Kyrie Irving return date as yet unknown, Nets odds improve

By DJ Arthurs

November 14, 2022

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The Nets have gone 4-2 without suspended Kyrie Irving, consequently their odds for the Championship have started to drop. Having started as 3rd favourites at odds of 8.00 with Australian sportsbook PlayUp, the Nets moved to 15.00 at the end of October, but have been nibbled back to 13.00.

NBA Championship Betting Odds Movements - Top 6

Team (W-L)Odds Oct 11thOdds Oct 31stOdds Nov 14th
Warriors (5-8)
Bucks (10-2)7.506.006.00
Celtics (10-3)
Nets (6-8)8.0015.0013.00
Clippers (7-6)
Suns (8-4)10.009.508.00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyrie Irving’s return from suspension is still unknown, with Brooklyn Nets coach Jacque Vaughn saying Sunday he had no update on the guard.

Kyrie Irving was suspended by the Nets for a minimum of five games on Nov. 3 for refusing to say he had no antisemitic beliefs, and the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday was the sixth he missed.

“I’m just going to continue to go day-by-day, push this group and coach these dudes today,” Vaughn said.

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The Nets said Irving would not return until he satisfied “a series of objective remedial measures.”

Irving has since apologized on social media for posting a link for a film that contains antisemitic material on his Twitter page, and for not specifying the topics in it with which he disagreed.

Irving took to social media again on Sunday and posted: “I was not put here on earth to participate in any religious/political wars or incite racial disharmony/prejudice within communities. We are all equal under the sun and I am here to participate in the building of an Equal world and follow the Word from the Most High/GOD/YAH.”

It has been stated by Nets owner Joe Tsai and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after recently meeting with Irving that they don’t believe he is antisemitic.

The Nets’ next game is on Tuesday in Sacramento before they finish up their road trip on Thursday in Portland. Brooklyn has gone 4-2 since Irving was suspended.

By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 11/13/22

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