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TJ Warren Targeting December 2 For Nets Debut

Nov 27, 2022 10:25 AM

Brooklyn Nets forward T.J. Warren is targeting December 2 to make his season debut. The Nets face the Toronto Raptors on that date.

Warren will have missed the Nets first 23 games of this season if he plays against Toronto as planned. The Nets versatile forward has been recovering from a left foot injury suffered in 2020.

Warren hasn't appeared in an NBA game since December 29, 2020. The veteran forward went on to miss the rest of the 2020-21 season and the entire 2021-22 season for the Indiana Pacers. This offseason, Warren joined the Nets on a veteran minimum contract.

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TJ Warren Playing 3-On-3 In Nets Practices

Nov 24, 2022 9:28 AM

Brooklyn Nets forward T.J. Warren might finally be inching towards a return. Warren has progressed past going against coaches in practice and has been playing 3-on-3 against other players.

There is still no timetable for Warren's return, but he's advancing through the process for the Nets. Brooklyn signed Warren to a one-year, veteran minimum contract this offseason.

Warren last appeared in an NBA game on December 29, 2020. After a terrific run in the bubble to close 2019-20, Warren played in the Indiana Pacers first four games of the 2020-21 season. He was then shut down with foot soreness. That injury cost Warren the entire 2021-22 season and the start to this season.

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Ben Simmons On Return To Philadelphia: I Know What's Coming

Nov 21, 2022 8:02 AM

Ben Simmons was in a joking mood about his return to Philadelphia. When asked about returning to his first NBA home to play the 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets big man playfully played it off.

"I'm ready to play," he said, before adding, "Something going on?" causing the assembled media to break into laughter.

Simmons again joked when asked if there's been enough time for any hard feelings Sixers fans may have for him to have passed, by saying "In Philly?"

Simmons then got serious about what he knows he's facing.

"I know what's coming. That's part of the game. Philly fans, one thing about Philly fans is they are incredible. They are die-hard Philly and they are everything Philly, whatever it is. I respect that about the city. It's a sports town. I was talking to I think Yuta (Watanabe) before the game about what it's like to play in Philly, and it's an incredible opportunity to put on whatever jersey it is.

"That's Philly, and it's a unique experience."

Simmons then added he's got a lot of love for Philadelphia.

"I was 18 years old coming into Philly, so it's really the only place I've lived as an adult. So I have a lot of love for that city," he said. "People don't know that, but a lot of my best friends are from Philadelphia. My brother still lives in Philadelphia. So regardless of the situation, whatever happened, happened. But I got a lot of love for that city still, so I look forward to going down there and playing."

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Kyrie Irving Cleared To Return Sunday Vs Grizzlies

Nov 20, 2022 3:02 PM

Kyrie Irving has been cleared to make his return for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday vs the Memphis Grizzlies. Irving has missed the last eight games while suspended by the Nets.

Irving was suspended following sharing a link to an anti-Semitic film. Brooklyn's governor Joe Tsai set a list of criteria Irving had to complete before he would be allowed to return. Irving has completed all those tasks and will rejoin the Nets as they head home from a west coast trip.

Brooklyn went 5-3 with Irving out of the lineup. For the season, the Nets sit at 7-9 on the season.

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Ben Simmons: I'm Getting There

Nov 18, 2022 8:59 AM

Ben Simmons had his best game for the Brooklyn Nets in a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. Simmons finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes off the Brooklyn bench.

Following his 6-for-6 shooting performance, Simmons told the media that he's just getting started.

"I'm coming," Simmons said. "I'm getting there, man. It's taking a little bit of time, but I got my own back. My teammates got my back, my coaches."

Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn had praise for Simmons' effort off the bench, especially Simmons' versatile defense.

"It's very encouraging," Vaughn said of Simmons' performance. "Most minutes he's played, really responded well. ... Kind of what we envisioned him doing everything for us. The defensive versatility of guarding [Jusuf] Nurkic and also Damian Lillard. A lot of people can't do that. And we can continue to grow with him and understand him, his game, how he benefits, with who. It's very encouraging."

