On Friday, a New York City Hall official instructed CNN that Irving will probably be allowed to follow at the crew’s facility however will not be eligible to play in the Nets’ residence video games at Barclays Center due to the metropolis’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
“Kyrie has made a private selection, and we respect his particular person proper to select,” Marks mentioned in an announcement.
“Currently, the selection restricts his capability to be a full-time member of the crew, and we are going to not allow any member of our crew to take part with part-time availability.
“It is crucial that we proceed to construct chemistry as a crew and stay true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice.
“Our championship objectives for the season have not modified, and to obtain these objectives every member of our group should pull in the identical route. We are excited for the begin of the season and look ahead to a profitable marketing campaign that can make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
Irving, a seven-time All-Star, had spoken at the league’s media day final month of his pleasure to play in entrance of followers once more however refused to disclose his vaccination status, saying he “would love to preserve all that non-public.”
“I do know that I’ll be there day by day it doesn’t matter what and simply be current for my teammates as one in every of the leaders on the crew,” he added.
“I do know the focus has to be at an all-time excessive, no distractions. This is the final thing I wished to create, was extra distractions and extra hoopla and extra drama round this.
“I’m doing my finest to keep this with good intentions and a great coronary heart.”
The NBA warned the Nets in addition to the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors in September that new Covid-19 insurance policies set by native governments will prohibit any unvaccinated participant from taking part in in residence video games in New York City and San Francisco.
The Nets open their 2021-22 season on the street in opposition to the defending NBA champion, Milwaukee Bucks on October 19, earlier than internet hosting their first residence recreation of the season on October 24 in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets.