Kyrie Irving, Nets fined by NBA for violating media rules

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Kyrie Irving, Nets fined by NBA for violating media rules

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Kyrie Irving and the Nets have been fined by the NBA for violating the league’s media access rules.

The NBA handed down fines of $25,000 to Irving and the Nets after the Brooklyn star refused to participate in team media availability.

Irving has not spoken to reporters since the beginning of training camp on Dec. 1, the 2016 NBA champion releasing a brief statement rather than doing a traditional news conference last week.

“Instead of speaking to the media today, I am issuing this statement to ensure that my message is properly conveyed,” Irving’s statement said last Friday.

“I am committed to show up to work every day, ready to have fun, compete, perform, and win championships alongside my teammates and colleagues in the Nets organization.

“COVID-19 has impacted us all in many ways, so I pray for the safety and health of our communities domestically and abroad. I am truly excited for the season to start and I am also praying that everyone remains safe and healthy throughout this journey.

“My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself. Life hit differently this year and it requires us, it requires me, to move differently. So, this is the beginning of that change.”

Irving averaged 27.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in his first season in Brooklyn after arriving from the Celtics at the start of 2019-20.

The six-time All-Star made just 20 appearances last season because of a shoulder injury.

First-year head coach Steve Nash and the Nets will start their preseason against the Wizards on Sunday before facing the Warriors on opening night on Dec. 22.