Brooklyn has completely revamped its roster over the past couple of weeks. James Harden, Paul Millsap, DeAndre’ Bembry, and Jevon Carter are no longer on the team but Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and Goran Dragic are.
Curry and Drummond made their Nets debuts on Feb. 14 and according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Simmons is ‘weeks’ away from returning. Dragic’s signing became official on Tuesday morning and his return date isn’t clear. Simmons hasn’t played in a game all season and Dragic’s played in a total of five.
Nonetheless, Irving is still excited about the direction that the Nets are headed in with their new-look roster.
Kyrie Irving is optimistic about what’s to come for the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 109-85 win over Sacramento last Monday and came back from a 28-point deficit against New York last Wednesday. The Nets entered the break with a loss to the Wizards but there’s no reason for fans to feel down.
Kevin Durant hasn’t played in a game since he sprained his MCL against New Orleans on Jan. 15. Following the loss to Washington, Nash said that he didn’t have an update on Durant, who is expected to be back after the break.
Irving was playing on 2K with both Durant and rookie Cam Thomas, so maybe he knows something that the rest of us don’t.
Or perhaps Irving was hinting at the chance that he’ll be back full-time. He’s made it clear that he’s going to remain unvaccinated but there’s an increasing possibility that New York City will lift its vaccine mandate.
Irving can’t play in games in the city, although opposing players who aren’t vaccinated can and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver questioned that himself on ESPN.
There’s also Joe Harris, who hasn’t played since Nov. 14. He underwent surgery at the end of November and was expected to be out for four-to-eight weeks but he’s experienced bumps in the road with his rehab.
If Brooklyn can get healthy, the only team that can stop the Nets in the playoffs are themselves. That same thing was said last season but as we know, it was Durant who was left alone to try to lead Brooklyn past Milwaukee without Irving or James Harden.
When the Nets return to the court on Feb. 24 against the Celtics, it’ll be crunch time as the playoffs are set to begin in mid-April. However, things feel different year than they did last year and Irving knows that too.