The Brooklyn Nets easily put the New York Knicks away on Wednesday night, beating their Empire State rivals 112-85.
Even Ben Simmons had some good moments during his 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Nets this season
With Kyrie: Without Kyrie:
8 games 4 games
2 wins 3 wins
18th in offense 7th in offense
29th in defense 1st in defense pic.twitter.com/5NSFQ7spVm
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 10, 2022
The team was doing quite well and they did all of this while missing one crucial part of the lineup: Kyrie Irving.
Irving is still serving a suspension from the team due to the promotion of antisemitic content on social media.
There is no doubt that Irving is a wonderful player but there is also no doubt that the Nets are seeming to find their footing without him.
With Irving, the Nets won 2 games out of 8 and were 18th in offense and 29th in defense.
Now, with Irving gone, the team has won 3 out of 4 and is 7th in offense and 1st in defense.
What does this mean for the future of the team?
Nets Not In Need
What will happen to Irving and his spot on the Nets?
No one is really sure.
It sounds like the team is open to the idea of Irving returning, although he may be traded in the near future.
There would be a lot more pressure on the front office to retain Irving if the team had fallen apart without him.
But that simply isn’t the case: instead of suffering without Irving, they are coming together.
So, why wouldn’t General Manager Sean Marks get rid of the headache that is Irving in a big trade that makes the team even stronger?
It might be hard to find a new home for the player but the Nets could still get a good return for him.