Kyrie Irving yet to receive COVID vaccine shot?


Two days after Sean Marks told the media he’s “confident” that his team will meet league and city standards on COVID vaccinations by Opening Night, Yaron Weitzman of FOX Sports reports that Irving “has yet to receive a vaccine shot,” citing “multiple league sources,” not further identified. Specifically, here’s what Weitzman reported Thursday afternoon, as part of a larger piece on the status of the NBA’s vaccination policies days before the opening of training camp… According to multiple league sources, Irving has yet to receive a vaccine shot. Both the Nets and a spokeswoman for Irving declined to comment on the record
Source: Net Income @ NetsDaily

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Kyrie Irving reportedly unvaccinated, could miss Nets home games nba.nbcsports.com/2021/09/23/kyr…5:25 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Love him or hate him: Kyrie Irving is one of the most compelling athletes in our time. – 4:21 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Unvaccinated #NBA players could be sidelined in some markets in 2021-22 season. This report cites multiple sources saying Kyrie Irving is among them. #Nets foxsports.com/stories/nba/un…3:41 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Kyrie Irving is among the unvaccinated players, per ⁦@Yaron Weitzmanfoxsports.com/stories/nba/un…3:23 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
“One player who could be affected is Nets guard Kyrie Irving. According to multiple league sources, Irving has yet to receive a vaccine shot.” foxsports.com/stories/nba/un…3:12 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
With NBA camps opening next week, updates on a number of key players returning or still rehabbing injuries-from Klay Thompson to Joel Embiid to Kyrie Irving and James Harden-in @The Athletic: bit.ly/3o8hnRM12:00 PM

Story continues

The Jump @_Talkin_NBA
ESPN’s #NBArank for the 21-22 season from 25 to 6:
25. Rudy Gobert
24. Karl-Anthony Towns
23. Zion Williamson
22. Jrue Holiday
21. Bam Adebayo
20. Kyrie Irving
19. Khris Middleton
18. Donovan Mitchell
17. Trae Young
16. Jimmy Butler
#NBATwitter8:55 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Nets aiming to sign Harden, Irving to contract extensions in upcoming weeks
sportando.basketball/en/nets-aiming…9:33 AM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
The Super-Smitty from Kyrie. @Steve Smith pic.twitter.com/iuRs0Dpp5S11:43 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Clock ticking on #Nets‘ Kyrie Irving, James Harden contract goal nypost.com/2021/09/21/clo… via @nypostsports teammate @PeterBotte8:23 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Sean Marks and Steve Nash met with the media today to preview the season. On the latest with Kyrie & Harden’s extension talks, Nic Claxton’s role and Marks’ talks with LaMarcus Aldridge as they discussed LA’s attempt to return to BK. Subscribe for 50% off: theathletic.com/2840326/2021/0…4:49 PM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Sean Marks discussed extensions for both Kyrie Irving and James Harden: “We’ve had very positive conversations with both of those guys.”
Kevin Durant signed his 4-year extension in August. – 1:36 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Nets GM Sean Marks, meeting with reporters today, continues to express optimism about reaching contract extensions with James Harden and Kyrie Irving after “very positive conversations” with both.
My latest, meanwhile, on the Ben Simmons saga is here: marcstein.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…1:04 PM

Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Sean Marks said Kyrie and Harden both look great. Extension talks ongoing. No timetable. pic.twitter.com/EN39ghsKJH1:03 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks on extensions for Kyrie Irving and James Harden: “We’ve had very positive conversations with both of those guys.” pic.twitter.com/ktZD8L7SEU1:03 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets GM Sean Marks says BKN has had ‘very positive’ conversations with both Kyrie Irving and James Harden about signing extensions. Says they are looking forward to continuing to talk to Irving and Harden about extensions over the next week or two. – 1:02 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Sean Marks on James Harden/Kyrie Irving extension talks: “We’ve had very positive conversations with both of those guys and their family members. It always helps to do those things in person.” Says they’re going to resume talks in the next 2 weeks or so. #Nets1:01 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Sean Marks on extensions for Harden and Irving: “It always helps to do these things in person…We look forward to sitting down with them over the next few weeks.” #Nets1:01 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Nets GM Sean Marks says he’s had “very positive conversations w/ both those guys’ — Kyrie Irving and James Harden — regarding contract extensions. Said he expects more talks in the coming weeks. – 1:01 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Sean Marks said both Kyrie Irving and James Harden look great physically. Says both are ready to go. Said he’s had positive conversations with both regarding contract extensions, hopes to sit down with them in person over the next two weeks to continue them. – 1:01 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
How awesome was @jj_redick at hitting seemingly impossible shots?
In 2017 I dug through mounds of player tracking data to find out who was the NBA’s best at making hard shots.
It wasn’t KD.
It wasn’t Steph.
It wasn’t Kyrie.
It wasn’t Harden.
It was JJ.
espn.com/nba/insider/st…9:27 AM

More on this storyline

James said his vaccination status was a “family” conversation and “private thing” when he was asked about it in May. Earlier in the month, former Laker point guard Dennis Schröder told a German-language publication that he and James were the only Lakers players who hadn’t received the vaccine, before later telling reporters he was the only Laker not vaccinated. Dwight Howard previously questioned the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines during an Instagram Live in July 2020. Kent Bazemore also told reporters that he wasn’t planning on getting the vaccine. Back in March, when he was with the Warriors, he said he considered the decision a “lifestyle thing.” Pelinka did not name which players have yet to be vaccinated. -via The Athletic / September 24, 2021

Monte Poole: Sources: Andrew Wiggins has been in the Bay Area this month but is restricted to individual sessions at Chase Center. Under current SF protocols, if he isn’t fully vaccinated over next 20 days, those workouts will end. -via Twitter @MontePooleNBCS / September 23, 2021

Shams Charania: 90 percent of NBA players are currently fully vaccinated, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Player vaccination rate has been rising as training camps open next week. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / September 23, 2021

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