Kyrie Irving managed to practice with nets; NYC considers Team Facility Private Office | Bleacher report

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Kyrie Irving may not be allowed to play in home games this season if he remains unvaccinated due to New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for indoor arenas, but he has been approved to practice with the team.

About Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadium, “New York City has determined that the Brooklyn Nets’ training facility, the HSS Training Center, is a private office building where the Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving can train at home.”

At this point, Irving has not been available to train with the team during training camp, with the Nets choosing not to move training sites to accommodate him.

“This is our home,” head coach Steve Nash told reporters this week. “This is where we need to practice and we have almost an entire group. We’re just working on getting better every day and focusing on the things we can control.”

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“It’s positive for us,” Steve Nash said when asked about The Athletic’s report, which says NYC has considered the Nets’ training facility as a private facility that allows Kyrie Irving to train there. Nash did not want to comment in detail until he learned more about the ruling.

“We’re looking forward to having him,” Nash said added Friday regarding Irving’s updated practice status. “I think tomorrow [in practice outdoors] is likely and Sunday hopefully even more likely. But we’ll see. “

Regardless of whether Irving could practice, his future with the team is somewhat in doubt if he remains unvaccinated. For a team with the championship striving, it is unbearable to be without the All-Star in half of the normal season and all home games.

This has led to speculation that the Nets might at some point consider trading with him. Of course, the situation would be resolved if Irving eventually chose to get the vaccine.

“I imagine Kyrie should be part of our team,” said Kevin Durant told reporters this week. “Maybe I’m just naive, but that’s how I feel. But everyone here has the confidence in themselves and our group that if we keep doing it, we can do something special.”

The Nets are good enough, with Durant, James Harden and a strong supporting cast, to play well, while Irving is absent in home games. But in the long run, something has to give.

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