Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets has met its first setback.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets introduced that Irving has been placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The information comes lower than 24 hours after the franchise introduced that it could allow Irving to re-join the staff on a part-time foundation.
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Irving, who isn’t vaccinated for COVID-19, has but to swimsuit up for the Nets this season.
According to New York City guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, Irving isn’t allowed to play in Nets dwelling video games or street video games in opposition to the Knicks. Irving is, nevertheless, allowed to apply on the staff’s personal facility and play in street video games exterior of a go to to the Raptors, which is prohibited attributable to Canadian legal guidelines for unvaccinated athletes.
After initially stating the staff wouldn’t permit Irving to be a part-time participant, Nets basic supervisor Sean Marks changed his course, citing discussions with gamers and teaching workers and a scarcity of participant availability attributable to harm and COVID-19 as the explanations for permitting Irving to re-join the staff.
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Irving is certainly one of 9 Nets’ gamers to enter health and safety protocols this week, with the information of his entry coming simply an hour after it was introduced that Kevin Durant had been placed in the protocols. Durant and Irving be a part of a listing that already included LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, James Harden, James Johnson and Paul Millsap.
Wojnarowski reported that Irving’s return to the staff depends upon him testing unfavourable on 5 consecutive days. Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News offered clarification that Irving’s entry into the league’s health and safety protocols is a sign that he has returned a COVID-19 check consequence that’s constructive or inconclusive.
Got some readability from the Nets: Kyrie Irving wouldn’t have entered the health and safety protocols if he was merely testing to return to the staff. He has returned a constructive or inconclusive check, which requires 5 days of consecutive unfavourable assessments for unvaccinated gamers.
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) December 18, 2021
Once Irving is permitted to re-join the staff, he’ll then be placed right into a return-to-play program earlier than he is ready to make his season debut.
Irving is eligible to play in 24 of the Nets’ 53 remaining video games, however his entry into health and safety protocols clouds any timeline of his potential return to motion.