Kyrie Irving could finally return to the court this season after the Brooklyn Nets reportedly decided to allow him to be with the team in road games. Following a series of COVID-19 cases, the No. 1 seed in the East is changing its stance on Kyrie's situation, opening the door for a return.
Irving and Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson will be huge additions to their respective teams and people are already debating who will have the bigger impact once they both return to the court.
Ahead of Friday night's matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, ESPN's NBA Countdown crew discussed what team will get the more benefits when Kyrie and Klay come back. Kendrick Perkins said that Klay will be more impactful than Kyrie, taking a shot at the 2016 NBA champion for his constant absences.
“I’m going with Klay because of the Warriors culture. The system is already there, he don’t have to do much. He knows his role in their system, it hasn’t changed in the last 5-6 years. I trust Klay to come in and be Klay, and he’s not gonna disappear. He’s not-not gonna show up for practice for two weeks.”
As you may know, Perkins has been one of Kyrie's hardest critics. The former player-turned-analyst has attacked Kyrie for many reasons in the past couple of years. Still, he has a valid point there. Irving's personality has created some issues for the Nets and this whole covid-19 situation is the perfect sample of that.
The point guard is incredibly talented and can be the missing piece for the Nets, but his antics are what make him an unpredictable player who can decide he won't play one day without any explanation.
Meanwhile, Klay can't wait to return to the court after two years of absence. The Golden State Warriors hope to see him back in January. They won't have to make big adjustments to open room for Klay, as he knows his role on the team.
While many think they will be equally impactful, Perkins sides with Thompson on this one. As he said, Kyrie's behaviors could affect his squad instead of benefiting them.