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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to practice at the Nets training facility in Brooklyn but not play home games at Barclays Center.
According to a report Friday from The Athletic, a City Hall official said “Irving is cleared to practice at home, but still not able to play in games at Barclays Center until the All-NBA guard fulfills [his] vaccine requirement.” The City has ruled that the Nets’ HSS Training Center is a private building, and not subject to New York City regulations, according to the report.
Irving has yet to practice with the Nets at their facility in Brooklyn and was not eligible to play Friday’s preseason home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks due to New York City’s Covid-19 vaccine regulations. He has cited “privacy” in discussing his vaccination status.
“We want him here for the whole thing, practices, home games, shootarounds,” Kevin Durant said after the Nets’ 119-115 preseason win over the Bucks. “Hopefully we can figure this thing out.”
Head coach Steve Nash said the latest development with Irving was “positive” and he is hopeful Irving can practice Saturday at Barclays Brooklyn Bridge Park.
“The hope is that Kyrie Irving will practice tomorrow, but I can’t confirm that,” Nash said on a pre-game Zoom.
Nash seemed to indicate it’s possible Irving could still be cleared to play home game at some point. Irving could potentially miss up to 45 NBA games this season including the 41 home games, plus games at Madison Square Garden and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“It’s positive,” he said. “We have him around the team for a larger period of our season and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know, this rule just came in, is another one coming? Is he going to be allowed to play at home at some point? Is he not going to be able to practice in our facility at some point?
“We’re just following kind of the latest and I don’t think that anyone’s been through this before. Obviously, the pandemic has been new to everyone, but now we’re in a position where the pandemic is creating all these different new scenarios as well so I don’t know what to say other than it’s positive he can now join in his teammates in our practice center and it gives us more touch points with him and we’ll go from there.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball and Tennis insider who contributes to The New York Times, NJ Advance Media and newspapers nationwide.He is the author of two books and an
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball and Tennis insider who contributes to The New York Times, NJ Advance Media and newspapers nationwide.He is the author of two books and an award-winning filmmaker. He lives in Manhattan with his family and their dog.