All-Star guard Kyrie Irving received clearance to practice with the team after New York City ruled Friday that the team’s practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a “private office building.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the news soon after the announcement.
New York City has determined the Brooklyn Nets‘ practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a private office building – clearing Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving to practice at home, City Hall official tells @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 8, 2021
However, Irving will still remain ineligible to play in home games at the Barclays Center until he gets vaccinated for COVID-19. He has not played a preseason game and has already been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Questions about the availability of Kyrie Irving during the regular season continues to circulate. Nets head coach Steve Nash provided some perspective on the matter, per ESPN.
“We are just starting to navigate this. A new rule comes in Friday and here we are. We are trying to look at the big picture. The near term, right now I am not sure we have as many answers.”
“I think right now we assume he’s not going to be available for home games, but anything can change. Who’s to say? The city ordinances could change. Anything could change. Right now we are just trying to remain flexible, open-minded and figure it out as we go because information is coming in by like the half-day here. … We found out Friday he can come back in the building. Things are shifting. No one’s been through this before, and we are just trying to figure it out as we go.”
– Steve Nash on Irving’s situation
New York City requires “proof of at least one dose of vaccination for all workers and individuals in indoor entertainment and performing arts venues.” Irving stands to miss 43 regular season games (41 home games at Barclays Center and two at the Garden against the Knicks) this season in New York alone.
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