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Kyrie Irving Reacts To Nets' Slow Start

(via CelticsBlog)

(via CelticsBlog)

In Boston, Kyrie Irving became all too familiar with falling short of objectives on the basketball court. A culture of pride and inconsistency poisoned the team and destroyed their chances of a successful postseason run.

Kyrie Irving was a big part of that, and he went to Brooklyn this summer for a fresh start and a clean slate in the city he called home for many years.

And while the season is still young, the Nets have been less than inspiring out of the gate. After their loss to Detroit on Saturday night, they fell to 2-4 on the season with losses to Indiana, Memphis, and Minnesota.

Kyrie Irving said this about the current state of his team:

“We were going to naturally come in with optimism. That’s part of being on a new team,” Irving said, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “[But] the realization is … we had certain factors that played a part of us having ups and downs throughout preseason, me not foreseeing my [facial] fracture. Things come into play. It’s the rhythm of the game. That’s going to be part of it.

“That’s going to take time. When you have the expectations from the outside and you get into the realization of the season that this is a different Brooklyn Nets team than we were last year. … It’s just different because of the players we have and the talent we have. Players are going to get up to play against us.”

Clearly, Uncle Drew isn't stressing about the slow start. He knows it takes time for a team to gel and find their way, and there is plenty of time in the season for them to do just that.

Kyrie has actually been playing well so far. On the season, he's averaging 30 points per game, 7.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds on 44% shooting. As long as he keeps doing his thing, there isn't a reason to think the Nets won't turn things around -- barring what happened in Boston, of course.