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The Nets’ preseason home opener Friday was played under a shadow, one shaped like Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn has a problem, and Irving is it.
Or more to the point, Irving’s absence. The star guard can’t play at home due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. For an All-Star expected to lead the Nets to their first-ever NBA title, that’s a rough way to start a championship run.
“Kyrie talks about it as a personal choice issue, which I respect,” Nets owner Joe Tsai told the Post. “But we all need to not forget that our goal. What’s our purpose this year? It’s very, very clear: Win a championship. The championship team needs to have everybody pulling the same direction. So I hope to see Kyrie play fully and win a championship together with everybody else … That’s the best outcome.”