Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe he’ll be the only leader on the new-look Brooklyn Nets.
The 2019-20 NBA season is finally here, and one of the squads to look into will be the new-look Brooklyn Nets. Headed by newly-acquired superstar point guard Kyrie Irving (signed a four-year deal this past summer), Brooklyn will be looking to make noise in the Eastern Conference.
With Kevin Durant (also signed a four-year deal this past summer) expected to miss this season with a ruptured Achilles, does that mean Irving will be the true leader of this team? Not exactly. Speaking to the media this week, the former Cleveland Cavalier and Boston Celtic noted that leadership will be shared among the different assets of this organization.
"Some of my past experiences, there could be a sense of alienation when you think about someone naming you as just the leader of the team" – @KyrieIrving when asked about leading the Nets pic.twitter.com/qNMM7CfVIS
— SNY (@SNYtv) October 22, 2019
“Some of my past experiences, there could be a sense of alienation when you think about someone naming you as just the leader of the team and having it all fall on your court,” Irving said. “I want to share that responsibility with the guys. Obviously, we have different roles, and every single night there’s a consistency that you have to live up to.”
“This is one team, one common voice,” he added. “We all share our own experiences and we want to use that to be better as a team. So, individually, we have our own leadership. But, as a group, we all share that responsibility.”
Irving is, without question, the most talented individual on the active roster right now. However, he’s correct in a sense that every player on the floor still has to compete within their role and get the job done, night in and night out.
That all starts with their opening regular-season game on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center.