Kyrie Irving will likely be a robust locker room presence for the Nets, in response to Joe Harris.
Harris and Irving have been teammates with the Cavaliers and will likely be reunited as soon as once more after the star introduced he was heading to Brooklyn this summer time.
Irving will likely be becoming a member of the Nets after a tough stint in Boston, the place he was reportedly sad and had points with teammates in addition to the teaching employees. Harris, nevertheless, defended Irving throughout a latest interview with the New York Submit.
“Kyrie, he’s got a big personality,” Harris stated. “He’s one of these guys that’s misunderstood. The way that he’s construed in the media is probably going to paint him in a light that is not necessarily true. I’d say you could ask a lot of people that played with him and they’d all say that he’s a great teammate and a good guy to be around.”
Harris stated he loved his time taking part in with Irving and was trying ahead to sharing the court docket with him once more.
“None of us are perfect all the time,” Harris stated. “We’re all going to have ups and downs all through the course of the season. … For him, sadly, he is simply in certainly one of these situations the place there’s a lot extra consideration on him and persons are paying rather more consideration to when he does have an off day.
“I have off days on a regular basis, too, however no one actually cares when I have an off day. Individuals care when Kyrie does.”
Irving averaged 23.eight factors and 6.9 assists for the Celtics final season. He has made six All-Star groups throughout his eight-year profession and gained a championship with Cleveland in 2015-16.
“He is certainly one of these guys the place he is very a lot must-see,” Harris said. “Everyone knows the expertise, however I received to see it for a yr and a half on daily basis. … He actually is that proficient. He is a top-10 expertise.”
The Nets additionally added star Kevin Durant and middle DeAndre Jordan this offseason. They despatched D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade, as effectively.
Harris poured in a career-high 13.7 factors per recreation and shot 47.4% from 3-point vary for Brooklyn in 2018-19.