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NBA - Kyrie Irving: Basketball "not the most important thing for me at the moment"

Kyrie Irving refused to speak about the game after the Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago (105-91). Instead, the point guard highlighted that there would be much more important issues than basketball right now.

"There are so many things going on in the world and basketball is not the most important thing for me right now," said Irving after the game against the Bulls. This primarily meant the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which has escalated again in the past few days.

"A lot of our compatriots don't even know, but terrible things are happening there," continued Irving. "I empathize with these people, with all people and all cultures. I see a lot of people who are discriminated against because of their religion or their skin color and that makes me sad."

It wasn't the first time Irving had pointed out social problems this season; other times he was punished by the NBA for not answering journalists' questions. "I'm sorry if I don't focus on your questions, but there are more important things than basketball to talk about right now," continued Irving.

Then Irving apologized again to all reporters and wished everyone a safe journey home. Kyrie scored 22 points against Chicago, the first time in nearly three months that Irving had been on the field with Kevin Durant and James Harden. The Nets play their last game of the season against Cleveland on Monday night at 1 a.m., with a win Brooklyn would secure second place in the Eastern Conference.