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Irving referred to the storm surrounding his refusal to get vaccinated: "Crazy days, I did not commit any crime." Brooklyn is already planning for the near and distant future without it



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Kyrie responds for the first time: "I did not hurt anyone."

The Nets will not extend his contract

Irving referred to the storm surrounding his refusal to get vaccinated: "Crazy days, I did not commit any crime."

Brooklyn is already planning for the near and distant future without him, Nash and Harden admit: "The uncertainty around him has added pressure, now we can move on"

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The Kyrie Irving affair and his refusal to get vaccinated continues to excite the NBA and Brooklyn, who have been marked as favorites to win the championship.

After the Nets decided that the problematic coordinator would not be part of the team until he was vaccinated, it seems that the rift between the parties is deepening.

According to Shams Charania of Athletic, recent developments have led to the Nets' heads not intending to extend Irving's contract, which expires at the end of next season.



"Irving was willing to sacrifice $ 16 million from his salary this season because of games he would lose, so surely Brooklyn would not agree to pay him $ 186 million in exchange for a new contract," Charania explained.



At the same time, Irving will still be able to put the Nets in an awkward position: next summer he will be able to unilaterally exercise his option to continue for another season on the team with a salary of $ 36.5 million, and if he does, Brooklyn may face contractual and legal difficulty in trying to break free.

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Brooklyn Nets is training for the start of the NBA season (Brooklyn Nets' official Twitter account)

The rift is deepening.

Kyrie Irving (Photo: GettyImages, Kevork Djansezian)

This morning (Thursday) Irving first responded to the storm around him, explaining the motives behind his "protest" on Instagram "" I stand by everyone who needs justice. Everyone is allowed to do what he feels comfortable with. I see how this thing divides us, the whole world, and it's sad ... people lose their jobs because they are forced to get vaccinated. "



Irving said," The heart of the matter is not opposition to vaccines, but the right to do what everyone feels about themselves. I for one feel unsure about the vaccine, which is fine. I'm aware of the consequences this decision will have ... we're living in crazy days. I did not hurt anyone, I did not commit any crime. If anyone decides to get vaccinated, I support them. Let him do what he thinks is best for him. I continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones who fell ill in Corona. "



Either way, Brooklyn is trying to move on without him.

The team admits that Irving's relentless pursuit hampered preparations for the season, and mentally affected the players.

According to Steve Nash, the decision that Irving will not be part of the team in the near future was made by a large majority after talks with the coaches and players as well.



"Everyone had something to say on the subject. It takes time to make such decisions, because it is a difficult decision. At the same time, I think it is the right and logical decision, the best decision for the interests of the team at the moment," Nash explained.

"We have to move on, and if there is a change in his status, it will be great to get him back. But so far we have been in a strange situation, and get your squad a player who once inside and once outside, it is unhealthy. Now everything is clearer, and you can concentrate on the future. Progress".

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Steve Nash and James Harden (Photo: Reuters)

Kevin Durant who is considered Irving's best friend has not yet been interviewed on the subject, but according to James Harden, he and KD have understood the club's decision. Harden also revealed that he did not talk to Irving at all about the situation, which may illustrate the tension between the quarterback and the other players on the roster in light of the bizarre situation.



"The general manager, the coach, the KD, Kyrie, I - we all had conversations. I did not talk to Kyrie personally, but I understand that he has his beliefs and that he wants to insist on them," Harden said. "We respect it and love it, but we have a mission, and that is to win the championship. I still want to do it, and I feel that the club feels the same. We all broadcast on the same wave in this matter."



Nash added that "this decision is very good for the team. There was a kind of cloud over us, but after the decision was made, you can start creating chemistry in the team and build on something, instead of living in complete uncertainty. From the first day of training camp we did not know what was going to happen. "I think it added to the tension for all of us."



The Nets are still aiming for the championship, and believe in their chances.

“We still have two leaders like KD and like me,” Harden says.

"Kevin and I will have to lead and lead, and we'm pretty good at it. We'll have to get on the floor every game and be at our peak."

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