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The Rush: Nets win Kyrie Irving’s season debut but Lance Stephenson steals the show

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In his season debut, Kyrie Irving helps Nets overcome a late deficit to snap a 3-game losing streak and tennis star Novak Djokovic is stuck in the airport after the Australian government calls foul on his COVID-19 vaccine exemption. Plus, Lance Stephenson stole Kyrie Irving’s thunder as he too made his NBA season debut, balling out for the COVID-riddled Pacers.

Video Transcript

- And here he goes, Kyrie, squaring up. The handles, pushing the ball ahead a little, creates space. Nice little shot in the paint.

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JARED QUAY: Kyrie Irving made his season debut with the Nets last night in Indiana. Kyrie thinks the world is flat and refuses to get vaccinated. So I knew common sense wasn't really his forte.

- Common sense or science.

JARED QUAY: But this is just too much. Look at Kyrie blowing aerosols and droplets into his hands, then dapping up Domantas Sabonis right before tip-off. You can't do that, Kyrie, not in 2022.

- That's nasty.

JARED QUAY: It took Kyrie a while to shake off the COVID-- I mean, the rust. But he scored 22 points and helped the Nets come from behind in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game losing streak. So pretty good, Kyrie.

- (SINGING) Not too shabby.

JARED QUAY: The biggest surprise of the contest was Lance Stephenson. Yeah, I know. I haven't heard that name in a while.

- It's been 84 years.

JARED QUAY: Dude came out of retirement to help his former team, the COVID-depleted Pacers.

- Lets it fly for 3-- got it!

- You can't ask for a better debut than that. I don't care what you expected. You can't ask for more than that.

JARED QUAY: And my man dropped 20 points in the first quarter alone. He scored 30 points total. So obviously, this situation called for a meme, and it's a damn good one.

Drama has hit the Australian Open. And the tennis tournament hasn't even started yet. Men's number 1 ranked player in the world Novak Djokovic is a vocal anti-vaxxer, which is a problem given Australia's incredibly strict vaccine mandate.

But to the shock of many, he was granted a medical exemption by the government and the state of Victoria. So Novak, looking to get his 10th Australian Open title, hopped on an airplane. And when he landed, he was basically told--

- Get the [BLEEP] out of here, all right?

JARED QUAY: Border authorities looked at Novak's medical exemption and called bull [BLEEP] and canceled his visa to enter the country.

- Own that shit, queen.

JARED QUAY: Did you know that Queen Elizabeth is still the monarch of Australia? That's crazy to me though. Anyways, we couldn't reach Queen E for comment. But Australia's prime minister took to Twitter to roast Novak (AUSTRALIAN ACCENT) on the barbie.

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My accent. He basically said, (AUSTRALIAN ACCENT) just because you're famous doesn't mean you can break the rules. I know it's a terrible accent, but it's the best I got. Nicole Kidman, on the other hand, we all know she can do whatever the hell she wants to. But Novak ain't no Nicole. So he's stuck in the airport like Tom Hanks in "Terminal," waiting on his appeal to get his visa approved.

- I need this.

JARED QUAY: I would feel bad for Novak, but this is the same guy who wasn't on board with female players getting paid the same as men. This is the same guy who formed a men's-only players union that the greats like Federer and Nadal refused to join. This is a guy who decided to host his own tennis tournament during a worldwide shutdown, where several players, including himself, got COVID.

You see where I'm going with this, right? He might be an incredible athlete, but my guy is a jerk, kind of like Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and don't forget the time he hit that girl in the throat with a ball. I mean, I don't know if he did it--

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