Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash admits Kyrie Irving will miss home games

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On Friday, a New York City Hall official told Granthshala That Irving would be allowed to practice at the team’s facility, but would not be eligible to play in Nets home games at Barclays Center due to the city. Vaccine mandate.

The Nets host their first home game of the 2021–22 NBA regular season against the Charlotte Hornets on October 24, although Irving is set to miss.

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“I think we believe he’s not playing a home game,” Nash told reporters on Sunday.

“We will definitely have to play without him this year. So it just depends on when, where and how much.”


Irving, a seven-time All-Star, spoke at the league’s media day last month about his enthusiasm for playing again in front of fans, but declined to disclose his vaccination status, saying he was “all that private.” would like to keep.”

“I know I will be there every day no matter what and be there for my teammates as one of the team leaders,” Irving said.

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“I know the focus should always be on a high level, no distractions. It’s the last thing I wanted to create, there was more distractions and more circles and more drama around it.

“I’m doing my best to keep it up with good intentions and a good heart.”

The HSS Training Center—the Nets’ practice facility in Brooklyn—is viable for Irving’s training because it is considered a private workplace and is not subsequently subject to New York City’s vaccination mandate, which prohibits NBA players from participating in home games. if they have not been vaccinated or immunized. This rule does not apply to visiting players.

Listed as ineligible by the Nets, Irving was absent for Friday’s home preseason win over the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kevin Durant and James Harden both played for the Nets, winning 119–115 in a repeat match-up of last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals.

Last season’s Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t make it to the champions – although the Greeks will be ready to play as part of a more robust Bucks side when the two teams meet again on October 19 in Milwaukee for the season opener.


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