ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins is off of the Brooklyn Nets bandwagon for the rest of this season.
Perkins made an appearance on the network’s show First Take and does not think Brooklyn can win it all this season.
“Hell no, not without Kyrie Irving,” Perkins said. “Molly look, the Eastern Conference is just so good, right? You’re looking at the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee, you’re looking at Philly, although they’re going through a slump right now. You got too many teams. The Hawks are starting to play better. When you look at the Brooklyn Nets, my concern isn’t Kevin Durant, who’s playing the best basketball of his career in my opinion. My concern is not even in James Harden. I feel like he’s going to figure it out. My concern and one of my concerns has always been (head coach) Steve Nash.”
.@KendrickPerkins no longer believes that the Nets have a chance to win the title this season.
"Hell no, not without Kyrie Irving!" pic.twitter.com/x3pkWpKAq4
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 19, 2021
The Nets have won four of their last five games are now 11-5 through 16 games. That record has them tied with the Miami Heat for the best in the East thus far.
Irving won’t be playing much this season unless his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine changes.
He’s opted to not be vaccinated, which means he cannot join the team in New York unless he gets the shots, per the state’s vaccine mandate.
Brooklyn hasn’t needed him thus far but the season is still relatively young. Its next game will be Friday night against the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m. ET.