It’s not getting any easier for the 76ers after a slow start to the season. Former MVP James Harden will miss one month after suffering a right foot tendon sprain, story told by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia.
ESPN sources: Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has suffered a sprained tendon in his right leg and is expected to be out for a month. pic.twitter.com/LHEIucfbFj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 3, 2022
Philadelphia did not start the season as well as planned. In their first full season with Harden, they lost their first three games and four of their first five. They won three games in a row before losing to Washington on Wednesday night.
Without his point guard for about a month, Doc Rivers will have to rely on Joel Embiid lead the team the way he did at the start of last season before the Harden trade. Tyrese Maxiwho blossomed to start the season will also need to take another step forward to help the team stay afloat.
Their depth should help them get through this phase of the season with Harden. Off-season additions of De’Anthony Melton and PJ Tucker will be relied upon to make big strikes on both sides of the floor.
Perhaps a game without Harden will allow the team to grow and be ready for his return to the floor in December, but time will tell.
Whatever Kyrie Irving trying to explain and express, he did a terrible job talking to reporters on Thursday. His public comments were the final straw for Nets management, who suspended him for at least another five games hours later after his tweet promoting an anti-Semitic film.
Irving took to Instagram to post his comments and apology late Thursday night.
Maybe this is the apology Adam Silver was looking for. Maybe that was the first move the Nets were counting on.
Irving will still be suspended for at least five games (the earliest possible return date is Nov. 13 against the Lakers in Los Angeles).
Irving also released a statement along with the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League pledging to donate $500,000 “to causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and bigotry from our communities.” After Irving’s afternoon press conference, the ADL CEO said that his organization could not accept the money because Irving felt no responsibility.
We were optimistic, but after watching the press conference, it became clear that Kairi does not feel responsible for his actions. @ADL cannot in good conscience accept his donation.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) November 4, 2022
That may have changed with Irving’s latest announcement.
The Brooklyn Nets were slow to recover, but finally got both feet up on Thursday night.
Declaring he was “unsuited to associate with the Brooklyn Nets” after the team gave him multiple chances to “state unequivocally that he has no anti-Semitic beliefs” and “admit specific hate material” in a movie he promoted on Twitter, Networks suspended Kyrie Irving.
This is a suspension of at least five games without pay and will remain in effect “until he has implemented a series of objective remedial measures to address the detrimental impact of his behavior.”
The suspension comes as Irving tweeted a link to a Holocaust-denying film and, according to those who watched, is filled with hours of hate speech against both the Jewish people and many others, such as the LGBTQ community. When asked about it by reporters on Thursday, Irving was defensive and did not apologize, adding: “I can’t be an anti-Semite if I know where I come from” and “I didn’t mean to cause any harm. I’m not the one who made the documentary.”
The Nets were slow to react and escalated the situation to the point where fans sat on the court during a Nets/Pacers game in Indiana wearing “Fight Anti-Semitism” T-shirts and Adam Silver had to call Irving for not apologizing. . Irving then met with members of the media and again did not apologize.
Here is the full statement from the Nets:
“Over the past few days, we have made repeated attempts to work with Kyrie Irving to help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which began with his release of a film containing deeply disturbing anti-Semitic hate. We believed that the path of education in this difficult situation would be the right one, and we believed that we had made progress in our common quest to eradicate hatred and intolerance.
“Today, we were dismayed that Kairiye refused to unequivocally state that he does not have anti-Semitic beliefs, and did not acknowledge the presence of specific hate material in the film. It wasn’t the first time he’d had the opportunity—but failed—to clarify.
“Such a failure to disavow anti-Semitism when there is a clear opportunity to do so is deeply troubling, contrary to the values of our organization, and constitutes behavior that is detrimental to the team. Accordingly, we believe he cannot be associated with the Brooklyn Nets at this time. We have decided that Kairiye will be suspended without pay until he completes a series of objective remedial actions to address the detrimental effects of his conduct, with a suspension period of at least five games.”
Last season, when Irving refused to be vaccinated and was unable to play at Nets home games due to New York’s vaccination mandate, team and owner Joe Tsai said he would also not play away games, taking a moral stance. This lasted until the team struggled and Kevin Duran asked for his return.
Let’s see how the Nets will hold their positions, they already started with a score of 2-6. But this suspension must last at least five games.
Both the Thunder and Clippers have been fined $25,000 for violating injury reports, according to the league’s Twitter statement Thursday.
Oklahoma City “did not report availability Josh Giddy accurately and on time” when the Thunder took on the Magic on November 1st.
The following was released by the NBA.