As difficulties surrounding Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status persist, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has announced that the star guard “will not play or practice with the club until he is eligible to be a full participant.”
Irving will be able to practice at the team’s facilities but will be ineligible to participate in the Nets’ home games at Barclays Center due to the city’s Covid-19 vaccination rule, according to a New York City Hall official.
Head coach Steve Nash has acknowledged that his team would be without Irving for a number of upcoming home games, but Marks has stated that the Nets will not allow a player to work part-time.
In a statement, Marks stated, “Kyrie has chosen a personal choice, and we support his individual freedom to choose.”
“Currently, his choice limits his capacity to be a full-time team member, and we will not allow any team member to participate with part-time availability.
“It is critical that we continue to develop team chemistry and adhere to our long-standing principles of cooperation and sacrifice.
“Our season’s championship ambitions have not altered, and in order to accomplish them, every member of our group must work together. We are looking forward to the start of the season and to a successful campaign that will bring honor to the borough of Brooklyn.”
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, expressed his enthusiasm to play in front of fans again at the league’s media day last month but declined to reveal his immunization status, saying he “would prefer to keep all that private.”
“I know that no matter what, I’ll be there every day and simply be there for my teammates as one of the team’s leaders,” he continued.
“I understand that concentration must be at an all-time high, with no distractions.” More diversions, more fuss, and more drama around this is the last thing I wanted to generate.
“With good intentions and a decent heart, I’m doing my best to keep this going.”
In September, the NBA sent a warning to the Nets, the New York Knicks, and the Golden State Warriors, stating that local governments’ new Covid-19 regulations will prevent any unvaccinated player from participating in home games in New York City and San Francisco.
The Nets begin their 2021-22 season on the road against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on October 19, before returning home to face the Charlotte Hornets on October 24.