Report: Kyrie Irving took a mental-health day in missing Nets-76ers
Kyrie Irving missed the Nets’ win over the 76ers last night due to personal reasons. Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said before the game he hadn’t spoken to the point guard and didn’t know the reason for the absence.
Brandon Robinson of Heavy:
Kyrie Irving’s reasoning for not playing in tonight’s game per a close source: “I just didn’t want to play.”— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) January 8, 2021
Remember, Robinson reported last season Irving would miss 2-3 more weeks with thoracic bursitis. The Nets denied that report. Then, Irving missed two-and-a-half more weeks with bursitis. Consider that when evaluating Robinson’s reporting on Irving.
With everything happening, it’s hard to concentrate on basketball. I wouldn’t begrudge Irving one bit for taking a mental-health day. Many people probably wish they had that luxury in their jobs. More should. Beyond just directly helping people’s wellness, it’d increase their long-term productivity.
If Irving didn’t communicate clearly with the team, that’s obviously not ideal. There’s a history with him that raises antennas. But if he deeply needed a mental-health day, he might also deserve some tolerance for not handling it in the most responsible manner.
There’s still plenty to sort out – maybe publicly, maybe privately. In the meantime, there’s room for compassion and benefit of the doubt.