Nets won’t play Irving until he meets vaccine requirements | Basketball



NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets won’t play Kyrie Irving until he’s vaccinated.

The Nets announced on Tuesday that Irving would not play or train with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would only play in games on road.

Irving did not say he was not vaccinated, asking for confidentiality when he spoke via Zoom on the team’s media day on September 27. But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a warrant requires professional athletes to play for a City teams to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or train in public places.

“Kyrie has made it clear that he has a choice in this matter and that ultimately it will be up to him to decide what he decides,” said Managing Director Sean Marks. “We respect that he has a choice, he can make his own and right now what’s best for the organization is the path we are taking.”

Teams are not allowed to reveal private details about player health. But when asked Tuesday if Irving was vaccinated, Marks replied, “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I think it’s probably pretty clear.

Marks said he and owner Joe Tsai made the decision together, adding that it came from discussions with Irving and his associates.

Irving wasn’t even allowed to train with the Nets in New York until Friday, when the city told the team their training facility was considered a private location.

Irving then joined the team in an outdoor practice Saturday and trained with the team on Sunday, but did not make the Brooklyn exhibition game in Philadelphia on Monday.

Coach Steve Nash had said the Nets knew they were going to miss Irving for some games. For now, at least, it will be all.

Along with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Irving, the Nets were considered the favorites to win the NBA title. They were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs last season after Irving sprained his ankle and missed the last three games.

NBA players are not required to be vaccinated, but they face more tests and restrictions on their ability to be with their teammates. The league had said players would not be paid for games they miss because they are not eligible to play.

Marks said Irving would still be paid for road games.


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