James Harden Breaks His Silence On Kyrie Irving Controversy


James Harden has addressed Kyrie Irving refusing to get vaccinated despite New York mandates requiring athletes to receive the shot before playing games in the city.

Harden’s comments followed a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania stating the Nets won’t allow Irving to play in road games either, and won’t offer him a contract extension.

“Kyrie believes in his beliefs and he stands firmly,” Harden told reporters on Wednesday. “We respect it, we all love Ky. But we have a job to do, and individually myself, I’m still wanting to set myself up for a championship. The entire organization, is on the same path.”

Asked whether he had spoken to Irving during the star point guard’s absence, Harden said, “I haven’t talked to him”.


His blunt comment – a clear indication that he is tired of talking about his controversial teammate – was followed by an awkward silence and the conclusion of the press conference.

Nets coach Steve Nash also spoke about the organisation deciding not to allow Irving to play for the team part-time.

“It was a difficult decision,” Nash said. “But I think it was a sound one and one that makes complete sense to everyone. We are just going to have to move on. And, if things change, it will be incredible to have him back in the fold.”

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