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Kyrie Irving ‘okay’ after being elbowed in head in practice, going to hospital

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 1: Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets attends the game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Los Angeles Sparks on August 1, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Nets’ coach Kenny Atkinson did not attend the team’s media day on Tuesday, but he had a good reason:

He had gone to the hospital with Kyrie Irving, who had taken an elbow to the head during a pickup game at the team’s facility. It was serious enough that the Nets decided to get things checked out.

However, it apparently is not that serious.

Hopefully, this really is nothing.

After a season where Irving did not connect (to put it very kindly) with a good young core of players in Boston, the pressure is on him to show something different in Brooklyn this season with Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, and others. The Nets, a playoff team in the East a year ago, should be better this season with Irving. Should. And while the team says Kevin Durant will not play this season, if that changes some time after the All-Star break, the Nets become a potential threat to 76ers and Bucks on top of the East.

But to get there, Irving has to do more than just put up numbers. Team GM Sean Marks is confident he will.