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Kyrie Irving To Be Cleared For Sunday Return

Nov 17, 2022 6:00 PM

Kyrie Irving is expected to be cleared to return to game action on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center.

Irving will be coming off what became a team-mandated suspension that lasted eight games for posting a link to a film with antisemitic materials.

Sources tell Shams Charania that both sides are happy with what Irving has done throughout the process, especially given the number of community leaders he has met with.

Irving chose to go “above and beyond” what was asked of him, said one source.

Irving met with Silver on Nov. 8, with sources describing a “productive and understanding” visit in New York City. Two days later, Irving and his family met with Nets co-owners Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai.

“(The Anti-Defamation League) never set the terms for Kyrie’s return. At the end of the day, it is up to the Nets, the NBA and the union to figure out whether it’s appropriate for him to return or not,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Athletic on Thursday.

“I can say from my point of view that I take Kyrie at his word that he is truly sorry and that he’s willing to put in the work to educate himself and engage in constructive dialogue. I also trust that the Nets, the NBA and the union are making the right call and if they’re satisfied, I have no reason not to be.”

A source close to the Anti-Defamation League added that the ADL does not believe Irving is antisemitic.

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Kyrie Irving Nearing End Of Suspension, Could Play Sunday

Nov 16, 2022 7:25 PM

Kyrie Irving is nearing completion on the process needed for a return to play and could rejoin the Brooklyn Nets as soon as Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Irving will miss his eighth straight game on Thursday at the Portland Trail Blazers, but he's closing in on the end of his suspension.

"Kyrie is continuing his journey of dialogue and education," National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio told ESPN on Wednesday night. "He has been grappling with the full weight of the impact of his voice and actions, particularly in the Jewish community. Kyrie rejects antisemitism in any form, and he's dedicated to bettering himself and increasing his level of understanding. He plans to continue this journey well into the future to ensure that his words and actions align with his pursuit of truth and knowledge."

At the time of his suspension, the Nets issued a statement saying "failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, is against the values of our organization, and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team."

In a memo to members of the NBPA on Friday, the union told NBA players that, "Kyrie's rights, and the rights of all future players, have been protected at every turn," and added that the union "look(s) forward very soon to a resolution of all matters satisfactory to all parties."

Brooklyn is 4-3 without Irving during his suspension. 

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Kyrie Irving Has 'Made Progress' On Return, Expected To Play Again In Near Future

Nov 16, 2022 3:50 PM

Kyrie Irving was initially suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for a minimum five games and he has now remained out for seven games and will miss his eighth when the team wraps their west coast road trip at the Portland Trail Blazers. 

"I'm told Kyrie Irving has made progress," said Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday morning. "There's a list of things, essentially, he had to check the boxes on to be able to return, to get approval from the Nets, the NBA. I'm told he's made progress on that.

"I think once the Nets get off this road trip and head back east, you start to look at more of a timetable for a Kyrie Irving return. But I do think he'll be back with this team and it will be in the relatively near future."

Brooklyn reportedly gave Irving a list of six things he had to complete before he would be reinstated. 

Irving has averaged 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 39.6 minutes before game this season.

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Kevin Durant Still Believes Nets Can Make It Work

Nov 16, 2022 2:15 PM

Kevin Durant believes the Brooklyn Nets can make it work still around him and Kyrie Irving.

"Yeah," said Durant. "I can’t think s— ain’t working out just because we’ve been through some adversity, some bumps on the road. We just keep fighting until we can’t no more. That’s how I look at it. It’s exciting to come in every day to work to get better as a team and as an individual. For me, being a leader, it’s good to see the development of the younger guys in the league. Each game is important for us. There’s a spotlight on us because of the timing we’ve got. There is a lot to do, is we’ve just got to step up and play a different role, so I’m excited about that. Everything basketball I enjoy. It seems like regardless of what is being thrown at us [I enjoy] trying to exercise, trying to figure it out and get past it."

Durant was also asked what made him want to stay after his trade request and whether he still wants to remain with the franchise.

