Nets star Kyrie Irving misses first practice in Brooklyn

Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving reportedly missed the Nets’ first practice held in Brooklyn on Tuesday, suggesting the All-Pro guard remains unvaccinated.

New York City has instituted regulations barring unvaccinated players from participating in practices or games. Irving would need proof of at least one vaccine shot in order to practice or play in his own arena, the Barclays Center.

The Nets opened their training camp in San Diego last week, returning Tuesday for their first practice in their own arena.

Irving has remained steadfast that he will not get the vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. If he continues to hold out, he would miss the Nets’ 41 home games, as long as the regulations remain in place. That would equate to more than $15.5 million lost for Irving, who’s under contract for $34.9 million in 2021-22.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association reportedly agreed on a reduction in pay of 1/91.6th of a player’s salary for missing games due to vaccine regulations in New York City and San Francisco.

The Nets’ home opener is Oct. 24 against Charlotte.

–Field Level Media

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