“I don't believe Kyrie Irving is antisemitic.
“The terms for his return, they seem like a lot, and a lot of the players expressed discomfort with the terms. He made a mistake. He posted something. There was no distinction.”
So this is a bit of a sticky situation for the NBA. Nike severed its ties with Irving over the comments, but the idea that the only people standing with Kyrie Irving were some alt-right, White, Neo-Nazi crazies is off.
The NBA appeared to be hoping that their players who are predominantly Black would rally against Kyrie and anti-semitism the same way the Jewish community supported the Black community during the summer of 2020, but that hasn't happened. Similar to Jaylen Brown, I don't think many NBA players think Kyrie is antisemitic. So for them to bash and cancel him like many others are asking, has been a tough sell.
My guess is Adam Silver will try to figure out a way to appease all sides here, so Irving's suspension will end at 5 games and people will stop talking about this. What he doesn't want is it to appear (or come out) that a decent amount of NBA players side or agree with Kyrie on anything here. That's the NBA's worst fear. So figuring out a compromise will be the NBA's goal this week.