The Brooklyn Nets are fighting tooth and nail to sneak into the top-six in the East and avoid the play-in tournament. But, it’s tough when Kyrie Irving can only play in away games due to New York City’s vaccine mandates. Rules were recently changed, however, stating that unvaccinated people can go into certain venues in the city, but all workers must have received the jab in order to well, work. That includes Kyrie.
On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams addressed the backlash he’s received for this, especially when it comes to sports teams. However, nothing is likely to change soon, which doesn’t bode well for the Nets and Irving.
“Right now, we’re going to take some complaints,” Adams said during a Tuesday morning news conference. “But when this is all said and done, people are going to realize this is a thoughtful administration and we got it right. So baseball, basketball, businesses, all of those things, they have to wait until that layer comes.”
The weirdest part about all of this? The Nets star can sit at the Barclays Center and watch his team play. No mask or anything. Yet, he isn’t allowed to actually suit up and work, aka play basketball, because he’s unvaccinated. We’ve seen just how capable Kyrie still is, even playing on a part-time basis. If he’s actually on the court every night with Kevin Durant, along with their other weapons, this squad is scary.
But with the playoffs quickly approaching, it appears the rules won’t be changed. Unfortunate for the Nets.