Kyrie Irving is one of the Nets players not vaccinated for COVID-19
Reporters even asked Nets general manager Sean Marks about the players who are unvaccinated and what their availability would be like given the mandates across the state of New York:
“Regarding if they could play today, I can’t comment on who could play and so forth. There would obviously be a couple people missing from that picture,” Marks said. “I won’t get into who it is, but we feel confident in the following several days before camp everybody would be allowed to participate and so forth.”
The NBA hasn’t implemented a rule where every single has to be vaccinated or else they cant play. This is likely why there are still certain players who refuse to get it. Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors is another one who is against the vaccine, which could prevent him from playing in home games. This whole situation for the Nets is definitely concerning though. After all, they do need their whole Big 3 of Kyrie, Kevin Durant, and James Harden healthy in order to fulfill their title aspirations.
The NBA is still exploring the possibility of mandating the vaccine for players. If that does happen, it’s going to put the likes of Irving and Wiggins in a tough spot where they will have no choice but to get the jab.
The Nets will certainly be concerned about the situation.