Kyrie Irving returning in January?

Kyrie Irving returning in January?

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Kyrie Irving returning in January?

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A change in the New York City Mayor’s office could pave the way for Kyrie Irving to return to the Brooklyn Nets in 2022. Mayor-elect Eric Adams plans to “revisit” the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate rules once he takes office, according to the New York Post. “We need to revisit how we are going to address the vaccine mandates. Now, I stated I did not want to Monday-morning-quarterback the mayor [Bill de Blasio]. This is his time to be the man, he has to make the decisions,” Adams said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” per the Post.
Source: Adam Zagoria @ Newark Star-Ledger

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Steve Nash: Nets would welcome back Kyrie Irving, even if unvaccinated, if New York mandate changes nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/03/ste…7:15 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs Hawks Game:
▪️Kevin Durant is about to crack 60% accuracy from the field. Right now, he’s shooting it at 58%.
▪️Cam Reddish has scored 15+ points in every game this season but one.
▪️Kyrie Irving & Nic Claxton are out for Brooklyn. – 7:00 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
My essay on the Nets and what we have seen through the first few weeks of the season without Kyrie Irving. pic.twitter.com/1nZSD6BqOM6:30 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Nash said in his pregame session that if NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams changes the city’s vaccine mandate when he takes office, Kyrie Irving would certainly be welcomed back by the Nets. – 5:56 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving if the city’s vaccine mandates are loosened: “If the mandate changes, he’d be welcome back for sure.” #Nets5:56 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said he presumes if mayor elect Eric Adams loosens the city’s Covid vaccine mandates – a huge if, since he was very pro-vaccine – Kyrie Irving would be welcomed back with open arms, vaccinated or no. #Nets #NBA5:52 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Steve Nash says if NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams lifts the city’s vaccine mandate, Kyrie Irving would be welcome back, regardless of whether he gets vaccinated. – 5:51 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Steve Nash asked about the potential of NYC vaccine mandate changing and whether the team would welcome Kyrie back: “I might be speaking out of turn, but I think if the mandate changes he’d be welcomed back for sure.” – 5:50 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash asked about new NYC mayor Eric Adams possibly changing the vaccine mandate. Said if it’s changed, Kyrie Irving will be welcomed back even if he’s still unvaccinated. – 5:49 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“If the mandate changes, he’ll be welcomed back for sure.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving possibly returning on in January. – 5:49 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Ex-#Nets teammate Caris LeVert knows Kyrie Irving wants to play nypost.com/2021/11/03/ex-… via @nypostsports teammate @Marc Berman4:46 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Ex-Nets teammate Caris LeVert knows Kyrie Irving wants to play. Levert is back and faces #Knicks tonight in Indy nypost.com/2021/11/03/ex-…4:09 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Caris LeVert wants to see former teammate Kyrie Irving back on the court newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday3:55 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Nets’ Kyrie Irving could return in January if NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams changes COVID vaccine mandate nj.com/sports/2021/11…2:11 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
NY Post story on New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams planning to “revisit” the city’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates upon taking office on January 1. Nets star Kyrie Irving remains unvaccinated and sidelined because of his decision to not fulfill the mandate. bit.ly/2ZKkJAu12:57 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
NY governor praises #Nets’ vaccine effort, Kyrie Irving notwithstanding nypost.com/2021/11/02/ny-… via @nypostsports teammate @NYPost_Brazille1:56 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton and Kyrie Irving are the only ones out for tomorrow’s game against the Hawks. – 5:31 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
NY Gov. Hochul takes questions about Kyrie Irving. Nothing has changed on that front. Hochul is encouraging as many people, including children, to get vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/cwbXsFwz9S3:47 PM

More on this storyline

He added on CNN’s “New Day” that “I hope the mayor — and I am encouraging him to do that — to sit down with unions and come to a resolution. And if he doesn’t, if this is still going to January, I’m going to sit down with them and we’re going to get this resolved.” The Nets last month banned Irving, a West Orange native, from practices and games because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19. The team has said he can only return as a “full participant,” meaning either he gets vaccinated or New York’s regulations change. Irving is projected to lose about half of his $35 million salary this season as a result, but still gets paid for road games. -via Newark Star-Ledger / November 3, 2021
Mayor-elect Eric Adams vowed to “revisit” the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers when he takes office and reach a “resolution” on the matter, as he took an election victory lap Wednesday morning. During a series of media appearances the day after he handily beat Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa, the Democrat also repeatedly promised he wouldn’t step on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s toes regarding the controversial jab order. “We need to revisit how we are going to address the vaccine mandates. Now, I stated I did not want to Monday-morning-quarterback the mayor. This is his time to be the man, he has to make the decisions,” Adams said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” -via New York Post / November 3, 2021
As Kyrie Irving remains away from the Nets, refusing to adhere to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the team has moved on without him. Tuesday afternoon, in an ironic twist, the Nets and Liberty teamed up with Gov. Kathy Hochul to offer free tickets to anyone who gets vaccinated at Barclays Center — which Irving has been unwilling to do. “I think the message is that the team itself supports vaccinations,” Hochul said, when asked directly about Irving’s decision not to get vaccinated. “The vast, vast, vast majority of their players are vaccinated, and they’re here to support making sure that members of the community are vaccinated. That’s the takeaway from today’s event.” -via New York Post / November 3, 2021

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