Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not play or apply till he’s eligible to be a full participant, the group mentioned on Tuesday. General supervisor Sean Marks, who acknowledged that Irving will not be vaccinated for COVID-19, mentioned he and proprietor Joe Tsai made the choice.
“We’re not looking for partners that are going to be half-time,” Marks mentioned. He famous Irving will solely lose wage for residence video games.
“If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Marks added. “That’s pretty clear.”
Irving practiced with the group over the weekend, and coach Steve Nash said Sunday the group acknowledged Irving wouldn’t play residence video games as questions continued to come up round Irving’s standing resulting from New York City’s COVID-19 and vaccine protocols. Irving did not journey with the group to its preseason recreation Monday towards the 76ers.
Marks mentioned the group hopes to have Irving again.
“We’ll welcome him back with open arms, under a different set of circumstances,” he mentioned.
In August, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio issued an govt order that required New York City-area skilled athletes to point out proof of no less than one authorised COVID-19 vaccine shot to apply or play within the metropolis.
When requested final month throughout the team’s media day about his vaccination standing and if he anticipated to play in residence video games with the Nets this 12 months, Irving mentioned he’d wish to hold that info personal.
“There’s a lot of questions going on in the world of Kyrie and I’d just like to keep that private,” he mentioned. “Obviously, I’m not able to be present today but I’m not putting any limits on the future.”
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