With 27.4 points on average, at 42% success at 3-pts, Kyrie Irving achieved a 2021/22 fiscal year that was certainly shortened (29 matches) but excellent statistically. It’s one of his best seasons… and the weirdest.
Unvaccinated and not allowed to play in the Brooklyn room, the Nets playmaker was initially dismissed by Brooklyn, the club preferring to focus on continuity and avoid managing a dotted player first. But with the Omicron wave at the end of the year and the many quarantines, the club then reversed its decision.
Kyrie Irving therefore only started his season in January, playing away matches first. Before being “released” in the last days of the regular season and for the playoffs.
The weeks were long for him, from the moment he knew that the franchise was putting him aside.
“When I arrived at training camp in San Diego, I did not expect a New York City warrant to be put in place and prevent me from playing”he tells the Kevin Durant podcast. “I had the opportunity to play away matches, but nothing was imagined for that, no vision for the team was given. It had a real impact on me and other people. I was in the hot seat for a while and had to deal with it. »
“I wondered if I was going to be transferred or cut”
When the Nets, in difficulty with their workforce during the winter, therefore finally decided to reinstate him, the former Cleveland and Boston seized his chance.
“I had nothing to lose. I could only rejoice at the time, because I was stuck at home and I didn’t want that. I wondered about my future: I wondered if I was going to be transferred or cut, if I was going to have an opportunity with another team, how I was going to turn this into a positive thing. I kept telling myself that things were going to change and I had people around me, thanks to them, who also thought that way. »
With four points at more than 40 points, including a match at 50 and another at 60 units, Kyrie Irving was sometimes dazzling for his return to competition. But the delay at the start of the season and the impossibility of stringing together the meetings weighed on him. Not to mention the Nets imploded with a tired James Harden.
“I never felt like I was back,” he confides. “I never felt like myself during the season. Usually I maintain my level during the current exercise, and there I tried to catch up with everyone, because they had been playing for four or five months. It had been their daily life since September or October, and not for me. »