BOSTON – Even when he’s not in the game – or even the state – Kyrie Irving dominates the news.
Irving missed a seventh straight game with a shoulder impingement, and didn’t travel with the Nets for Wednesday’s loss at Boston. But after Celtics fans hurled invectives at his teammates in his absence, Irving pushed back.
“It happens all the time and Tonight just shows how Sports/Entertainment will always be ignorant and obtrusive. It’s one big SHOW that means very little in the real world,” Irving said in a lengthy Instagram post. “It’s about doing it for the fans and organization that love you so much? Think again, it’s a GAME, and it’s promoted as a Fandom experience for ticket buyers and viewers at home, while defacing who people truly are as PEOPLE.”
While some have opined that the Nets left Irving home so he wouldn’t have to be subjected to the hate from his former fans, Kenny Atkinson said it was mainly because his point guard’s rehab would benefit from being back in Brooklyn at HSS Training Center.
The Nets play host to the Celtics in a Black Friday rematch.
“We’re evaluating him every day,” said Atkinson. “It’s ongoing. Just day-to-day checking up on him.”
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