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Kyrie Irving ‘extremely grateful’ to be again at follow

It was realized again on Dec. 17 that Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was working to make his return to the membership for highway video games after he missed greater than two months of motion due to his refusal to obtain one of many accessible COVID-19 vaccines coupled with New York Metropolis’s vaccine mandate concerning gamers taking part in contests held at venues reminiscent of Barclays Middle.

Irving, together with teammates Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, cleared the NBA’s well being and security protocols on Tuesday, and Irving made his much-anticipated return to the follow court docket Wednesday. 

He hadn’t practiced with the Nets since earlier than the beginning of the common season in October. 

“Extremely grateful simply to be again within the constructing,” Irving mentioned, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “Welcomed again with open arms [from] my teammates, the entire group. Not gonna lie, it has been comparatively powerful to observe from the sideline with all the things occurring on the earth. I do know all people is feeling it [COVID]. Simply praying for everyone to be wholesome throughout these occasions. If I get the chance to get on the court docket and play with my teammates, even whether it is simply on the highway for away video games, I’m grateful for the chance.”

The 23-9 Nets sit atop the Jap Convention standings and play their subsequent three video games at house, that means Irving can not make his season debut till Brooklyn travels to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 5 on the earliest. 

“He seems to be nice contemplating he simply got here out of protocols and hasn’t performed basketball,” Nets head coach Steve Nash mentioned of the one-time NBA champion. “How does he recuperate from right now? What number of high-intensity [practices] does he have to really feel comfy, assured.”

Irving added he “empathized” and “understood” why he was basically exiled away from the staff as a result of he could not be a full-time participant attributable to his unwillingness to obtain a coronavirus vaccine. He’s ineligible to play in highway matchups on the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors except he will get vaccinated. 

“I’m simply wanting ahead to that first sport whether or not it’s form of [Jan. 5] or someplace after that, nonetheless I can get again in form at an optimum degree and be productive, that’s what I’m aiming on,” he defined. 

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