The Nets are on account of host their first home sport of the 2021-22 NBA common season on October 24 towards the Charlotte Hornets, although Irving seems set to miss out.
“I believe we acknowledge he isn’t taking part in home games,” Nash instructed reporters on Sunday.
“We’re going to need to for positive play with out him this 12 months. So it simply will depend on when, the place and the way a lot.”
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, had spoken on the league’s media day final month of his pleasure to play in entrance of followers once more however refused to reveal his vaccination standing, saying he “want to preserve all that non-public.”
“I do know that I’ll be there every single day it doesn’t matter what and simply be current for my teammates as one of many leaders on the group,” Irving stated.
“I do know the main target needs to be at an all-time excessive, no distractions. This is the very last thing I needed to create, was extra distractions and extra hoopla and extra drama round this.
“I’m doing my greatest to keep up this with good intentions and a very good coronary heart.”
The HSS Training Center — the Nets’ observe facility in Brooklyn — is viable for Irving to coach at as a result of it’s thought-about a non-public office and subsequently not topic to New York City’s vaccination mandate, which prohibits NBA gamers from collaborating in home games if they aren’t vaccinated or exempt. The regulation doesn’t apply to visiting gamers.
Listed as ineligible by the Nets, Irving was absent for Friday’s home preseason victory over the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Durant and James Harden each featured for the Nets, who ran out 119-115 winners in a repeat match-up of final season’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
Last season’s Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t function for the champions — although the Greek will be set to play as a part of a a lot stronger Bucks facet when the 2 groups meet once more for the season opener in Milwaukee on October 19.