East Notes: Nets, Kyrie Irving, Wizards, Bulls


NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he is disappointed Nets star guard Kyrie Irving has yet to apologize for tweeting out a link to an antisemitic film — and that he intends to meet with Irving soon.

“Kyrie Irving made a reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive antisemitic material,” Silver said in a statement. “While we appreciate the fact that he agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically denounced the vile and harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize. I will be meeting with Kyrie in person in the next week to discuss this situation.”

It is not believed that Irving will fined or suspended. While at first defending the tweet, he later deleted it.


  • Second-year guard/forward Corey Kispert is on track to play Friday against the Nets, Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said, via Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Kispert has been sidelined with a sprained ankle for the past month.


Forward Patrick Williams is finding ways to make an impact by playing with energy, Bulls coach Billy Donovan indicated, via KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

“You feel him out there physically,” Donovan said, via Johnson. “I like the way he’s rolling to the basket. I like the way he’s defending. I like the way he’s getting his body into plays, the way he’s rebounding. He’s running the floor harder. He’s going after the ball. He’s making plays.

“He’s always been an unselfish, smart player. He has good skill level and vision. But athletically, he’s getting his talent into the game. He’s been assertive and aggressive. Those are decisions I think he realized he had to do not only to help himself but to help the team.”

  • Standout guard Zach LaVine said he is making progress from a knee issue that has hindered him during the early season, via Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago. “I felt good. My legs were tired,” LaVine said after his first back-to-back set of the season, a win over the Hornets. “A couple of my shots were short.”

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