On Friday, an official from the New York City Hall told CNN that Irving will be allowed to train in the team’s facilities, but due to the city’s Covid-19 vaccine regulations, he will not be eligible to participate in the Nets’ Barclays Home games in the center.
“Kerry made a personal choice, and we respect his personal right to choose,” Max said in a statement.
“At present, this choice limits his ability to become a full-time member of the team. We will not allow any member of our team to participate part-time.
“The imperative is that we continue to build chemistry as a team and stay true to the values of unity and sacrifice we have established for a long time.
“Our championship goals this season have not changed. In order to achieve these goals, every member of our organization must work in the same direction. We are excited about the beginning of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make The district became Brooklyn’s pride.”
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, spoke about his excitement in playing in front of fans again on the league’s media day last month, but declined to disclose his vaccination status, saying he “want to keep all this confidential.”
“I know I will be there every day anyway, and appear in front of my teammates as one of the leaders of the team,” he added.
“I know that the focus must be at the highest level in history, without distraction. This is the last thing I want to create, more distraction, more noise and more drama.
“I am doing my best to maintain this with good intentions and a good mentality.”
The NBA warned the Nets and the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors in September that the new Covid-19 policy formulated by the local government will prohibit any unvaccinated players from participating in home games in New York City and San Francisco.
The Nets kicked off their 2021-22 season in an away game against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on October 19th, and then held their first game of the season against the Charlotte Hornets on October 24th. Home game.