Why Kyrie Irving's new Nets teammates believe he's 'misunderstood'

Why Kyrie Irving's new Nets teammates believe he's 'misunderstood'

Kyrie Irving hasn't won much favor in the court of public opinion this year.

But for all the drama Irving caused on his former team, his new teammates are welcoming him with open arms.

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris even defended Irving while speaking to reporters Monday, suggesting the former Boston Celtics guard is treated unfairly by the media.

Harris spent two seasons as Irving's teammate on the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014 to 2016 and insisted the All-Star guard is easy to get along with, despite reports that Irving "hated" Boston and wasn't close with many Celtics players.

Taurean Prince, who joined the Nets via trade from the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, added a vote of confidence for Irving on Sunday, explaining his new teammate may be misunderstood simply because he's a "deep thinker." (Those who read Irving's "flat earth" comments may disagree.)

Irving also has a supporter in Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who reportedly helped recruit the 27-year-old to Brooklyn, so it sounds like the Nets' roster is on board with the signing.

Of course, the Celtics were similarly optimistic when Irving arrived in Boston in 2017, so we'll see if things change after a season of Irving running the show in Brooklyn with Kevin Durant sidelined due to injury.

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.



Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.


Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.


The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

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Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:


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