Did Kryie Cross The Nets Over?

With a title run being a realistic objective for the Nets this season, is this just a business decision or is it more of a sign of the overall outlook of COVID-19 and its variants?

By
Daniela Salazar
on
September 25, 2022
Category:
Sports

As of today, Kyrie Irving becomes the ninth Nets player to enter the NBA health and safety protocol, along with MVPĀ candidate Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap.

Kyrie Irving needs five consecutive days of negative tests to be able to practice and play with the Nets again, and this being only part time.

Due to Irving being unvaccinated and playing in a New York team with heavy vaccination rules, Irving is only allowed to play in cities that do not have strict vaccination rules.

This has been a controversial topic because the Nets had cut off Irving from team activities and games until he received his vaccination but are now changing their position and allowing him back in as a part time player for road games after he receives 5 negative tests.

It could be seen as a bit hypocritical by many, seeing how the team had previously been strict with their vaccination policies.

Although Irving is allowed to rejoin the team without obtaining his vaccine, he is not allowed to play on their home court.

The reasoning behind this shift likely has something to do with the Nets roster taking some heavy hits with the rise of COVID-19 cases on the team including vaccinated players and with the hit of Durant, they were in danger of not having enough players to field a full roster and threatening their strong playoff positioning.

Durant, who is vaccinated, can return to play after two consecutive days of negative tests.

With a title run being a realistic objective for the Nets this season, is this just a business decision or is it more of a sign of the overall outlook of COVID-19 and its variants?

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