Kevin Durant has no regrets about joining the Nets, even in the wake of a controversial report that said his pal Kyrie Irving’s “mood swings” are causing Nets officials agita.
“Relax mcnabb,” Durant tweeted Tuesday when former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb mused, “with everything starting to come out with [Kyrie Irving] and the [Nets], when will [Durant] realize maybe I should’ve stayed in Golden State? Boy I’ve seen this happen before.”
Earlier, ESPN reported that Irving’s “infamous mood swings,” which ex-teammates in Cleveland and Boston confirmed to the outlet, followed the superstar point guard to Brooklyn. The episodes purportedly cause Irving to close himself off to the coaching staff, front office and in some cases his teammates.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson called the report “completely false.” Durant (four years, $164 million) left the dynasty Warriors to team up with Irving (four years, $136 million) this summer with the up-and-coming Nets.
“I look at Kyrie as somebody who is an artist,” Durant told ESPN. “You have to leave him alone. You know what he’ll bring to the table every night because he cares so much about the game.”
On the floor, Irving has been dominant, averaging 37.7 points for the 1-2 Nets. Durant, meanwhile, is expected to miss most, if not all of the season with a torn Achilles tendon he suffered during last year’s NBA Finals.