Steve Nash on if he’s confident Kyrie Irving will play again this year: ‘Sure’

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“Sure.”

That’s all Steve Nash had to say when he was asked if he’s confident Kyrie Irving will suit up for the Brooklyn Nets again in 2020-21 bringing the attention back to the team’s task at hand on Tuesday: the Denver Nuggets.

But that was only the end of the questioning Brooklyn’s head coach received on the matter. He was also asked if he’s seen the video the NBA is currently investigating.

“I didn’t see it, but I think that Sean [Marks] released a statement,” Nash said on Zoom to reporters before Tuesday’s game. “From my position, I’m gonna leave it at that — Sean and the organization’s statement — and really focus on the game tonight.”

Again, Nash was asked a question about Irving. This time about the organization’s level of communication with the guard.

“There’s been communication, but I think that’s all in-house,” he said. “I think we keep that to ourselves and we try to figure out our home front privately.”

That still wasn’t the end of it for Nash, receiving a question about preventing Irving’s situation from distracting the team.

“This season is so challenging, so demanding. We got our hands full,” Brooklyn’s head coach said. “Literally it’s getting up and getting to work every day. and pushing these guys to continue to grow and to come together and build a team. So, we’re just pushing these guys to be the best they can be and to understand clearly and simply what we’re asking for and get the best out of them. You just focus on the work ahead.”

Tuesday’s game will mark the fourth in a row Irving has missed due to personal reasons — and the league’s findings may lead to him missing more time.

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