2. The full-time return of Kyrie Irving for the Brooklyn Nets
Nets fans have every reason to be skeptical of Irving’s off-court behavior. His ability to play basketball at a high level is not in question. Irving is still one of the most dangerous ball handlers in the NBA.
His trickery with the ball in his hands can be mesmerizing. Nets fans should get to see this quite often during the upcoming regular season. Irving can tie opposing defenders into knots with his myriad of in-and-out dribbles in isolation.
It’s fair to point out that Irving’s selfishness on the offensive end goes against the grain of the egalitarian nature of most elite teams in the modern NBA. The truth is that he’s still efficient enough to produce good offense even when he’s overly committed to isolation ball. When he’s got it cooking it’s a joy to watch for Nets fans.
Irving is an acquired taste on the court but when fans focus on what he does well, rather than the deficiencies in his game then he is unlocked to be a joy to watch. The more attention Irving receives for his play on the floor rather than his off-floor antics the better off the Nets are going to be. He’s a ticking time bomb in some ways, but Nets fans can comfortably enjoy his play when he’s on the floor and engaged.