GM Marks announces Kyrie’s exclusion until he can work full time with the team. His unvaccinated status currently prevents him from playing home matches
Kyrie Irving is out of the Brooklyn Nets. At least until he can be a full-time member of the group. It is the sensational decision announced by general manager Sean Marks, which adds further fire to an already explosive situation: Kyrie is in fact not vaccinated, and due to the restrictions in force in the city of New York he cannot set foot at the Barclays Center.
the press release
“After careful evaluation and considering the fluidity of the situation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the team until he can do it full time – Marks said in the statement -. Kyrie has made a personal decision, and we respect her freedom of choice. But at the moment that choice of his prevents him from being a full-time member of our team, and we don’t want to allow any member of our group to have part-time availability. It is imperative to continue building our team understanding and remain true to our values of sacrifice and commitment. Our goal this year is still to win the title, and to do so every member of our organization must row in the same direction. We can’t wait for the season to begin, a successful one in which we hope to make Brooklyn proud of us ”.
The Nets took the hard line, putting the team first. It was unthinkable that Irving could really have a part-time role in a team that is aiming for the title, which he can play in just 39 games out of 82, not setting foot all season at Barclays Center, never playing in front of his fans. Nash was pondering whether to use Irving as the sixth man, but Marks and the club preferred to send a direct message to the player: the team, and the goal of the season, comes first. The GM hoped that the week of work in San Diego with the rest of the Nets had convinced Irving to get vaccinated, to put team reason first (a bit like he said he did for the Lakers LeBron James, who was vaccinated “to be available for my team “). Kyrie, on the other hand, remained firm on his positions, skipping 3 training sessions in Brooklyn and the first of the preseason at the Barclays Center: for him it is a matter of principle, even if not playing at home for this reason could cost him over 17 million dollars. The Nets couldn’t afford to have a part-time star and sent him yet another message: you’re out, until you decide to put the team first, as others do. With Irving, nothing is taken for granted: now the ball goes to him. What will it do?
October 12, 2021 (change October 12, 2021 | 17:31)
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