NBA: Kyrie Irving (Nets) Makes Comeback After Parts Of Anti-Semitic Documentary, But Controversy Continues
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Kyrie Irving celebrated his return to the Brooklyn Nets with a 127-115 win against the Memphis Grizlies. The star player was suspended for eight games for posting a link to an anti-Semitic documentary on his social media. Although his coach Jacque Vaughn said all focus should now be on his basketball, attention was also drawn to Irving’s sympathizers at the Barclays Center.

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“From now on he has to concentrate on basketball. That’s what it’s about,” said coach Jacque Vaughn. But outside the hall where Irving made his comeback, a group of radicals cheering him on demanded attention. It was about “Israel United in Christ”, a group of Jews with African roots that is linked to the infamous documentary that Irving shared. They claim to be the real Israelites of the Bible and claim that the “so-called Jews” have stolen their identity and birthright.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, in turn, found himself in the eye of the storm for sharing a Tweet of the protests with the comment: “energy.” He later deleted the tweet and apologized.

On the court, Irving had 14 points and 5 rebounds. His teammates Kevin Durant (26 pts, 7 rbds, 7 assists), Ben Simmons (22 pts, 8 rbds, 5 assists) and Yuta Watambe (16 pts) fared better. For Memphis, Dillon Brooks returned the most with 31 points. The defeat drops Memphis from second to sixth place in the Western Conference, Brooklyn is in the middle of the Eastern Conference.

Defending champion Golden States recorded his first away win of the season: 120-127 in Houston. Klay Thompson (41 pts) and Stephen Curry (33 pts, 15 assists) were the most productive Warriors.

Cleveland moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with a 113-87 win against Miami. In a Western Conference tail game, the LA Lakers won 123-92 against San Antonio. Denver won by the smallest margin, 97-98 in Dallas. Washington-Charlotte went 106-102, Sacramento-Detroit 137-129 and Phoenix-New York 116-95. (belga)

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