According to reports, the Brooklyn Nets got a bit of welcome news after the city of New York ruled that Kyrie Irving is eligible to participate in practice despite remaining unvaccinated.
Irving has been at the center of controversy due to his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccination. In New York, just like San Francisco, employees are required to be vaccinated if working indoors. The city ruled the Brooklyn Nets facility is a private business allowing the former No. 1 overall pick to practice with the team on non-game days.
Despite being able to practice, Irving is still barred from the Barclays Center on game day. "My first thought is that it's positive," Nets coach Steve Nash said. "We have him around the team for a larger period of our season, and we'll see what happens."
Irving will be eligible to play on Monday against the 76ers in Philadelphia, however, it's unlikely he will see the floor. "It sounds like we may have Kyrie on the road with us, but I'm not sure he'll be playing since we haven't seen him for a week," Nash said. "And, obviously, safety first. We'll make sure he's not at huge risk of injury. But a lot to be worked through. I mean, we're just kind of getting information at the same time you guys are, so we'll see."