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Nets GM Marks calls Irving apology ‘a step’ to return; Durant reacts as well

Michael Holley believes the Brooklyn Nets are quickly becoming the worst franchise in the NBA, and Vincent Goodwill explains why trading Kevin Durant would help Brooklyn start fresh.

It took a five-game suspension that will cost him nearly $1.3 million, but Kyrie Irving finally apologized for his Tweet promoting an antisemitic movie that offended members of the Jewish faith and community — and anyone who appreciates truth and not wild conspiracy theories.

Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters Irving’s apology was “a step” toward his return to the team.

Marks added they have never considered releasing Irving.

The earliest Irving can return is Nov. 13 on the road against the Lakers.

Kevin Durant also spoke with reporters and sounded over both Irving as a distraction and the Nets’ response to it.

Durant then went on Twitter to clarify his comments.

Durant has always been frustrated with the focus on things off the court and around the game, and he clearly saw the week of drama — from Irving’s Tweet through Steve Nash parting ways with the team — as a distraction.

Like Durant, the Nets are hopeful that this latest self-created controversy will die down and they can get back to focusing on playing basketball, which also hasn’t gone all that well for them. The Nets have started 2-6 with the worst defense in the NBA so far, and people around the league are wondering how much worse it can get.