No Kyrie Vaccination Update, But No Worries For Nets

No Kyrie Vaccination Update, But No Worries For Nets Photo: TT
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reacts during the second half of Game 1 of the team's NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks

Kyrie Irving’s status for the new NBA season remains up in the air with the Brooklyn Nets star unable to join practice on Tuesday under New York’s COVID-19 vaccination protocols.

The 29-year-old point guard, who took part in the team’s training camp in San Diego last week, faces being unavailable for all Nets home games if he opts not to get vaccinated.

Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins said last week he would not get the shot, meaning he would miss all of their home games due to San Francisco’s similar vaccination protocols.

But Wiggins eventually got the shot, with expectation for Irving to take similar action.

“No further update,” Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters about Irving on Tuesday.

“We support him. We are here for him. Things change. When there’s a resolution, we’re here for him.”

Nash tried to play down the situation but the potential to be without Irving for 41 games would be significant for one of the NBA’s title favourites.

The Nets bowed out of the NBA Conference semi-finals to eventual champions Milwaukee Bucks last season.

Injuries denied Brooklyn continuity with Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant in the side and the former’s potential absence would be another issue to manage.

“I’m not really worried about anything,” Nash said about practice.

“We’re just trying to work every day. We came in today and had a great practice and we’ll do the same tomorrow, and that’s kind of where I leave it.”

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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