"I just love the people in here. We had a rough season last year. A lot of ups and downs. I felt like me pressing a trade or telling how I felt about the organization, we were able to have some honest conversations on both sides. So, I think that was what we needed, and we were able to move forward. So, it was about grinding. I committed here. I signed here. So, it’s about grinding, seeing where it takes us."

Durant also said he's in a good place with his mindset.

“I’m incredible. Loving life right now. I don’t think the world understands that. Maybe I need to get miked up more,” Durant told Marc J. Spears of Andscape at Golden 1 Center. “Maybe I need to have more fluff pieces written about me. Smile more in pictures. Maybe people might understand that I ain’t miserable in life. Like [TNT NBA analyst] Charles [Barkley] said I’m Mr. Miserable. I guess because I don’t [smile] enough for the cameras. But I’m doing incredible, man.”

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Kevin Durant: Nobody Was On Same Vibe With Me, Jacque Vaughn Is

Nov 16, 2022 1:57 PM

Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets this past offseason, which they ultimately didn't accommodate. Durant spoke of the trade request and his return to the Nets this season despite his request the Nets part ways with Steve Nash. Nash and the Nets parted ways early in the season and Jacque Vaughn was elevated to head coach after they decided not to move forward with Ime Udoka.

"It wasn’t difficult at all to request a trade because it was about ball," Durant told Chris Haynes of B/R. "I went to them and was like, ‘Yo, I don't like how we are preparing. I don't like shootarounds. I like practices. I need more. I want to work on more s--t. Hold me accountable. Get on my ass in film if that's going to help you get on everybody else’s head. I want to do more closeouts. I want to work on more shell drills at practice.’

"This was the type of s--t I was coming at them with. It wasn't like, ‘Yo, y'all need to make sure everybody around me can make my life easier.’ Hell nah, I want to make everybody else’s life easier. Ask Steve Nash, you can go call him right now. I would say, ‘Yo, I need more closeout drills. We need to practice more.’ That's what I was on.

"I wasn’t feeling that, and nobody was on that same vibe with me. Jacque Vaughn is. I had some complaints in the summer, and my complaints were not about just me; it was about how we are moving as a unit. I want us to be respected out here in the basketball world. I don’t want players to look at us and say, ‘Oh man, these [expletive] are full of s--t. That’s not the type of team I want to be on.’ So when we’re all playing like s--t, you know the one person they’re going to look at. That’s why I requested a trade."

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Nets Frustrated With Ben Simmons Availability And Level Of Play

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NBPA VP Jaylen Brown Concerned Kyrie Irving Hasn't Been Reinstated, 'Time For Larger Conversation'

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Kyrie Irving Out For Tuesday's Game, Suspension Reaches Seven Games

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Joe Tsai: Kyrie Irving 'Has To Show He's Sorry' Before Returning

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Kyrie Irving Out At Lakers On Sunday

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Insiders Interpreted LeBron James Tweet As Signal He's Open To Lakers Acquiring Kyrie Irving

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NBPA Soon Expects Resolution To Kyrie Irving's Suspension

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Adam Silver Believes Kyrie Irving Isn't Antisemitic, 'Got To Right Outcome' With Suspension

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Phil Knight Doubts Nike Would Repair Relationship With Kyrie Irving

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Nets Believe Ime Udoka Will Be Hired Elsewhere In Future, Kyrie Controversy Made It 'Too Perilous'

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League Office Created 'Friction' For Nets With Hiring Ime Udoka

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'Several Factors' Led Nets To Change Course On Ime Udoka

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Kyrie Irving Has 'Productive, Understanding' Meeting With Adam Silver

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NBPA Expected To Appeal Kyrie Irving Suspension

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Paul George, Kevin Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

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Lakers Have Concerns On Adding Kyrie Irving 'At Any Price'

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Kyrie Irving To Meet With Adam Silver

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Joe Tsai Being Urged Away From Nets Hiring Ime Udoka

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Nets Outlined Six Items Kyrie Irving Must Complete To Return To Team

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Kevin Durant Could Eventually Issue Another Trade Demand

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