Nets mailbag: Why Kevin Durant won’t have Draymond Green moment with Kyrie Irving

Nets mailbag: Why Kevin Durant won’t have Draymond Green moment with Kyrie Irving

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Nets.

How do you predict the dynamic of KD and Kyrie will play out once the inevitable turbulent part of next season hits (e.g. after one misses a couple of late-game shots, after a losing streak)? — PJ

The cheeky answer is: better than it played out with the Warriors between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, when Green decided to cuss out KD.

Yes, the season is going to have its ups, downs and frustrations. Durant admitted that an endgame spat with Green in 2018-19 “definitely” played a role in his decision to leave Golden State for Brooklyn. And it was Irving’s frustration with some Celtics teammates’ ways — arriving in Miami at 2 a.m. on Jan. 9, partying in South Beach, then getting routed by the Heat — that poisoned the well in that relationship.

But the Nets are hoping different circumstances will lead to different results. This is home for Irving, the first NBA destination that he has chosen. And the pair are friends, and have talked about playing together since teaming with buddy DeAndre Jordan to win 2016 Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t do the prediction thing, and I can’t say how they’ll react to the first losing skid or rough patch, but I’d think they have enough respect for each other and history between them that they’d handle their on-court mistakes better than those other situations.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant
Kyrie Irving and Kevin DurantAP

What’s happening with Kyrie’s rehab? Where’s he able to do it in this new social-distance world? — Andrew Goldman

The coronavirus pandemic has essentially locked NBA teams out of their various practice facilities, and HSS Training Center is no different. Nets GM Sean Marks acknowledged as much, even alluding to the possibility Irving and Durant could see their rehabs set back by not having access to the performance team and training center.

I’m not privy to his daily routine, but presumably Irving — a West Orange, N.J., native — is practicing social distancing and rehabbing as best he can in New York or New Jersey.

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I am a big fan of Kyrie Irving, but since he tends to get injured quite a bit, wouldn’t it be wise to hold on to Spencer Dinwiddie? — Moses Charles

There’s the elephant in the room. Irving’s talent can’t be questioned, but his health may be. He sat out 26 of 37 games in his lone collegiate campaign at Duke, and — before the coronavirus pandemic hit — he was on pace to have missed 194 regular-season games in his nine-year NBA career. It would be malfeasance not to guard against that.

Now, you could say Caris LeVert is that insurance, since he can play the point and has looked like an All-Star since returning to the starting lineup. But he’s got a worrisome injury history himself, missing 42 straight games a year ago with a dislocated foot and 24 this season after thumb surgery. That just makes Dinwiddie even more valuable.

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