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Good Word with Goodwill - Kyrie Irving’s nonsense is nearing breaking point with KD, Nets

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Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill reacts to Brooklyn’s decision to sit its starting point guard until he is fully eligible under New York City’s coronavirus vaccine mandate — and why the move may get Irving exactly what he wants.

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VINCE GOODWILL: The line has been drawn for Kyrie Irving, either accept a vaccination or he will not be allowed to be a part time player for the Brooklyn Nets. It seems pretty clear from here, Kevin Durant is tired of Kyrie Irving nonsense. He probably considers this to be a nuisance especially considering so many other players on that Nets team. In fact, every player on this Nets roster has taken the vaccine whether they want it to or not in the business of basketball has to move forward. This Nets team wants to win a championship. Kevin Durant joined in with Kyrie Irving and they recruited James Harden because they wanted to win a championship. For Kyrie Irving he gets exactly what he wanted, to be the martyr. Let's be honest here, Kyrie Irving even if he takes the vaccine will wind up being a martyr to the group who says that Kyrie Irving is Golden and Kyrie Irving is an independent thinker, and you can't control Kyrie Irving which gives them everything that he wants all the attention, all the drama regardless of this outcome.

For Sean Marks of course he wants to be seen as the guy who's in charge and he will say that if he and owner Joe Tsai who made this decision even though Joe Tsai flexed his muscles by being able to allow Kyrie Irving to practice at the team's practice facility without necessarily being cleared to play in games. James Harden is the guy without a ring here. He's the guy who's not like Kevin Durant, who's not like Kyrie Irving. He wants to win a championship, and he also wants to stay in Brooklyn but also wants to stay under circumstances that are advantageous for him. This drama does not do that and although we've heard so much about Kevin Durant support of Kyrie Irving, there are other players in that locker room. A lot of veterans who have come to Brooklyn because they wanted to win a championship.

LaMarcus Aldridge came out of retirement because he wanted to win a championship with this team. You cannot win a championship with a part time player who's being so separated from the rest of the franchise. You cannot basically bond with his teammates because of the NBA's stringent rules concerning unvaccinated players. Steve Nash knows this for him. He has so many near Mrs. as a player, and he thought that this was going to be his best chance as a coach along with this superstar group of players, including Kyrie Irving.

They left the door open. They said that he'll still get paid for the road games that he will not be participating in but he won't be getting paid for the home games. They still want him there they're still holding the door open for him but best believe that they're thinking about the possibilities of trading him considering the fact that he has a player option after this year where he can pretty much opt out and they will not be able to replicate his salary considering that they are over the cap. In other words folks, this ain't quite over.

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