Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving FAQ
With less than two weeks until the start of the NBA regular season, the uncertainty around Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving continues to swirl.
Irving returned to practice Sunday, but the Nets are preparing for their starting point guard to miss home games for the foreseeable future.
Irving, who practiced with the Nets at their training camp in San Diego last week, had missed four days of preseason practices with his team in Brooklyn. Unable to attend media day last week at Barclays Center, Irving joined via videoconference from his home and asked for privacy.
New York City’s vaccine mandate requires a person to have proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to enter indoor gyms, but the latest twist in this saga came Friday afternoon, when it was deemed Irving could, in fact, practice at the team’s facility moving forward, saying it is a private workplace.
He still, however, cannot play in games, as Barclays Center is a public space.
There are numerous unknowns. Most notably: How, if at all, the Nets, who are projected by ESPN’s latest win-loss predictions to win 58 games, and their seven-time All-Star guard can work together prior to the start of Brooklyn’s season opener versus the Bucks on Oct. 19 in Milwaukee (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
Here’s everything we know and don’t know about Irving, the Nets and how the next few weeks (or months) might play out:
How are the Nets players and coaches handling Irving’s absence?
Irving’s teammates are remaining hopeful and offering support, without wading into a position on the guard’s vaccination stance. Kevin Durant said Wednesday he still envisions Irving joining the Nets soon.
“Maybe I’m just naïve, but that is just how I feel. … [Kyrie] is dealing with something personal right now. And while he is dealing with that, we are going to focus on us here in the…
Source : espn