” Honestly, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. The statement is from Nic Claxton and it is aimed Kyrie Irving. Last year, the young interior did not always have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the leader who only played 29 games in the regular season because of his refusal to be vaccinated.
Today, the pivot, who himself had only played 47 games, sees the difference. ” He brings a totally different energy this year. He’s really into it. He is ready to make an impact and feels ready to change what people say about him. It’s important for us to have him full time and not have to worry about the Covid situation “Judges the 23-year-old player for the New York Post.
It should be remembered that a year ago, almost to the day, the Nets had decided to remove him from the group. The leader was no longer allowed to train, as was the case at first, nor to play with his teammates until he could participate “fully”, in other words until he was vaccinated.
As an extension of this vaccination issue, the club’s off-season was marked by its waltz/hesitation which finally resulted in the activation of its “player option”, to the tune of 36.5 million dollars. ” That may not be the public’s perception of him (that he is a good teammate), but i have the impression that he wants to clarify things “, continues Nic Claxton.
Lots to prove
The latter considers that because of the “sweep” suffered from the first of the playoffs, against the Celtics, all the Nets, ” from first to last player “, have” a lot to prove “. Kyrie Irving, who recently showed his desire “to erase everything that has been said about our team in recent years “, perhaps a little more than the others.
The good news is that Steve Nash found it ” unbelievable on this preseason, during which he averaged 19 points. ” His performances on both sides of the pitch were outstanding. Not only in matches, but also in training. His leadership and role as a mentor to young people are up to par. He’s been great all preseason. »
For his part, Kevin Durant also notices a very communicative playing partner, behaving like “ one of the serpent’s heads “. “ Having a guy like Ky, who has won a title, who has had these atmospheres and these series of playoffs, can only help us to move forward », positive « KD ».
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