Kyrie Irving’s suspension might soon be ending.
The Brooklyn Nets guard has missed seven games since getting suspended by the team, which came in response to Irving’s repeated refusal to condemn anti-Semitism. But according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving could be back as soon as Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
At the time of the suspension, the team said Irving would be out for at least five games, but left the door open for it to be longer until he "satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct." Assuming Sunday is his return, he’ll have served an eight-game suspension.
Irving had posted a link to a film that contained anti-Semitic propaganda, but declined to give an unqualified apology, despite repeated opportunities to do so. It was not until he was suspended that he apologized.
The Nets currently sit at 6-9 on the season. After winning four of their first five games without Irving, Brooklyn has lost its last two, including a 153-121 drubbing at the hands of the Kings on Tuesday. They'll play the Trail Blazers on Thursday before facing the Grizzlies on Sunday.