Nets’ Steve Nash ‘liquid’ in absence of Kyrie Irving


This is not just a net to fill the vacancy left by Kyrie Irving.

Steve Nash said he was expected to adapt to how Irving would be replaced in the Nets, after one day the team would not allow a point guard as a part-time player because he refused to get a Kovid-19 vaccine.

“I feel like last year, we will be able to adapt and go in different directions,” Nash said Wednesday after practice. “I haven’t made any firm decisions. I don’t know [that] There will be no firm decisions. I think it’s a kind of liquid for us if something doesn’t make much sense.

“But right now, we’re looking at our depth, and we need to keep producing from all those different options and find the combinations that work for us and find the combinations that work for the different adjustments.”

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Bruce Brown and veteran Patty Mills see the bump in playing Irving unavailable. Brown stepped into the starting lineup last season when Irving was injured or left the team, two of three playoff games against the Bucks, who missed Irving with an ankle injury.

“Yes, I am trying,” Brown said when asked about entering Irving. “Ky does a lot for us. So I mean, next man. If the team needs me to do that, I’ll try to do a little bit more, but I guess I’ll play my part.

Mills came off the bench with the Spurs during his 10-year tenure and could play a similar role in his first year with the Nets.

“I’m here together, as a group, for that reason, to be able to do their part for the betterment of the team,” Mills said. “Knowing this is a collective group that needs to fill shoes and work together to keep this team rolling.”

Nash said everyone (except Irving) is expected to be available for Thursday’s preseason final against the Timberwolves at Barclays Center.


A source close to Irving told The Post’s Brian Lewis that the Nets had not negotiated any deal extension with Irving and his camp for some time. Irving could lose more than $ 17 million this season, with player selection for 2022-23.

GM Sean Marks was confident that by the time the training camp opened in August, extensions for the Nets’ Big 3 would be in place. James Harden can wait until the end of the season to sign one, which gives him an additional $ 62 million guarantee.


Durant entered the NFT (non-fungible token) space on Wednesday as his Thirty Five Ventures announced a partnership with Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot. Durant has a role in curing and creating NBA top shot moments – highlight clips that serve as digital trading cards.

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