Kyrie Irving – vaccine card reportedly not in tow – was set to re-join the Brooklyn Nets (albeit on a part-time basis); but that reunion will have to wait a little while longer.
On Saturday, Irving became the ninth Nets’ player to enter COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Irving will have to produce five days of consecutive negative tests to practice with the team.
Nets’ stars Kevin Durant and James Harden are also in COVID-19 protocols.
It’s been a tough week for the NBA as COVID-19 cases have ballooned to record-highs on the back of the seemingly vaccine-resistant Omicron variant.
Still, early research suggests that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are moderately successful at reducing the likelihood of serious illness onset by coronavirus infection, per PBS.
If the Nets aren’t able to fill out their roster quickly, they may have to postpone games in the same vein as the Chicago Bulls.