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Stoudemire appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday and detailed how Irving’s absence hurt the Nets. Irving refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and was banned from the organization earlier in the season. He returned to playing away before New York City dropped his tenure.
“I think it hurt us. It definitely hurt us because we didn’t have enough consistency with Kyrie to build chemistry with the group, with the team,” Stoudemire said, via Nets Daily. “He is only playing away from home depending on the city he is in … he cannot play in New York … so we had different formations, different matchups depending on the game program. So it was difficult for us coaches to understand who he is. he will play despite Kyrie. So it was difficult for us to handle him. So yeah, he was part of it. “
Stoudemire also appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” and asked Networks General Manager Sean Marks will receive some insurance from Irving for the 2022-23 season if the guard decides to withdraw his $ 36.5 million player option.
He said a meeting between Marks and the team’s two superstars – Irving and Kevin Durant – must take place.
“But I think with Kevin and Ky, he will have a real match. Because Ky, since joining the Nets, has lost more games than he has played. So I think you have a conversation: two of your stars The players sit down in a room and they say, “Kyrie, what’s your goal? Do you want to be the best player in the game? Do you want to achieve more in this league? What are your goals for the future? “
“And if they both understand that ‘Hey, we want to make this special here, we want to win a championship’ and he is committed to playing in those games, then I think it will bring him back.”
Stoudemire said any agreement should be contractually worked out.
“You can say that you are available and ready to play next season, but you will really do it or you will give up on this and you will not play,” said Stoudemire. “And if that were the case, you’d have this situation where he says he’s going to be available, but he doesn’t (he’ll play). Now what do we do? So now you have to negotiate it in the contract, in the writing, try to find a way to have the writing fixed in the contract in which if it doesn’t sound these things happen “.
Irving played 29 games for Brooklyn after all the dust settled. He averages 27.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. Brooklyn was overwhelmed in the first round of the playoffs.
It is unclear if Irving will return with the Nets at this point. In the end-of-season press conference he said he wanted to come back.
“I’m not going to go anywhere. This is all the more motivation for our franchise to be at the top of the chart in the next few years. When I say I’m here with Kev, I think it really implies running this franchise along with flank [owner] thu [Tsai] and Sean [Marks]and our group of family members that we have in our organization, ”said Irving, via FOX Sport. “I think we have to make some moves this offseason and be really intentional about what we’re building and really care about us.”