The standoff between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets over the Covid vaccine has reached a brand new stage. On Tuesday morning GM Sean Marks issued an announcement that, in no unsure phrases, stated Irving is not going to play for, or journey with the group, regardless of technically with the ability to play highway video games within the upcoming season.
The Nets’ determination is grounded in widespread sense, however will unquestionably elevate some eyebrows across the NBA. Selecting to be and not using a key participant, and a part of your “big-three” in a 12 months most pegged the group to be a contender within the finals is a daring determination, however probably the proper one. Last week I broke down why losing continuity for a part-time Kyrie was a risk, based mostly off his 2020 season — however there’s no query the group will miss his skill within the playoffs, the place he has actually shined previously.
Regardless of this being a serious setback to the Nets plans for 2021-22, they nonetheless have Kevin Durant and James Harden. This, coupled with signing Patty Mills within the offseason nonetheless offers Brooklyn an opportunity to be a favourite within the east, regardless of being with out Irving.
It stays to be seen if this newest transfer by the Nets will likely be sufficient strain to get Irving vaccinated, or if he’ll proceed to proceed his resistance to getting the shot.