Suspended eight games by Brooklyn for retweeting the poster of an anti-Semitic film, Kyrie Irving made his return Sunday night against Memphis, hours after publicly apologizing. The Nets won 127-115. The All Star point guard scored 14 points and received a standing ovation from the Barclays Center.
Winning return for Kyrie Irving (30 years old, 1.88m). For having retweeted the poster of a documentary film with anti-Semitic content last month on his networks, the star point guard from Brooklyn had been imposed by his employers an imposed suspension of eight games. The sanction ended Sunday after “Uncle Drew” issued a public apology for the first time during an interview on Saturday. “I am deeply sorry for my actions since this post was put online (…) I have no hatred for Jewish people or anyone who identifies as Jewish,” assured Irving, who was therefore able to carry out his comeback Sunday evening on the occasion of the arrival of Memphis on the floor of the Barclays Center, where the great absentee of the four weeks which had just passed received an ovation during the presentation of the teams. The three-time NBA champion with Cleveland was not exceptional for his return.
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He nevertheless had the merit of quickly regaining his marks in shooting, with some precious baskets scored from the start, for a total of 14 points (5 out of 12 on shots) during the 26 minutes spent by the famous number 11 of the Nets on field. In his own way, Ivring therefore contributed to this second victory in a row (127-115) for New York commuters against the Grizzlies deprived of their superstar Ja Morant. Jacque Vaughn, the first, welcomed the return of his leader, voluntarily excluded from the floors for eight games by Brooklyn after the lively controversy that his retweet had generated. “It was great to have him for a few minutes and for us to win while he was there.” The Nets coach can be all the more pleased with the return of the former Cav as he gave wings at the same time to Ben Simmons, author of his best game since he resumed competition (22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists). Kevin Durant, for his part, continued his momentum, with a 17th game in a row with more than 25 points (26 points, including 20 in the second half alone).