Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has returned to training sessions with his team for the first time since the preseason. This comes after the Nets decided to exclude him due to his status as being unvaccinated against COVID-19. Irving expressed his gratitude for being able to return to practice while explaining that he understands the team’s decision to exclude him because of New York’s vaccine mandate.
In the opinion of coach Steve Nash, Irving will need one to two weeks of training in order to be ready to perform in a game on the road. Irving will continue to be unable to play home games, with the Barclays Center still being under the local mandate that stipulates that players must be vaccinated in order to play there.
Irving expressed his delight at rejoining his teammates on the practice court, explaining: “It’s my first day back around the block with the guys, and it felt like it’s been a long time. It’s only been, what, three months or so. But it has felt like the days have been slowly crossed off the calendar while I am sitting at home.”