Patty Mills, Kyrie Irving is looking forward to finally playing with Ben Simmons in the NBA against the Brooklyn Nets.

Patty Mills, Kyrie Irving is looking forward to finally playing with Ben Simmons in the NBA against the Brooklyn Nets.


Kyrie Irving is happy to be Ben Simmons’ bodyguard, but says he’s a “big kid, he can handle it” as the pair begin their new NBA partnership with the Brooklyn Nets.

Simmons missed all of last season after being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers due to physical and mental health issues.

But after “working on himself” and undergoing back surgery, he is set to line up in the Oct. 20 season opener on a team featuring Kevin Durant, Irving and Australian compatriot Patty Mills.

That game would end a turbulent offseason for the high-profile club, with the unvaccinated Irving returning after missing much of the season and Durant also requesting a failed trade.

“It’s not often you get to see Ha. [211cm] He does what a man does,” Melbourne-born Irving said of Simon.

“What I’ve been able to observe… is his determination and perseverance… no matter what greatness looks like to him, he wants it.

“When you’re in an environment where you can support it, it helps ease the journey.

“That’s the role I want to play on this team…guard him when needed but know he’s a big kid, he can handle it.”

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