BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets star Keri Irving did not attend team media day at Barclays Center Monday due to COVID-19 protocols in New York City.
Sources told ESPN that he is expected to travel with the team to San Diego later on Monday and participate in the team’s training camp this week.
Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an executive order requiring professional athletes in the New York City area to show evidence of at least one vaccine injection to train or play in the city.
“It’s Kerry’s decision, it’s his personal decision. What he does, we don’t have to speculate on what might happen,” Nets star Kevin Durant said. “We trust Kyrie and I expect we’ll have a full squad at some point.”
James Harden said he expected Irving to speak to reporters later on Monday and explain the situation.
“Obviously Ky is a big part of what we’re trying to do,” Harden said.
Last week, Nets general manager Sean Marks noted that not all of the team’s players had met this requirement, but he expected the team would be in compliance by the season opener next month.
The Nets’ first pre-season game in Brooklyn on October 8. They began their pre-season schedule on the road Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.