Resolution soon on Kyrie Irving; no momentum for road trip return

Suspended Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has met with team, league and union officials “on multiple occasions” over the past few days and there is optimism for a “very soon” resolution, the National Basketball Players Association said on Friday in an email ESPN received.

Even with the fifth of at least five suspensions on Saturday night against the LA Clippers, there’s no momentum for a potential return to playing for Irving during this four-game Western Conference trip that ends Thursday in Portland, sources told ESPN.

The Nets return home against Memphis on Nov. 20.

Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife Clara met Thursday with Irving, who has been suspended for at least five games for initially failing to condemn and apologize for anti-Semitic material shared on his social media.

“It is clear to me that Kyrie does not harbor any hatred towards Jewish people or any other groups,” Tsai tweeted on Friday.

Irving is expected to work with a number of constituencies – including meetings with Jewish community leaders – and make a good faith effort to show his sincerity to the Nets and the NBA before being cleared for a return to play.

Irving, who met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday, is serving one term as the NBPA’s vice president.

In the NBPA memo, the union claims that “Kyrie’s rights and the rights of all future players have been protected at every turn”, adding that the union “looks forward to a satisfactory resolution of all matters very soon”. to all parties.” The NBPA described the recent meetings as “efforts to deepen understanding and open clear lines of communication between all parties”.

The NBPA reiterated in the memo that Irving and the union “unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred.”

The NBPA emailed players a week ago urging patience with the Irving process, saying in Friday’s email that “we believe that careful pausing and thinking pays off.”

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35002896/sources-nets-kyrie-irving-miss-upcoming-road-trip Resolution soon on Kyrie Irving; no momentum for road trip return

Emma Bowman

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