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Kyrie Irving, the point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, posted a long Instagram Live video on Oct. 13 in which he addressed his situation. Irving will not be allowed to participate in practices or games until he is able to play full-time for the Nets. Coach Steve Nash batted off inquiries about Irving on Wednesday. It’s a subject that’s consumed the team’s preseason training and quest for the franchise’s first NBA championship.
The oddsmakers had Brooklyn as the favorite to win the title, but those odds were set before Irving’s COVID-19 immunization status threatened to keep him out this season. On Oct. 13, the Nets opted to continue without Irving rather than prepare separately for games in which he was eligible and those in which he was not. And it seems that Nash has had enough of the subject.
Nash’s task is made more difficult by Kyrie Irving’s eligibility problems.
Steve Nash, the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, has stated all he can regarding Kyrie Irving’s predicament. | Getty Images/Sarah Stier
Kyrie Irving is ineligible for 43 of the Brooklyn Nets’ 82 regular-season games due to the city of New York’s immunization requirement. People who have not received at least one dose of the vaccination are not permitted to use public gyms. Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan were both controlled by the city.
During the team’s media day in late September, Irving declined to disclose his vaccination status and requested that his privacy be respected. However, Irving’s status was labeled as “ineligible to participate” on the box score when the Nets visited the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks for a preseason game on Oct. 8.
Irving’s only conceivable justification for being ineligible for Brooklyn is that he isn’t immunized. At that moment, the cat was out of the bag. Irving practiced on Oct. 10 after appealing to the city to have their practice facility excused from the requirement as a private gym.
The Nets, meanwhile, issued a statement ruling Irving out until his situation changes, after talks with governor Joe Tsai, general manager Sean Marks, coach Steve Nash, and players Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Joe Harris.
Steve Nash is refusing to respond to Kyrie Irving’s inquiries.
Nets coach Steve Nash reacted to Kyrie Irving’s social media post, according to a tweet from Brian Lewis of the New York Post on Oct. 14. Nash was adamant about not participating in the debate:
“I didn’t pay attention to it.” And I believe I’ve spoken all I have to say about the subject. We can discuss it if anything changes, but for now, I’d want to concentrate on going forward with our group and finding answers to the challenges we have.”
Nash recognizes that the process of going ahead is fraught with difficulties.
“When you lose an outstanding player like that, your roster is structured around having three guys, so everyone has to move up a position,” Nash said.
Brooklyn has a lot of depth in the backcourt. Harden has spent most of his career as a point guard, especially when leading the Houston Rockets from 2012 to 21. As a result, the Nets may keep a star in the position of primary ball-handler.
Patty Mills, a veteran who won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, was also signed by the Nets. Last season, they had Bruce Brown as a key defender, and youngster Cam Thomas has showed star potential in the Summer League and preseason.
Steve Nash isn’t the only one on the Internet who is keeping his mouth shut.
Harden claimed he hadn’t spoken to his backcourt running partner on the day the Nets made their decision on Kyrie Irving’s status, according to Ryan Morik of Sports New York.
“That’s where the front desk is.” “As a collective unit, we had discussions, and the front office ultimately decided that if Ky wasn’t going to be here full-time, it was best for him not to be on the team part-time,” Harden said. “I have no say in the matter, and all I can do is express my viewpoint.” We need to keep moving ahead. Obviously, we’d want Kyrie to join us.”
The necessity for consistency throughout the program, according to Steve Nash, was the determining factor.
“This was a tough choice,” Nash said, “but I believe it was a good one that made perfect sense to everyone.” “And then we’ll simply have to go on.” It would be fantastic to have him back in the fold if circumstances changed, but having a guy in and out like that was a risky scenario. As a result, there is greater clarity, and we can concentrate on the future and keep moving forward.”
The Nets have more skill than they have had since their inception in the NBA in 1976. The stakes are very high. Steve Nash is handling the recurrent turmoil surrounding Kyrie Irving the best way he knows how: by concentrating on the men who are there to support him.
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