NBA commissioner hopes Kyrie Irving decides to get Covid-19 vaccine

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Irving, a seven-time All-Star, has so far refused the vaccine and Nets general manager Sean Marks said he will not play or practice with the team until he meets eligibility requirements.

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The NBA had warned the Nets as well as the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors that new Covid-19 policies set by local governments would bar any uneducated player from playing in home games in New York City and San Francisco.

Speaking on Monday, Silver told reporters he understood the vaccine mandate and urged Irving to reconsider his decision.


“I think it’s entirely appropriate that New York and other cities have passed laws that require people who work and move in arenas,” Silver said.

“I hope that Kyrie (Irving), despite how strongly I feel about vaccination, eventually decides to get vaccinated because I would love to see her play basketball this season.

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“And I’d love to see the Brooklyn Nets have a full complement of players on the floor.”

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‘Don’t believe I’m going to quit this game’

In an Instagram Live video last week, Irving said that “no one should be forced to do anything with their body,” and that his decision was not politically motivated.

Despite being told that he cannot play for the Nets on a part-time basis this season, Irving said he has no intention of retiring.

“Don’t believe I’m going to leave this sport to live without a vaccine mandate or a vaccine,” said the 29-year-old.

On the eve of the new season, Silver would not be fascinated by whether the position on Irving was justified, but supported vaccination mandates in some cities across America.

“I’m not sure if fair is the right way to approach this because there’s nothing fair about this virus,” he said.

“It’s indiscriminate in terms of what it affects, and I think it’s entirely appropriate that New York and other cities have passed laws that require people who work to be vaccinated. and go to arenas.”

Silver says that about 96% of NBA players have already been vaccinated, meaning restrictions have been eased around the new NBA season.

The Nets opened their 2021–22 season on October 19 against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on the road.

While the Nets take on the Bucks, the LA Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors, with matches for the 75th season taking place in 215 countries and territories in 50 different languages.

Excitement is already building with fans debating who will be crowned champion this season, and players joining in as well.

LeBron James, 36, told reporters that he has read jokes and seen funny memes that say the Lakers are too old to win this time.

“I laugh at it. I actually laugh at it, I’m just not saying that,” he told reporters on Monday.

“Some of the memes and some of the jokes have been extremely funny. And then some of them inspire people to read the tabloids.

“We make up our own story. One thing we do know, we’ve got a group of guys who’ve been in this league for a long time who know what it takes to win.

“That’s the business we’re winning in, and doing it all the time and not just on occasion. So, I look forward to it.”


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