With Kyrie Irving’s personal leave stretching for a week now, Nets GM Sean Marks did not provide an explanation of his absence or the schedule of his return.
Despite missing 5 games in a row for personal reasons But Irving also appeared in the maskless video at a birthday party and is now under investigation by the league for potential health and safety violations. He was then involved in the Zoom launch party for Manhattan DA candidate Tahanie Aboushi, just half an hour before his Nets host Denver on Tuesday.
Marks admitted the Nets were disappointed that Irving was not in court. But it doesn’t say they were disappointed in his actions or the reason for his absence. Indeed, Brooklyn has steadfastly refused to offer comprehensive approval or condemnation, offering only Swiss neutrality.
“There̵7;s no doubt the organization is disappointed that none of our players – in this case Kyrie – are not among us, not in the trenches with us. So I didn’t want to guess and tell me why he was leaving, ”Mark said.“ I’ve spoken to him and I’m going to keep talking. We hope he’s back at the gym where he’ll talk about it and we’ll sit down with him.
“He is part of our family. The group is part of our family and we will continue to build the group here. You ask if it’s OK, people miss time It is well documented that if there is a reasonable excuse for absenteeism, it’s okay. We have to support, be it our players or our employees, and you will do so in every industry. But you still hope that there is enough excuse – more than enough for the reasons he needs his own time, and he will, without a doubt, deal with that. “
The need for personal time does not explain the gathering of the maskless at the venue, and the NBA is investigating whether there are butts that could result in fines and whether contact tracking may require quarantine. If Irving missed out on quarantine games, he could forfeit more than $ 400,000 worth of game checks for every missed game.
Asked if the Nets found enough of Irving’s excuses, or if they would sit him even though he had been cleared by the NBA, Marks danced as sharp as Irving in the lane.
“Kyrie obeys health and safety regulations and tests every day. So when he did that again, it wasn’t out of my hand. The league is reviewing, ”Mark said.“ We look forward to talking to Kyrie when he returns to our building, among his teammates, among his family and from there. ”
Marks said Irving was excited about the opportunity to get back on the ground and insisted that what happened behind the scenes with the point defender did not spur a blockbuster deal for James Harden.
“No, they are totally separate,” Marks said. “Kyrie’s absence and the personal problems he was facing had nothing to do with us going on and getting James Harden.
“About Kyrie and when he will be hopeful and coming back to the team, part of which is the NBA and we are waiting for them to come out with a ruling on health and safety protocols. Hopefully we’ll have a hearing soon. I spoke to Kyrie so I know he’s excited to be back in court with his teammates as soon as possible. ”