Suspended All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is nearing the completion of the process required for a return to the game and could rejoin the Brooklyn Nets once Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies takes place at the Barclays Center, they said Sources ESPN with.
Irving will miss his eighth straight game Thursday night in Portland, but he’s nearing the end of his suspension after nearly two weeks, sources said.
“Kyrie continues on his journey of dialogue and education,” Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the NBPA, told ESPN on Wednesday night. “He has faced the full weight of the impact of his voice and actions, particularly in the Jewish community. Kyrie rejects anti-Semitism in any form and strives to better himself and expand his understanding. He plans to continue this journey well into the future to ensure that his words and actions are consistent with his quest for truth and knowledge.”
Tremaglio and the union have been working closely with Irving, the Nets and the NBA to help him draft his own remedies to end the suspension, sources said. What started as a rigid list of requirements grew into Irving himself taking responsibility for the process, which the networks and the league hoped would be the case, sources said.
Irving is executing a minimum five-game suspension without pay for initially not apologizing and condemning his social media connection to a film containing anti-Semitic material.
Irving’s apology, posted to his Instagram account hours after announcing his suspension on Nov. 4, followed two press conferences and a public statement to the networks that contained no apology or condemnation.
Irving has met individually with Nets owner Joe Tsai and commissioner Adam Silver, and both have said publicly that they do not believe Irving is anti-Semitic.
At the time of his suspension, the Nets issued a statement saying, “The failure to reject antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply troubling, violates our organization’s values, and constitutes behavior that the team.” harms.”
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,” adding that the union is “very forward-looking.” . soon to a resolution of all matters satisfactory to all parties.”
The NBPA described the recent meetings as “efforts to deepen understanding and open clear lines of communication between all parties”.
The Nets are 4-3 without Irving during his suspension, including a 153-121 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Brooklyn is 6-9 overall, 5.5 games behind first-placed Boston in Eastern Conference standings.
Irving, 30, is averaging 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Nets this season.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35041820/sources-kyrie-irving-rejoin-nets-soon-sunday Kyrie Irving could rejoin Nets as soon as Sunday