On Friday, a New York Metropolis Corridor official instructed CNN that Irving will probably be allowed to apply on the group’s facility however won’t be eligible to play within the Nets’ dwelling video games at Barclays Middle as a result of metropolis’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
“Kyrie has made a private alternative, and we respect his particular person proper to decide on,” Marks stated in a press release.
“At present, the selection restricts his capacity to be a full-time member of the group, and we won’t allow any member of our group to take part with part-time availability.
“It’s crucial that we proceed to construct chemistry as a group and stay true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice.
“Our championship targets for the season haven’t modified, and to attain these targets every member of our group should pull in the identical path. We’re excited for the beginning of the season and sit up for a profitable marketing campaign that may make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, had spoken on the league’s media day final month of his pleasure to play in entrance of followers once more however refused to reveal his vaccination standing, saying he “want to hold all that non-public.”
“I do know that I will be there every single day it doesn’t matter what and simply be current for my teammates as one of many leaders on the group,” he added.
“I do know the main target needs to be at an all-time excessive, no distractions. That is the very last thing I needed to create, was extra distractions and extra hoopla and extra drama round this.
“I am doing my greatest to keep up this with good intentions and a very good coronary heart.”
The NBA warned the Nets in addition to the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors in September that new Covid-19 insurance policies set by native governments will prohibit any unvaccinated participant from taking part in in dwelling video games in New York Metropolis and San Francisco.
The Nets open their 2021-22 season on the street towards the defending NBA champion, Milwaukee Bucks on October 19, earlier than internet hosting their first dwelling sport of the season on October 24 towards the Charlotte Hornets.