Kyrie Irving’s coronavirus vaccine standing goes to be the speak of the Brooklyn Nets for a majority of the season, and coach Steve Nash indicated the group is getting ready to be with out him for residence video games.
Nash talked to reporters on Sunday because the group ready for its third preseason recreation in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers.
“I believe we acknowledge he’s not taking part in residence video games. We’re going to should for positive play with out him this yr; so it simply relies on when, the place and the way a lot,” Nash mentioned, through the New York Post.
The Nets play 82 regular-season video games, and Irving proper now could be set to overlook 41 of them due to New York Metropolis’s native coronavirus mandate requiring folks to be vaccinated when coming into indoor amenities. Officers granted Irving an exemption for practices.
“Proper now, we assume he’s not going to be out there for residence video games. Something can change. Who’s to say town’s ordinance might change? Something might change,” Nash mentioned.
“Proper now, we’re simply making an attempt to stay versatile, open-minded and determine it out as we go, as a result of data is coming in by the half-day right here, whether or not it’s Paul’s [Millsap health and safety protocol] scenario, Kyrie’s scenario or the legal guidelines. We discovered Friday he might come within the constructing, so issues are shifting. Nobody’s been by this earlier than, and we’re simply making an attempt to determine it out as we go.”
Irving has requested for privateness with regards to his vaccine standing, however presumably not being round for 41 video games might turn out to be a detriment to Brooklyn’s championship hopes.
Kevin Durant mentioned Friday he would really like Irving round.
“That’s at all times powerful when guys are out and in of the lineup, particularly a starter like Kyrie. I don’t know precisely what the plan goes ahead proper now,” he mentioned, through SNY. “I’m positive they’re nonetheless making choices. That’s a greater query for Steve (Nash), Sean (Marks), and Kyrie, they usually’ll fill me in once they decide. I’m going to maintain taking part in and preserve specializing in what we’re specializing in within the locker room and as soon as that will get found out, we transfer ahead.
“At the least he can follow, however we wish him right here for the entire thing. We would like him right here for video games, residence video games, practices, away video games, shootarounds, all of it. So, hopefully we determine this factor out.”