Official news surrounding the vaccination status of Brooklyn Nets’ players has yet to come out; however, Sean Marks recently stated that he expects a couple of players would not be cleared to play for the team if the season began this week but was confident that the whole team would be in compliance with guidelines by Opening Night. 

Despite this confidence, Nets’ superstar Kyrie Irving has made it clear that he will not be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. When asked about his position on receiving the vaccine and the NBA’s guidelines, Irving expressed that he plans to wait out the process and hopes the league will eventually modify its position. Irving has also stated that if the league does not back down its position, then he is more than willing to miss a few games. 

Irving’s aunt, Tyki Irving, confirmed Irving’s stance during an interview with Rolling Stone’s Matt Sullivan when stating “There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way…It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”

Irving’s stance begs many questions for the Nets this upcoming season. For now, the Nets do not feel rushed or pressured by the situation; however, October 19th is quickly approaching and the Nets will definitely need their All-Star point guard for a shot at the championship.

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