Kyrie Irving returned to Nets but can’t control ripple effects of his actions

Kyrie Irving played a basketball game Sunday night, and that’s easily the most anodyne sentence written about Kyrie Irving in the last three weeks.

He did not play particularly well, at least by Kyrie Irving standards, finishing with 14 points and zero assists in a 127–115 Nets victory over the shorthanded Grizzlies. When he scored, Nets fans cheered, and when he missed, they groaned, the entire night adhering to the mundane script of a standard late November game.

There was nothing particularly remarkable about the evening—aside from the presence of 300-plus members of a reputed hate group who filled the main plaza outside Barclays Center, marching and chanting and distributing flyers laced with anti-Jewish themes.

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