The National Basketball Association’s historic point guard could play in home games thanks to a decision by the New York government. Irving is not vaccinated and could only be on court during away games – Playon99 News
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Kyrie Irving could finish the season playing Brooklyn Nets home games in New York, something he has been unable to do so far.
A mandate from the Eastern city prevents the point guard from entering enclosed venues with large crowds because he has not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
New York City has a plan to phase out the vaccine mandate in the coming weeks, Mayor Eric Adams says, at which point Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving would be cleared for home games.
Spokesperson adds that current rules remain in place.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2022
However, all indications are that the laws will change in the near future: New York has a plan to phase out the vaccine mandate in the coming weeks, Mayor Eric Adams said.
If those restrictions are finally eased, Irving would be allowed to play the team’s games in Brooklyn.
June 7th, 2021- Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals: The last time Kyrie Irving played at Barclays Center.
The Nets (without 13 and with a considerably weaker bench than what they have now) went on to win this game 125-86.
— Joe (@Joe_Makar) February 23, 2022
It would be a sensational signing for the Nets. The point guard is averaging 24.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in his 14 games so far. All away games.
Brooklyn had cut him from the team because they didn’t want to have a player who would only play in away games, but due to a plague of injuries caused by the coronavirus, they backed off and let him return to the court for away games.
Irving’s possible home return could be joined by injured star Kevin Durant, who is already nursing a knee injury.
In the last two weeks, the Nets lost James Harden and added:
– Ben Simmons
– Seth Curry
– Andre Drummond
– 2 First Round Picks
– Goran Dragic
– Half of Kyrie Irving
— Guru (@DrGuru_) February 23, 2022
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash was very excited at a press conference and, about including Irving, said:
“I can’t wait to do it. He’s great, obviously. Having said that, it’s not really in our control, so we’ll leave it to the mayor and wait patiently”
Likewise, NBA commissioner Adam Silver weighed in on New York’s decision to block unvaccinated players and put pressure on the new mayor:
“The strange thing is that it only applies to local players. I think ultimately if that rule is about protecting the people who are in the arena, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me that a visiting player who is not vaccinated can play at Barclays Stadium, but the home player can’t”