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Kevin Durant spoke to Nets Daily, explaining he wasn't upset with Kyrie Irving and his decision to not get vaccinated.

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie  Irving
Position: PG, SG
Age: 29
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Birth place: Melbourne, Australia

"This is not the ideal situation coming into the season, but it's out of our control. What we can do is come in and focus on our jobs every single day. What is being mad going to do? It's not going to change his mind," Durant said after the Brooklyn Nets preseason finale win over the Timberwolves.

"We'll let him figure what he needs to do and let the team figure out what they need to do. Us as players, when we're in the locker room or on the floor, we are going to work with each other. Life is amazing. I can't be too mad at somebody making a decision for themselves. Who am I to get upset at that?"

The superstar forward wants to look ahead and control what he can.

"Just focus on what we got in this locker room and when Kai is ready, I'm sure he'll talk with Joe and Sean, and they'll figure it out and tell us. Until then, we'll keep grinding."

"I definitely want Kyrie to be around. I wish none of this stuff happened, but this is the situation that we're in. Kyrie made his decision on what he wanted to do. He chose to do what he wanted to do, and the team did the same," Durant said.

Durant said it would be difficult to replace a player like Irving, but he is confident in the Nets' ability to be great even without him.

"When you're losing someone like Kyrie Irving, it's hard on the fly to figure out where you're going to get that production from. Over time, we'll start to figure out which guys will step up and play and fill that void of those minutes, shots, and opportunities," Durant said.

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