Nets guards Curry, Harris won't play in opener

by Gordon Dixon - Nets guards Seth Curry (left ankle) and Joe Harris (left foot) will not be ready for the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Nets guards Seth Curry, Joe Harris won't be ready for opener play Stephen A.: This is Kyrie and KD's last year together (1:53) Stephen A. Smith expects Kyrie Irving to bolt from the Nets in the offseason, while Michael Wilbon is pessimistic about the Nets' chances this season. (1:53) 1:35 PM ET Nick FriedellESPN Staff Writer Close Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined for its launch in April 2009. NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guards Seth Curry (left ankle) and Joe Harris (left foot) will not be ready for the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday as they continue their respective rehab plans, the team announced Sunday. Curry had offseason ankle surgery and has been able to do some 4-on-4 work in practice in recent days, but is still not ready to begin the year. Same goes for Harris, who had two ankle surgeries last season and was only able to play in 14 games during the 2021-22 season while dealing with ongoing ankle issues. "I'm not concerned, I'm positive, I'm optimistic," Nets coach Steve Nash said after Sunday's practice. "It's just not straight forward with guys coming off surgeries, assimilating back to play. It's not always like straight up. Sometimes you go through some adaptation issues. So I think those guys are facing that more than, 'Oh, the emergency lights are on and we're concerned.' I think we feel like this is just a part of them getting back to it." Editor's Picks Kyrie talks Ben Simmons, his own future and turning down a big payday 1d Nick Friedell Nets' Simmons swipes past critics on social media 2d Nick Friedell 2 Related Nash made it clear that neither player had a setback over the last couple weeks. Harris said last week that while he was hopeful to play in the opener, he's been told by his doctor that the foot soreness he's dealing with is normal after going through an ankle reconstruction. "It's well within the realm of normalcy for guys to have little hiccups on their way back from surgery," Nash said. Nash said that Curry may be a "hair behind" Harris in terms of a return to the floor, but both players are making progress. The Nets said they will have an update on both players' status on Thursday. In the meantime, veteran guard Royce O'Neale is expected to start and get more minutes with Curry and Harris out. O'Neale said it didn't matter to him whether he started or came off the bench after he was acquired over the summer from the Utah Jazz . "These guys are making it easier for me," O'Neale said. "I try to make it easier for them. They're creators, knocking down open shots and creating for them. Everybody reading off each other has been great."