‘No time’ to contemplate the past, what could have been

Kyrie Irving and the Nets have no interest in looking back at what could have been had he been available all season.

“Honestly, we don’t have time to think about the past,” Irving told reporters on Sunday after his first game at the Barclays Center of the season. “It won’t do anyone justice in our dressing room to think about what could have been, who should, who would, who could. We only control what we can move forward.

“We know where we are in the table and we also know how much talent we have in that dressing room and what we’re capable of, although for us that might look like a defeat that could have been in the Victory Column, we’re taking just get our bumps and bruises and move forward, but I think what we’ve learned so far is when we limit our distractions — and that includes reflecting on the past and thinking about what the future holds, we’re not on a good place. I don’t think that’s a good energy or a good mindset, so the mentality that’s moving forward is just take it one day at a time, live in the moment and enjoy it because nothing is guaranteed here, not even tomorrow.”

Kyrie Irving dribbles during the Nets' loss to the Hornets.
Kyrie Irving dribbles during the Nets’ loss to the Hornets.
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Struggling in his first home game after Mayor Eric Adams lifted the private sector vaccination mandate, Irving went 6-22 from the field to record 16 points and 11 assists in a 119-110 loss to the Hornets.

He has played just 22 games for the Nets this season after being initially banned from the team for his stance on staying unvaccinated before being allowed to play only on the road again.

The Nets, now 39-36, are in contention for a place in the play-in rounds – a scenario that is the result of a series of problems they have had this season. Irving’s lack of availability would be high on that list.

“I don’t even think about it like that,” Kevin Durant said when asked if Irving put the Nets in a difficult position. “He’s here now, that’s the situation we’re in, put our heads down and get to work. It’s a challenge and everyone will face challenges as a team this year. This is what we have ahead of us and we have to accept it. I’m excited to see what lies ahead.”

The Nets are looking to win Tuesday’s season series against the Pistons after beating Detroit the first three games. ‘No time’ to contemplate the past, what could have been


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