Kyrie Irving: Nets superstar enters NBA health and safety protocols | NBA.com India
Kyrie Irving suffered a setback upon returning to the Brooklyn Nets.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN , the Nets say Irving has been placed in NBA health and safety protocols. The news comes less than 24 hours after the franchise announced it would allow Irving to join the team on a part-time basis.
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Irving, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, does not yet have a costume for the Nets this season.
Under New York City’s rules for unvaccinated people, Irving is not allowed to play in home games for the Nets or road games against the Knicks. Irving is, however, permitted to train at the team’s private facilities and participate in road games outside of a visit to the Raptors, which is prohibited due to Canadian laws for unvaccinated athletes.
After initially saying the team would not allow Irving to participate part-time, the Nets general manager Sean Marks has changed course , citing discussions with players and coaching staff and a lack of player availability due to injury and COVID-19 as reasons Irving returned to the team.
Irving is one of nine Nets players to enter health and safety protocols this week, with news of his entry coming just an hour after it was announced that Kevin Durant had been placed in protocols. Durant and Irving join a roster 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 team depends on his testing negative for five consecutive days. Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News clarified that Irving’s entry into league health and safety protocols is an indication that he has returned a COVID-19 test result that is positive or inconclusive.
I got some clarification from the Nets: Kyrie Irving wouldn’t have entered health and safety protocols if he was just doing testing to get back on the team. He returned a positive or inconclusive test, which requires 5 consecutive days of negative testing for unvaccinated players.
– Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) December 18, 2021
Once Irving is cleared to return to the squad, he will then be placed on a return-to-play schedule before he can make his season debut.
Irving is eligible to play in 24 of the Nets’ 53 remaining games, but his entry into health and safety protocols obscures any timeline for his potential return to action. He has not played a match since June 13, 2021.
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