Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson shared his thoughts on the All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving:

“The great thing about Kyrie and Kevin, they’re all about basketball. From my perspective, maybe I’m not attuned to the outside world as much and the drama – I don’t read enough – but in this environment they are two guys that are obsessed with the game. And I mean obsessed in the best sense.

That’s the interaction I have with them. I think that’s their comfort level, too. I think that’s when it seems like they’re happiest, when they’re in this environment and talking ball. And not just the Nets, but talking about the league or shot selection or in the film room. … It’s basketball, that’s their comfort zone, that’s where their heart lies. That’s an easy one for me and for them,” Atkinson said.

This season, Irving is averaging 31.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. Durant, meanwhile, will likely miss entire season rehabbing from Achilles injury.