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Kyrie likens Nets tenure to 'the girl that got away'

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Kyrie Irving admits he's been left wondering what could've been when looking back at his time with the Brooklyn Nets.

"I don't look at that aspect of my career disappointed. I just think it's kind of like … the girl that got away," Irving said Saturday, according to Grant Afseth of

"It'll hurt you for the rest of your life," he added. "You're looking at it like, you got a great bad wife, kids, and all that. ... I don't second-guess it. I don't wanna get in trouble with my wife at all. I'm not thinking about nobody else, baby. But it just feels like that kind of FOMO, you missed out on something great."

Irving noted that the short-lived Big Three he formed with Kevin Durant and James Harden "did have a few good seasons" together in Brooklyn but said it's unfortunate that they'll be part of the NBA's "what-ifs."

Irving spent three and a half seasons in Brooklyn, averaging 27.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 143 games before being traded to the Mavs in February 2023.

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