The Nets will face the Charlotte Hornets on October 24 to host their first home game of the 2021-22 NBA regular season, although Irving looks set to miss.
“I think we recognize that he didn’t play a home game,” Nash told reporters on Sunday.
“This year we will definitely play without him. So it depends on time, place and quantity.”
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.”
Irving said: “I know I will be there every day no matter what, appearing in front of my teammates as one of the leaders of the team.”
“I know that the focus must reach 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 HSS training center—the Nets’ practice range in Brooklyn—is feasible training for Irving because it is considered a private workplace and is subsequently not subject to the New York City vaccination regulations, which bans the NBA. Players participate in home games if they are not vaccinated or exempt. This rule does not apply to visiting players.
Irving, who was disqualified by the Nets, missed Friday’s preseason game with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks at home.
Kevin Durant and James Harden both played for the Nets, and they won 119-115 in a repeated matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.
Last season’s Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play for the championship team-although when the two teams meet again in the season opener in Milwaukee on October 19, the Greeks will become even more important. A member of the mighty Bucks.
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