Though the mandate mostly keeps Irving out of home games at Barclays Center, he also cannot play in “Road” games at Madison Square Garden. “I think if ultimately that rule is about protecting people who are in the arena, it just doesn’t quite make sense to me that an away player who is unvaccinated can play in Barclays but the home player can’t. To me, that’s a reason they should take a look at that ordinance.
“So while, again, my personal view is people should get vaccinated and boosted, I can imagine a scenario where Brooklyn, as part of New York City, with a new mayor now who wasn’t in place, Eric Adams, when that original ordinance was put into place, I could see him deciding to change along the way and say it’s no longer necessary to have a mandatory vaccination requirement, as I said, particularly one that only affects home players. Players from visiting teams who are unvaccinated are allowed to play against the Nets and Knicks in New York City. “
As things stand, Irving is eligible to play in just eight of the Nets’ 25 remaining games, and will not suit up again until after the All-Star break on Feb. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks.