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REPORT: Nets star Kyrie Irving to miss first game vs. Bucks due to vaccine mandate

Kyrie Irving, Nets, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The inevitable is happening. Multiple reports have confirmed that Kyrie Irving is now set to miss his first game for the Brooklyn Nets because of his decision not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

New York is part of a growing list of cities that have issued vaccination mandates. As such, Irving will not be allowed to play on Saturday when the Nets host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter):

As the above report states, Irving has yet to take part in any of the Nets’ practice sessions during the preseason. This has also been brought about by the fact that he remains to be one of just a handful of players from around the league that has refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

For what it’s worth, Kyrie’s teammates have been behind him in all this. Kevin Durant earlier stated that he hopes to see his buddy re-join the team at some point. James Harden came out with a similar statement as he too offered his support for his embattled teammate.

According to reports, Irving could lose millions of dollars in salaries if he ends up missing regular season games because of his vaccination status. This is definitely a story worth keeping an eye on moving forward.