If Kyrie Irving doesn’t get vaccinated, he’ll be unavailable for not just the Nets’ 41 home games, but two road games against the Knicks as well.
“Home teams have a vaccine requirement when playing in NYC,” Bill Neidhardt, a spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, wrote in a statement on Tuesday. “That applies to the Nets in Barclays, Knicks in MSG & everyone when they play each other.”
Neidhardt confirmed to the Daily News that “everyone when they play each other” means Knicks need to be vaccinated at Barclays, and Nets need to be vaccinated at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are 100% vaccinated, while Irving appeared remotely at the Nets’ media day on Monday and would not address his vaccination status. Most of the Nets roster, including their key rotation players, appeared in person at Barclays on Monday, indicating that they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
The city’s order requires proof one shot of any COVID vaccine to enter communal indoor venues like restaurants and arenas. The Nets’ first preseason home game is Oct. 8, and their regular season home opener is Oct. 24. Their first trip into Manhattan to play the Knicks is Feb. 16.
Earlier Tuesday, the NBA declined to comment, saying that New York City’s emergency health order dictated the situation.