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Kyrie Irving missed Nets’ practice due to vaccination status, per report

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Kyrie Irving did not participate in the latest Brooklyn Nets’ practice due to the New York City mandate for unvaccinated people.

After opening training camp in San Diego, where there’s no such mandate, the Nets returned to Brooklyn. Irving did not practice today.

Per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“Kyrie Irving did not practice with the Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday as the point guard is unable to practice or play in New York under the city’s COVID-19 vaccination protocols.”

Steve Nash addressed Irving’s availability, and he did not offer any update. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association agreed to a reduction in pay for each game an unvaccinated player misses because of local COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

“No further update,” Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters after practice about Irving’s status for home practices and games. “We support him. We are here for him. Things change. When there’s a resolution, we’re here for him.”

The Nets play the next preseason game versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday in Brooklyn. With the situation as it is, Irving will not be available to play.

The Nets’ superstar was not able to attend the team’s opening media day due to Covid-19 restrictions, but he talked to reporters remotely and requested privacy regarding his decision.

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