On Friday, a New York Metropolis Corridor official instructed Muricas Information that Irving can be allowed to apply on the workforce’s facility however is not going to be eligible to play within the Nets’ dwelling video games at Barclays Heart 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 an announcement.
“At present, the selection restricts his capability to be a full-time member of the workforce, and we is not going to allow any member of our workforce to take part with part-time availability.
“It’s crucial that we proceed to construct chemistry as a workforce and stay true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice.
“Our championship objectives for the season haven’t modified, and to realize these objectives every member of our group should pull in the identical path. We’re excited for the beginning of the season and stay 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 “wish to preserve all that non-public.”
“I do know that I will be there day-after-day it doesn’t matter what and simply be current for my teammates as one of many leaders on the workforce,” he added.
“I do know the main focus must be at an all-time excessive, no distractions. That is the very last thing I wished to create, was extra distractions and extra hoopla and extra drama round this.
“I am doing my greatest to take care of this with good intentions and an excellent 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 highway in opposition to the defending NBA champion, Milwaukee Bucks on October 19, earlier than internet hosting their first dwelling recreation of the season on October 24 in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets.