Emotional and remorseful Kyrie Irving issued a public apology Sunday at a shootout with the Nets before he returned to the court after an eight-game suspension on Sunday night.
“I don’t support anything close to hate speech, anti-Semitism, or anything that goes against humanity,” Irving said. via The Associated Press. “I feel that we should all be able to speak up for ourselves when we are being suggested and I feel it was necessary for me to stand in that place and take responsibility for my actions because there was a way I had to deal with all of that, and when I look back and reflect, when I had the opportunity to express my deepest regrets to anyone who felt threatened or offended by what I posted, that was not my intention at all.”
Irving was suspended not only for posting a link to an anti-Semitic film on Twitter, but also for not apologizing for it and being defiant at the start of the controversy (this also led Nike to suspend their relationship with him). On Sunday he had a different, more thoughtful tone.
“I didn’t want to harm any person, any group of people, and yes, this is an important moment for me, because in the course of this process I can learn that the power of my voice is very strong, the influence that I have within myself. my community is very strong and I want to be held accountable for that,” Irving said. “To do that, you have to admit when you’re wrong and when you hurt people and it affects them.”
The Nets released the following statement:
“Kyrie took responsibility for this journey and spoke with several members of the Jewish community,” the team said in a statement. “We are pleased that he is taking a meaningful approach to this process.”
The Nets went 5-3 without Irving and, more importantly, started playing strong defense under Jacques Vaughn. Brooklyn has the second-best defense in the league in those eight games.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored a season-high 34 points while R. J. Barrett as well as Julius Randle each had 25 points, leading the New York Knicks to a 129–119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
Just eight days ago, the Thunder beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden by 145 points, including 79 in the first half. But this time, New York held off Oklahoma City’s offense for most of the game.
Coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t say that his team made any special adjustments in the rematch, but pointed to familiarity as the key to better defensive play.
“This is a hard cover. I don’t know if we did something differently, but they got everyone’s attention with their performance last week,” Thibodeau said.
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The Knicks took control in the second quarter with Immanuel Quickly coming off the bench, he scored 12 of his 18 points as New York took a double-digit lead, and they eventually increased it to 16 when the starting line-up returned.
Randle had 16 points in the half to lead while the Knicks had 11 points at halftime. Randle finished the game with a double-double, leading all rebounders in the game with 11.
Brunson took over in the third quarter with a dozen points as the Knicks maintained that halftime lead before the finals. An off-season signing free agent achieved his Knicks record by hitting 13 of 14 two-point shots, only missing in the last minute. He was more impressed with how his teammates rose to the occasion.
“It was a total team effort. Julius made us start early and that helped me open up in the second half,” Brunson said. “I was just trying to stay aggressive and stop defensively, and I was lucky that the shots didn’t work out tonight.”
As different players took turns providing offense for New York, Thibodeau was encouraged by the way his team played all four quarters.
“I think they played well with each other and made some good plays to get everyone to work and create quality shots for each other,” Thibodeau said. “When you have that kind of balanced attack, I think it’s hard to tune in to one particular guy.”
The arrest took place in Rhode Island, where McClanagan lives. according to the Boston Police Department. He was transferred to Boston to face charges of “rape and drug use for sexual intercourse.” McClanagan was brought in for arrest on a Boston Municipal Court arrest warrant on November 17.
From the Boston Police:
On Friday, November 18, 2022, officers from the Boston Sexual Assault Unit, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, and the Warwick, Rhode Island Police Department located and arrested 43-year-old Robert McClanagan of Warwick, Rhode Island, Island), in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by Boston Municipal Court on November 17, 2022 on charges of rape and drug use for sexual intercourse. The suspect was brought in by the BPD Fugitive Unit in coordination with Warwick Rhode Island Police Department officers to be registered with their unit. McClanagan will appear in court on Monday in the Third District Court for Kent County, Rhode Island, where he will be charged with fugitives.
McClanagan’s attorney declined to comment on ESPN.
McClanagan, 43 says on his website he was a “skills development coach for the NBA’s top players, including the MVP Derrick RoseKevin Durant, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook“. Curry wrote the foreword for a book for sale on McClanagan’s website. A number of other high-profile NBA players have links to McClanagan, including John WallCarmelo Anthony and Kevin Love. McClanagan also gives speeches to corporate clients. He was an occasional player with Syracuse from 1999 to 2001.
Ben Simmons heard whistling even in street clothes on the bench. He returned to Philadelphia last season as a Brooklyn Nets player after being forced out of Philadelphia in a trade, and Philadelphia fans let him hear it.
On Tuesday night, he’ll take it to a whole new level when Ben Simmons slips the Nets jersey over his head and takes to the court for another team for the first time in Philadelphia. He knows the Sixers fans haven’t left as reported by Tim Bontemps on ESPN.
— In Philadelphia? Simmons said, drawing more laughter. “I know what is coming. This is part of the game. Philadelphia fans, one thing about Philadelphia fans is they are incredible. They are the hardheads of Philadelphia, and they are all of Philadelphia, whatever it may be. I respect it in the city. This is a sports city. I was talking, I think, with Yuta. [Watanabe] before the game about what it’s like to play in Philadelphia and it’s an incredible opportunity to wear any jersey.
“This is Philadelphia and it’s a unique experience.”
Well played with positivity.
But you can be sure that not only are the Sixers’ fans still unhappy with Simmons’ performance for their team (when he was forced to leave in a trade), but the Sixers’ slow 8-8 start to a season that was expected , they will promote. the teams at the top will express their dissatisfaction with Simmons. It won’t be pretty.
The history of Sixers fans being frustrated with Simmons—and Simmons being frustrated with the Sixers front office—is a long one. This goes back to Simmons’ name, which came up in talk of a 2021 deadline trade for Harden, missed free throws in the playoffs that followed, and a much-discussed dunk against the Hawks. Most importantly, though, Simmons pushed for the trade by not playing for Philadelphia at all during the season and essentially wasting Embiid’s heyday.
Simmons is showing his best basketball with the Network, including his 22 points on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. He found a level of comfort, he came off the bench, but returned to the starting five and works more without the ball. He finds his role.
Simmons will get off lightly on the court on Tuesday as he won’t have to play against any of Philadelphia’s big three. Joel Embiid (sprained foot), James Harden (stretching the tendon of the right foot) and Tyrese Maxi (fractured left foot) it’s over. Simmons played about 4/5 of the role for the Nets and probably would have equaled on points with Embiid.
But he’s going up against 76ers fans and it won’t be easy.