percent.