Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving, who remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, will now be able to practice at team facilities despite a New York City mandate requiring vaccination to enter certain indoor spaces. big.
According to The Athletic and ESPN, the Nets’ practice facility in Brooklyn, the HSS Training Center, has been reclassified as a “private office building” rather than a gym. Gyms and large entertainment venues like Barclays Center are under city rule, while private offices are not.
That means Irving may rejoin the team for home practices in the future, but it doesn’t settle Brooklyn’s 41-game home issue this upcoming season.
Irving missed the Nets’ first preseason game at home on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks, which the team called “ineligible” due to his vaccination status.
The Nets have not made clear whether they are willing to accommodate Irving as a de facto part-time player this season. Brooklyn opens the regular season with two road games before welcoming the Charlotte Hornets for the first home game on October 24.
San Francisco has instituted a vaccine requirement similar to New York’s, and Los Angeles announced that it will go into effect at the end of November.
Irving will receive a salary reduction equal to 1 / 91.6 of his salary for each game he loses due to his vaccine status.
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