NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Seven-time All-Star Kyrie Irving didn’t take part within the Brooklyn Nets’ first apply at dwelling on Tuesday, head coach Steve Nash advised reporters, because the NBA started to really feel the influence of native COVID-19 vaccine restrictions.
“Kyrie’s not here today,” stated Nash. “No further update. We support him. We support him, we’re here for him. If things change then – if there’s a resolution, we’re here for him.”
The National Basketball Association has not mandated vaccines for gamers however should nonetheless abide by native restrictions in New York City and San Francisco, the place gamers should sit out dwelling video games if they don’t seem to be inoculated.
Irving has reportedly not been vaccinated and was unable to attend media day final month as a result of well being and security protocols in keeping with ESPN.
Golden State Warriors ahead Andrew Wiggins’ requested a non secular exemption from the vaccine, as the town of San Francisco has a requirement for big indoor occasions. His request was denied final month and he later acquired the shot. learn extra
The league has stated gamers who’re unable to compete as a result of native mandates will miss out on pay. Irving, who received the NBA championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, would lose out on $381,000 per recreation, ESPN reported on Monday.
NBA gamers who aren’t vaccinated will even must adjust to a protracted listing of restrictions to participate within the upcoming season, in keeping with a memo obtained by Reuters final week. The 2021-2022 season is about to start Oct. 19.