The Brooklyn Nets were much more than a last-minute change of heart for Kyrie Irving, but rather his preferred landing spot soon after his postseason ended with a disappointing four straight losses against the Milwaukee Bucks. Us basketball players, we all knew that.
The Nets team played a significant role in his love for basketball. Before the N.B.A. franchise relocated to Brooklyn in 2012, they played for nearly 35 years in nearby East Rutherford at what was then called the Continental Airlines Arena.
Irving's standout clutch play took place in 2016 while playing alongside Lebron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving was surrounded by old friends when he came back to Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange to make officially sign the dotted line.
Last week Durant committed to Brooklyn and made a decision to move on from his time with Golden State. In addition to Irving, the team acquired ten-time N.B.A.
Even without the number change, Durant's Brooklyn Nets jersey was bound to end up on the list for top jersey sales, a list he's spent plenty of time on over the course of the past decade.
"As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again", he declared in a statement. And finally, they close it off with discussion about the summer league.
Obviously Durant is up for a complete makeover as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon and sets off on a new path. The Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals in each of his three seasons with the team, with Durant earning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in both championship seasons (2017 and 2018).