Kevin Durant Nets
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As we sit here on Friday morning, the Nets have only played one game this week. It happened on Tuesday and was a loss to the Chicago Bulls. Sharpshooter Kevin Durant just wants to play basketball, but the focus has been on everything except the court over the last few days in Brooklyn.

Between Kyrie Irving’s controversial social media post, his delayed apology, and head coach Steve Nash no longer leading the way, it’s been a tumultuous week in Nets land. Ahead of Brooklyn’s game in D.C. against the Washington Wizards, some of the media caught up with Durant. Among those taking notes was ESPN’s Nick Friedell. 

In case you’re catching up here, the Nets finally decided to suspend Irving without pay Thursday night for his conduct. His suspension didn’t have a specific end date, but it’d be at least five games. General manager Sean Marks said Irving’s apology was one step toward getting him back on the court. They also never considered releasing the 30-year-old veteran.

What’s on Durant’s mind now that he’ll be playing at least the next few games without Irving on the court with him?

Durant was also asked about the things Kyrie did this past week, from sharing an antisemitic film to not directly apologizing for it multiple times. Here’s what he said:

All the dude wants to do is put his head down and play some basketball. That’s what Durant has done so far this season, despite the Nets’ 2-6 start. When discussing his trade request from the summer during training camp, Durant touched on how building a “championship culture” within the organization he plays for is important.

It’s safe to say the events of the past week have been the opposite of what he’s hoping for. He did add that he trusts Brooklyn to do the right thing.

After he made these comments during the shootaround, Kevin Durant went to Twitter to clarify them:

The Nets finally having a game on Friday is probably the best thing for the organization. Their focus can start turning back to the court, with hopes they can finally start to move past just their latest parade of mistakes.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.