The biggest question surrounding the Brooklyn Nets isn't about why they're on a two-game losing streak. It's about the whereabouts of star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed the team's last three games for "personal reasons."
The latest reports state that Irving is "off the grid" while his timetable to return to the lineup remains a mystery. However, he may not be as "off the grid" as people think.
On Monday, videos of Irving partying at a large gathering with his family surfaced. It was likely a party for Irving's sister, Asia, whose birthday is on Jan. 12, and his father, whose birthday is on Jan. 11.
Videos have surfaced of Kyrie Irving at a large birthday gathering alongside his sister, Asia.— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) January 12, 2021
Kyrie’s sister & dad have birthdays this week.
Given the size of the gathering & now public nature of it, Kyrie might now have to undergo a quarantine period before returning. https://t.co/McrYtFH9XK pic.twitter.com/U4T1KAvMTl
There is no confirmation if the video is recent. However, a Twitter investigation suggests it is. Apparently, it was Asia Irving's 30th birthday. Perez says in the video that you can see candles on her cake with the number 30 and balloons in the background also have the number 30 in roman numerals.
Wobvestigation: the facts surrounding the leaked Kyrie Irving video pic.twitter.com/ZSH5MeshHx— Sherwob Holmes (@WorldWideWob) January 12, 2021
With the way things are going, Irving will likely miss his fourth consecutive game for the Nets on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets. When he's finally ready to return to the lineup, the 28-year-old will likely have to quarantine, which would delay his return to the court even further.
If the NBA investigates the situation and finds Irving violated COVID-19 protocols, he could also be fined.
Before the season began, Brooklyn was the favorite to win the Eastern Conference with a healthy Irving and Kevin Durant. So far, Irving's off-court antics have put a halt to the team's success.
At this point, it's unclear if the six-time All-Star even wants to keep playing this season. If he doesn't, it would be a huge loss for the Nets. Irving has been stellar in seven games this season, averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game while shooting 50.4% from the field and 42.6% from deep.