The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Irving misses first practice as Nets return to NY

- By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving didn’t practice with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, again remaining away from the team amid questions about his availabili­ty to play in New York because of the city’s vaccine mandate.

Coach Steve Nash said he had no further update about the status of his AllStar guard.

“We support him, we’re here for him. When things change and there’s a resolution, we’re here for him,” Nash said.

Irving hasn’t said if he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, asking for privacy when pressed about his status during the team’s media day on Sept. 27. He wasn’t with his teammates that day at Barclays Center, instead appearing via Zoom.

New York has a mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns for athletes who play in or practice in the city.

The Nets held training camp last week in San Diego, with Irving present and practicing, and they ran their first practice at their training facility in Brooklyn on Tuesday with everyone except Irving.

Nash said he wasn’t concerned about not being able to have his full team together, two weeks before the Nets play the NBA’s season-opening game at the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks.

“We’re just trying to work every day,” Nash said.

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