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Nets facing reality that they're simply not title contenders without Kyrie Irving

Oct 28, 2021 0 comments


 Amidst a 2-3 start to the season, the Nets have suffered double digit losses to Milwaukee, Charlotte and Miami that have been downright ugly.

Brooklyn can't hold its collective breath hoping Kyrie Irving walks through the doors at Barclays Center anytime soon, but the Nets championship hopes hinge on that exact scenario.

There's no sense in overreacting to merely five games in a 82 game season, but Brooklyn hasn't shown the makings of a team fit to finish atop the Eastern Conference. 

In fact, James Harden is still navigating his way in the new age of NBA officiating. Harden is accustomed to being rewarded with trips to the free throw line by initiating contact with defenders by way of unnatural shooting motion or unorthodox drives to the basket.

Kevin Durant has been Kevin Durant, but if last year's playoff showed anything, even the world's best player can't carry the weight of a franchise on his shoulders alone.

Irving has made the best decision for himself and for his family, but as for his Nets family and adoring fans, the point guard is leaving the team hanging.

The Nets can't count on Irving changing his stance on the vaccine, but anything short of him returning to the club via a change in mandates or change of heart and mind will leave Brooklyn searching for answers in his absence.

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