Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving missed Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to personal reasons, according to the team.
Nets coach Steve Nash said he had no idea why Irving wasn’t at the arena when he met with reporters about 105 minutes before tipoff.
“I don’t know. I sent him a message. I just found out so I just sent him a message in the last half hour and haven’t heard back yet,” Nash told reporters. “Obviously thinking about him and hope all is well and, yeah, it’s a private matter.
“… When I found out I came in here and basically talked to you guys, so I don’t have an update on him.”
The Nets later formally announced that Irving was out due to personal reasons.
Irving’s absence comes at a time that the team is without forward Kevin Durant due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds in seven games this season for the Nets (4-4).