After the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, Kyrie Irving stood in the locker room, sage in hand, and talked about the team’s positive trajectory after a tumultuous and controversial offseason.
In an interview with ESPN, Irving said, “I’ll inform you right now it goes all the way up.” Everyone on the Nets, from Joe Tsai, the owner, to the 16th player, is a fan. We’re all feeling it since we’ve all contributed to this achievement. When things go wrong, we’re all a part of it. Therefore, we will continue to build upon the high standards of responsibility we have set for one another, and I have no doubt that our efforts will bear fruit.
Irving, at 30 years old, discussed his possible regrets regarding the 2021-22 season, his current feelings toward the Nets, the length of time he still wants to play, and why he will always love basketball.
At the media day, you mentioned that you might have secured a four-year agreement worth more than $100 million. Do you enter the new year believing that, if you perform to the best of your abilities, you will still hold a deal with the Nets or another team at the end of the season?
Irving said that I’m keeping patient and, in all candor, I’m just letting things play out. This is when it’s most important for me to focus on developing long-lasting connections with my teammates and supporting them in all aspects of their lives, on and off the court. That is going to be a one-of-a-kind challenge this year.
Getting my mind off of things that are either too far off in the future, too far away from now, or too far away from where I hope to be. I just want to enjoy what I do for a living, be grateful for each day God gives me, and focus on being present. What a business, huh?